The Dinner Planner


15 Minute Dan Dan Style Noodles

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Servings 4


  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 600 grams extra-firm tofu
  • 3 tbsp cornflour
  • 5 tbsp dark soy or tamari
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 thumb ginger - peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp chinese 5 spice powder
  • 2 tsp chilli oil
  • 2 bunches pak choi
  • 360 grams udon noodles
  • 2 spring onion


  • Step 1 - Add 1.5 tsp of sesame oil to a wok on a medium-high heat.
  • Step 2 - Crumble the tofu into a mixing bowl so it resembles a mince-like texture, then stir in the cornflour.
  • Step 3 - Add the tofu to the wok, then stir in 1 tablespoon of dark soy sauce. Cook for 10 minutes or until crispy, stirring occasionally to break up the tofu
  • Step 4 - Add the remaining 2 tbsp of dark soy sauce to a small bowl, followed by the tahini, fresh ginger, Chinese 5 spice powder, chilli oil and 2 tbsp of water. Stir to combine, then leave to one side.
  • Step 5 - Cook the noodles for 2-4 minutes or until al dente (they should be cooked-through but still have a bite to them)
  • Step 6 - When the tofu is ready, transfer it to a bowl. Wipe the wok clean, return it to the heat and add another 1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil.
  • Step 7 - Add the pak choi and fry for a minute.Reduce the heat under the wok. Add the cooked noodles, crispy tofu, the sauce you made earlier and most of the spring onion. Stir and heat through for 30 seconds, but be careful not to overcook the noodles because they will fall apart
  • Step 8 - Serve in bowls, topped with the remaining spring onion and more chilli oil if you like it extra spicy.

Tips and Variations

GLUTEN FREE - use tamari or GF soy and replace udon with rice noodles. 
SHORTCUTS AND VARIATIONS - Skip the chilli oil if you don't like heat - it's still delicious. 


Calories: 498kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 1179mg | Potassium: 300mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 3mg

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