A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from February 15, 2019
Dan Dan Mian (Dan Dan Noodles)

Entry in progress—B.P.

Wikipedia: Dandan noodles
Dandan noodles or dandanmian (simplified Chinese: 担担面; traditional Chinese: 擔擔麵) is a noodle dish originating from Chinese Sichuan cuisine. It consists of a spicy sauce usually containing preserved vegetables (often including zha cai (榨菜), lower enlarged mustard stems, or ya cai (芽菜), upper mustard stems), chili oil, Sichuan pepper, minced pork, and scallions served over noodles.

Sesame paste and/or peanut butter is sometimes added, and occasionally replaces the spicy sauce, usually in the Taiwanese and American Chinese style of the dish. In this case, dandanmian is considered as a variation of ma jiang mian (麻醬麵), sesame sauce noodles. In American Chinese cuisine, dandanmian is often sweeter, less spicy, and less soupy than its Sichuan counterpart.

30 October 1990, Detroit (MI) News, pg. F1:
A Bowl of Noodles Dan-Dan Can Be a Delicious Reminder of Pasta Encounters
By Robin Mather

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Dan Dan Noodles - How to Make Authentic, Street Food style Dandan Noodles (担担面)
Chinese Cooking Demystified
Published on Sep 4, 2017
Dan Dan Noodles - always a favorite.  It’s a simple dish, but how could you go wrong with fresh noodles, a pork and yacai topping sitting in a pool of a spicy, chili oil based sauce?

The first step in a great Dan Dan noodle is a quality homemade chili oil.  We want the Sichuan version here - so be sure to check out our video on how to make that red oil.

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How to Make Dan Dan Noodles
J. Kenji López-Alt
Published on Sep 15, 2017
This recipe is excerpted from my upcoming book, a follow up to my 2015 book The Food Lab. You can find more info and stay up-to-date on its release at kenjilopezalt.com

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Friday, February 15, 2019 • Permalink