Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Chinese New Year Feasting at Home

Twice cooked pork
Unless you want to wait forever, Chinese New Year ranks up there with Mother’s Day as the worst times to go for dim sum or out to any good Chinese restaurant for that matter--believe me, been there, done that on both occasions. So what's a girl to do when her FB and twitter feed starts bursting with Instagrams of homemade dumplings and Chinese New Year preparations? Well, fortunately this girl just had to invite her brother-in-law to dinner after stocking up on supplies to make our own feast of homemade Dan Dan Noodles, Twice-Cooked Pork and Scallion Pancakes...

Dan Dan Noodles
The Twice-Cooked Pork was good. The Scallion Pancakes were great, but the night belonged to the Dan Dan Noodles...

There's no denying that Dan Dan Noodles are among my favorite noodle dishes. We had our first taste of Dan Dan at Spicy Tasty in Flushing and for years they made my favorite rendition of them in the city. Then I discovered the Dan Dan at Lan Sheng in midtown, which due to accessibility and sheer fiery tastiness quickly eclipsed my love for noodles at Spicy Tasty. Lawman-in-law discovered this recipe online and I'll admit it makes some mighty fine, restaurant quality noodles. For the recipe I used ground pork in place of ground beef but kept everything else the same. Seriously, if you love Dan Dan Noodles, flag this recipe then get yourself to Chinatown to pick up some supplies stat. You'll thank me later.

If any of you have a suggestion as to where to get proper noodles for Dan Dan, lay it on me. The ones that Lawman picked up in Chinatown weren't quite the right thickness (though the price was certainly right at 99 cents for a giant package).

1 comment:

CityMinx said...

Kenji just did a post on Dan Dan noodles, he said he used fresh ones...

and what recipe did you use for the scallion pancakes?