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Re-Review: Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

This one really impressed me in the last year and I wanted to have it again. The folks at Mom’s Dry Noodle were kind enough to send another pack of it for review. I thought a fresh taste immediately before finalizing the top ten would be a good plan, and so here we go!

Here’s a little about Dan Dan noodle from Wikipedia –

Dandan noodles or dandanmian (simplified Chinese担担面traditional Chinese擔擔麵) is a noodle dish originating from Chinese Sichuan cuisine. It consists of a spicy sauce containing preserved vegetables (often including zha cai (榨菜), lower enlarged mustard stems, or ya cai (芽菜), upper mustard stems), chili oilSichuan pepper, minced pork, and scallions served over noodles.

Sesame paste and/or peanut butter is sometimes added, and occasionally replaces the spicy sauce, usually in the Taiwanese and American Chinese style of the dish.[1] In this case, dandanmian is considered as a variation of ma jiang mian (麻醬麵), sesame sauce noodles. In American Chinese cuisine, dandanmian is often sweeter, less spicy, and less soupy than its Sichuan counterpart.

Alright – let’s dig in!

Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle – Taiwan

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, ad noodle block to a pot of boiling water and cook for 6~7 minutes. Drain. Add in all sachets. Finally, stir well and enjoy!

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

The pack contains four sealed packages. Here’s the noodle block from one of them.

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

A dry sachet.

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

A fascinating and aromatic mixture – Sichuan peppercorn shell, garlic and seasoning.

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

A liquid base sachet.

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

The sesame base.

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

Another liquid base sachet.

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

Bright orange chilli oil!

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

A final sachet.

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

Soy sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallion, chashu pork, fried onion, sesame seeds, and an egg. The noodles are so good – chewy but with a giving softness at the same time. The flavor is multilayered – spicy, sesame, soy and then the nice hits of garlic and Sichuan peppercorn. Complex, yet simple – and extremely satisfying. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 4717011150322.

Re-Review: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

Taiwan: A New History (East Gate Books)

A promo spot for Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

#2512: Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Here’s a new one from Mom’s Dry Noodle. This one is Dan Dan Noodle flavor – here’s a little about that from Wikipedia –

Dandan noodles or dandanmian (simplified Chinese担担面traditional Chinese擔擔麵) is a noodle dish originating from Chinese Sichuan cuisine. It consists of a spicy sauce containing preserved vegetables (often including zha cai (榨菜), lower enlarged mustard stems, or ya cai (芽菜), upper mustard stems), chili oilSichuan pepper, minced pork, and scallions served over noodles.

Sesame paste and/or peanut butter is sometimes added, and occasionally replaces the spicy sauce, usually in the Taiwanese and American Chinese style of the dish.[1] In this case, dandanmian is considered as a variation of ma jiang mian (麻醬麵), sesame sauce noodles. In American Chinese cuisine, dandanmian is often sweeter, less spicy, and less soupy than its Sichuan counterpart.

The name refers to a type of carrying pole (dan dan) that was used by walking street vendors who sold the dish to passers-by. The pole was carried over the shoulder, with two baskets containing noodles and sauce attached at either end. As the noodles were affordable due to their low cost, the local people gradually came to call them dandan noodles, referencing the street vendors. Literally, the name translates as “noodles carried on a pole”, but may be better translated as “peddler’s noodles”.

A variety of English spellings are used. The first word may be either dandan, dundun or tantan, and the last word may also be spelled mein.

So these are from Taiwan and so far I’ve really liked pretty much everything from Mom’s Dry Noodle. Let’s have a look at this variety.

Mom’s Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle – Taiwan

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, ad noodle block to a pot of boiling water and cook for 6~7 minutes. Drain. Add in all sachets. Finally, stir well and enjoy!

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

One of the four individual servings.

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

One of the noodle blocks.

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

The dry base sachet.

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

A mottled and coarse concoction.

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

The first of three liquid sachets.

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Perhaps a Sichuan pepper oil?

