As the weather warms up, it’s time for an appetizing spicy flavour for a change! This Omusubi mixes plant-based meat with a rich peanut sauce, crushed peanuts, diced shiitake mushrooms and cucumbers to create a Sichuan Dan Dan noodles flavour. With its fiery and deep profile adding to the authentic taste, Sichuan chili oil is probably the most indispensable of the seasonings. In addition, the plant-based meat is made from high-quality non-GMO soybeans and has a mouthfeel rivalling that of real pork meat. It comes with the additional benefit of containing essential amino acids and being free from hormones and antibiotics, making it a low-calorie, low-fat, zero-cholesterol meat substitute. Just the right food for taste- and health-conscious vegetarians.
Dan Dan Style Minced Plant-based Omusubi
Plant-based mince (soy protein), mushroom, peanut butter, crushed peanut, cucumber, Sichuan peppercorn flavoured oil
Get hooked on the spicy flavour of Dan Dan noodles
The intensely flavoured and delicately spicy Dan Dan noodles are no stranger to Hongkongers. The origin story of this classic dish goes that once upon a time during the Daoguang period of the Qing Dynasty, a hawker in the city of Zigong, Sichuan hawked noodles on a pole (known as dan in Chinese), carrying the ingredients and cooking utensils on either ends. It was this tool and style that gave rise to the name “Dan Dan noodles”. Made with a copious amount of chili peppers and spices, authentic Dan Dan noodles are on the spicy side of the scale. The most common ingredients include red chili oil, Sichuan peppercorns and soy sauce, along with beansprouts, spring onions and minced meat. This concoction is a recipe for layers of hot and spicy deliciousness, and establishes Dan Dan noodles as a traditional dish in everyday Sichuan cuisine.
Then, in the 1960s, Sichuan cuisine began to spread to Japan. Dan Dan noodles became a huge hit with the locals and was gradually developed to cater to their taste even more.
Today, not only is Dan Dan noodles a common dish found in Japan’s Chinese restaurants, it has also become the signature flavour of numerous ramen shops, and even instant noodle brands have introduced their own versions of instant Dan Dan noodles, allowing diners around the world to enjoy this classic flavoursome dish in the comfort of their homes.