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This week, we were inspired to bring in new elements for the recipes. Noodles, Bok Choy, implementation of more flavors from the Middle East (Sesame seeds, etc). All of these ingredients would have been present in 1000 c.e. On paper, this recipe sounded easy, tasty and satisfying with limited adaptations. We had decided that basing it off existing recipes for Dan Dan Noodles would be possible.

In reality, it was an inedible dish that looked pretty.

What went wrong?

In the recipe, to make it more timeline accurate, we had to omit chilis. This is due to chili peppers originating from South America, which would have been an additional 500-600 years before the ingredient would make it to China, from trade by the Portuguese and Dutch. We also had to omit an ingredient that would have been timeline friendly, however, Bradly is Epi-Pen-Level allergic to: Star Anise.

With the removal of the chilis, the “Chili” oil was just Sichuan Peppercorns. Which, has a very distinct, numbing flavor that on it’s own, made the dish tongue-numbing.

What do we do from here?

When the recipe completely imploded, I immediately turned to Brad and said “Maybe we don’t post this recipe?”. His answer was nothing less I’d expect from his scientific mind.

We need to show the failures, with the successes, so we can learn from them. Maybe others can help us see what we missed.


Feedback wanted

With that, we are posting the recipe and letting everyone know our feelings on it. BUT, I do ask, if you can see where we went wrong or what ideas you may have to fix it – Let us know. Our goal with this blog has always been education – and not just us providing, but also us receiving. If you have experience with Chinese Cuisine, let us know in the comments how you would fix it and we can guide with research to make sure it could be accurate for the time period.

We may try to do redemption in the future (Probably will not be historically accurate)!


We are omitting reviews this week, because it’s a zero star for the both of us.

Pst – What do you think of the bowls?

You may have noticed in the post those fun, rustic hand-carved bowls. Interested in getting one yourself? Check them out on our store and let us know what you think!


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  1. Thank you for sharing this recipe for “Dan Dan Noodles”; you can’t imagine how excited I was when I saw this. My husband tried Dan Dan Noodles at a “Japanese???” Restaurant in Philadelphia a few years ago and absolutely LOVED the dish. He had me try a little and I was equally impressed! Since then, I have been searching for a recipe or a restaurant in our area
    (MD) that has this on their menu without any luck for either avenue. I even tried to find it in the “Frozen
    Food” section of multiple grocery stores (near and far… probably up to 50 mile radius to where we live)
    again…..with no luck!
    I must say however, I was a little disappointed when I read about your distaste for your dish! I’m really sorry that you felt so unhappy with your dish.
    By chance, did you try to make it again, possibly with a different recipe? If so, how did it taste? If not, do you intend to try searching for another recipe/method? I really would love to try to make this dish at home; if you wouldn’t mind sharing your thoughts with me about your experience (s) with
    Dan Dan Noodles if you are willing to give it another
    go, I would like to hear your thoughts/feedback.
    Thank you in advance for your time, patience,
    willingness to share and your sense of adventure for
    at least making the attempt!! I wish you much luck in your future cooking adventures!

    1. Thank you so much! I believe our issue was the amount of Sichuan Peppercorns. We do plan on making it again at some point with modification. Did you make it exactly as the recipe said or did you modify? I love hearing of other experiences with these recipes and I am so happy you have enjoyed the work we put in <3!

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