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

A tan sachet.

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Looks like sesame paste

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

A smaller liquid sachet.

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Smells like soy sauce.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added scallion and ground pork. The noodles came out with a very nice chew. They aren’t mushy whatsoever and have a confident backbone. The flavor is very good as well. The notes of sesame, Sichuan pepper oil, Sichuan pepper in the dry mix and soy sauce all work together and play well with eachother; nobody’s feet get stepped on. Simple yet complex. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4717011150322.

#2586: Mom's Dry Noodle Dan Dan Noodle - Taiwan - The Ramen Rater

Formosan Odyssey: Taiwan, Past and Present

A video featuring Kyle from Mom’s Dry Noodles from a few years back

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

Here’s one from Javier over at www.BoxFromJapan.com – thank you! So Box From Japan is a subscription service – every month, you can get a different four bowls of instant ramen from Japan – pretty awesome!  This one’s dandanmen – let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about this variety –

Dandan noodles or dandanmian (simplified Chinese: 担担面; traditional Chinese: 擔擔麵) is a noodle dish originating from Chinese Sichuan cuisine. It consists of a spicy sauce containing preserved vegetables (often including zha cai (榨菜), lower enlarged mustard stems, or ya cai (芽菜), upper mustard stems), chili oil, Sichuan pepper, minced pork, and scallions served over noodles.

Sesame paste and/or peanut butter is sometimes added, and occasionally replaces the spicy sauce, usually in the Taiwanese and American Chinese style of the dish.[1] In this case, dandanmian is considered as a variation of ma jiang mian (麻醬麵), sesame sauce noodles. In American Chinese cuisine, dandanmian is often sweeter, less spicy, and less soupy than its Sichuan counterpart.

The name refers to a type of carrying pole (dan dan) that was used by walking street vendors who sold the dish to passers-by. The pole was carried over the shoulder, with two baskets containing noodles and sauce attached at either end. As the noodles were affordable due to their low cost, the local people gradually came to call them dandan noodles, referencing the street vendors. Literally, the name translates as “noodles carried on a pole”, but may be better translated as “peddler’s noodles”.

There are a variety of English spellings. The first word may be either dandan, dundun or tantan, and the last word may also be spelled mein.

Alright – let’s check it out!

Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men – Japan

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Probably contains meat and fish. To prepare, add 410ml boiling water and vegetable sachet and cover for 5 minutes. Add in powder and liquid sachets. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

The noodle block.

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

The powder base sachet.

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

Lots of powder!

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

The liquid base sachet.

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

Looks kinda cool!

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

The vegetable sachet.

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

Looks like mincemeat, spring onion and sesame.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sliced chashu pork and spring onion. Noodles are awesome – chewy and very premium. Broth is very strong; salty and rich with a deep flavor. Indeed, I always get a taste of peanut in dandanmen. The included vegetables and mincemeat are quite good. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901990337496.

#2475: Maruchan Seimen Red Spicy Dandan Men - Japan - The Ramen Rater - マルちゃん正麺 カップ うま辛担担麺

5PX6 pieces Maru-chan Seimen curry udon

A Maruchan TV commercial.

#1189: Acecook Comet Mori Yukino Tan-tan Men

Here’s one sent from Japan by Ichiro Yamoto of Yakantei! Thank you! This one was a little tricky to translate – I want to thank Courtnay N. of Canada and Mari S. of Tennessee! Tan tan men is more widely known as dandanmian. It heralds from China and is named after a pole street vendors would use to carry their wares. It’s usually a spicy broth with oil and minced pork affair.  After some research, I figured out who the woman on the lid is. She’s part of AKB48 – here’s what Wikipedia says about them:

AKB48 (read “A.K.B. Forty-eight”, pronounced as eː keː biː ɸɔːti eɪto) is a Japanese idolgirl group. As of September 2013, the group has 88 members.[2] The girls range in age from early teens to mid-20s.[3][4] Produced by Yasushi Akimoto, it is one of the highest-earning musical acts in the world, with 2012 record sales of over US$226 million in Japan.[5] It has achieved such popularity in Japan[6] that it has been characterized as a social phenomenon.[7]

An 88 member Japanese idol group. Whoa. Alright let’s check it out!

