Sesame paste is a popular addition, but don’t use Middle Eastern tahini, as López-Alt suggests: the seeds for that aren’t roasted before use, so it tastes surprisingly different. Peanut butter is a better stand-in for the deep, nutty flavour of the real thing. That said, delicious as the New York Times’ thick, peanutty sauce is, it doesn’t taste anything like any version of this dish I’ve ever had, and the testers decide they prefer the sauce without either: “It’s punchier.” Vinegar is the other must, preferably rich, savoury black-rice vinegar, though you could use the lighter variety if that’s all you have in the pantry. I’m also going to add a pinch of sugar – not traditional in the dish’s home region, it seems, but almost all the recipes I try call for it, and with good reason: it rounds out the flavours of the sauce nicely, particularly in the absence of sesame paste. Feel free to leave it out if you … [Read more...] about How to make the perfect dan dan noodles
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