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Turkey Dan Dan Noodles

A lighter take on a traditional Sichuan favourite!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Asian, Chinese, turkey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4


Minced Turkey Topping

  • 450 g (1 lb) ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp neutral cooking oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ¼ cup preserved or pickled mustard greens, chopped
  • ½ tsp Sichuan peppercorns, toasted and loosely ground
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Shaoxing Wine (or rice wine)
  • 2 tbsp Chinkiang (Black Chinese) vinegar


  • 1 tsp Sichuan peppercorns, toasted and loosely ground
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 4 tbsp Chinese chili oil (more if you can handle it!)
  • 4 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp Chinese sesame paste If using tahini, use a smaller amount and add more peanut butter instead
  • ½ tsp five spice powder
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 cups poultry broth


  • 1 package (4 servings) of sturdy, dried, Chinese wheat noodles
  • 4 cups poultry broth
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 handful roasted peanuts, finely chopped
  • 1 cup pickled mustard greens could also use other pickles
  • 1 cup thinly-sliced cucumber could also use bean sprouts


  1. Heat neutral cooking oil in wok or shallow pan on medium-high heat. Cook ground turkey meat while breaking it up into small pieces. Drain excess liquid before adding in minced garlic and mustard greens.

  2. Once turkey is cooked through, add in all remaining ingredients listed under “Minced Turkey Topping”. Stir until liquids are fully absorbed. This mixture can be prepared and stored in the fridge for up to a week.

  3. In a separate saucepan, combine all the ingredients listed under “Sauce” and bring to a gentle simmer. Set aside and let cool. This mixture can be prepared in advance and stored in the fridge for up to a week.

  4. When ready to cook, heat up minced turkey topping any way you prefer. At the same time, bring a pot of water to a boil and cook noodles until just tender. In another saucepan, heat up the sauce, adding in the remaining 4 cups of poultry broth (you can add more or less according to your preference) and bring to a gentle simmer.

  5. When ready to assemble, divide the heated sauce equally between the four bowls. Add the noodles to each, followed by the minced turkey and remaining garnish (veggies and crushed peanuts).

  6. Serve immediately and enjoy!