Here are the side panels (click to enlarge). One of the panels was so wide it just wasn’t in the cards to do up nicely – sorry about that.

The noodle block.

The powder soup sachet.

Has a curry like scent.

Liquid soup base sachet.

Look at that color!

The solid ingredient sachet.

An interesting melange of things…

Not sure what’s in this sachet.

Chili powder.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added green onions and minced pork. The noodles are broad and flat. They have a very nice chew to them and are of a premium type. The broth is very rich and oily. It has a strong spiciness and is almost thick – but not in a bad way. A rich pork flavor abounds. The veggies and other bits hydrated quite nicely. This is very good – 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 4901071234881.

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Here’s an AKB48 music video.

#983: Meet The Manufacturer – Sun Noodle Tantanmen Spicy Sesame Flavor Ramen (Mild)

Winding down the Sun Noodle Meet The Manufacturer with the next to last review. I must say there have been some really good ones in this bunch! Here’s something I’ve not tried previously – Tantanmen. Tantanmen as described by Wikipedia:

Dandan noodles or Dandanmian (traditional Chinese: 擔擔麵, simplified Chinese: 担担面) is a classic dish originating from ChineseSichuan cuisine. It consists of a spicy sauce containing preserved vegetables (often including zha cai, 榨菜, lower enlarged mustard stems, or ya cai, 芽菜, upper mustard stems), chili oil, Sichuan pepper, minced pork, and scallions served over noodles.

Sesame paste is sometimes added, and sometimes replaces the spicy sauce, usually in the Taiwanese and American Chinese-style of this dish.[1] In this case, Dandanmian is considered as a variation of Ma Jiang Mian (麻醬麵), sesame sauce noodles. In American Chinese cuisine, Dandanmian is often sweeter, less spicy, and less soupy, and peanut butter is sometimes added.

The ingredients and directions (click image to enlarge).


The noodles. You get two of these and two of the seasoning packets.

The liquid seasoning packet.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added kamaboko, green onion, sweet onion, hard boiled egg and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles rock – nice gauge and great feel – almost buttery. The broth has a strong sesame flavor. I also detect a flavor reminiscent of peanut butter and a slight spiciness. This one’s interesting! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 085315400059.

A look indie Sun Noodle – video here.

#795: Master Kong Red Oil Dan Dan Noodles

Here’s another one that Bo H. sent me from China! Thanks again! So what are Dan Dan noodles? here’s what Wikipedia says:

Dandan noodles or Dandanmian (traditional Chinese: 擔擔麵, simplified Chinese: 担担面) is a classic dish originating from ChineseSichuan cuisine. It consists of a spicy sauce containing preserved vegetables (often including zha cai, 榨菜, lower enlarged mustard stems, or ya cai, 芽菜, upper mustard stems), chili oil, Sichuan pepper, minced pork, and scallions served over noodles.

Alrighty then, let’s give it a try!

I cut and pasted all the text from the lid and scanned it. Click to enlarge.

Hey – chopsticks!

Here’s the big packet of spicy paste.

That’s a lot of goopy stuff – looks spicy!

The vegetables.

Looks like a nice little bunch of veggies.

Then there’s this little pouch with little hard things in it…

I ate one and I think they get sprinkled on top at the end.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Interesting… This one was fun to try; I’m really looking forward to these Master Kong’s as they’re huge in China and these aren’t available around this neck of the woods, that’s for sure. The noodles aren’t bad, – there’s a lot of them too. The flavor is a little bit spicy and a bit greasy. The veggies are nice. The only problem here is it seems kind of bland to me. Could use a little more flavor I think. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 6903252084818 .

Here’s a Master Kong commercial

How to make DanDan noodles at home