Mild Dan Dan Noodles (マイルド坦々めん; mild tan tan men)

If you like spicy food, you'll love dan dan noodles! These noodles are known for being spicy, but this recipe uses soy milk to create a rich yet mild soup that everyone can enjoy.

Mild Dan Dan Noodles (マイルド坦々めん; mild tan tan men)
Photographed by Akane Nakamura

Recipe by
Kinya Komoda




Rice & Noodles



Calorie count is per serving.

Ingredients (Serves 1)

  • 1 serving ramen noodles (fresh)
  • 50 g ground pork
  • Spinach, as needed
  • [A]

    • 1/2 tbsp tianmianjiang
    • 1/2 tsp soy sauce
  • [B]

    • 2 tbsp Japanese leek (minced)
    • 1 tsp Chinese pickled vegetables (minced)
    • 2 tbsp soy sauce
    • 2 tbsp sesame paste (white)
    • 2 tbsp chili oil
    • 2/3 tsp rice vinegar
  • 160 ml chicken stock

    *Dissolve granulated chicken stock (Chinese) with water according to the instructions on the label.

  • 160 ml soy milk (non-homogenized)
  • Chili oil, as desired
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt



Warm a small amount of vegetable oil in a frying pan and stir-fry the ground pork over medium heat. When it turns brown and the fat starts to melt out, add [A] and stir-fry thoroughly. Parboil the spinach in lightly salted water, drain and chop into easy-to-eat lengths.


Put [B] into a serving bowl without mixing.


Bring a pot of water to a boil. Separate the noodles as you add them to the pot, and boil according to the instructions on the package. In a separate pot, warm the chicken stock and soy milk over medium-low heat, making sure not to bring to a boil.


Pour the heated soup into the serving bowl. Add the drained noodles, making sure to pick them up with chopsticks to untangle them before placing them in the soup. Top with the ground pork and spinach, and sprinkle chili oil to taste.