tan tan ramen

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if you like it spicy, then you have to try this easy and delicious recipe for tan tan ramen noodles

easy tan tan ramen noodles

ian and i have an at home date night every saturday night. we have done this for the last 18 years. when the kids were little, the cost of a baby sitter along with dinner and/or a movie made this necessary.  we would feed and put the kids to bed and then make dinner together, just the two of us. i looked forward to it all week long. we haven’t needed a sitter for years, but we still love staying in and cooking together on saturday evenings.

ramen noodles

that’s not to say we dont enjoy a good meal out every now and then. when we do go out, we alternate between our favorite steakhouse and sushi. sushi is something i have always wanted to try making at home, but probably never will for fear of making my family sick. but at our favorite sushi place there is one item on the menu i am not afraid to try at home…tan tan ramen noodles (tantanmen).

tan tan ramen

if you are not familiar with tan tan ramen, it is a spicy noodle dish based on the chinese dandan noodles. the broth is spicy typically made with spicy chili oil, ground pork, and green onion. i love adding baby bok choy, but that is my personal preference.  now we just need spicy noodle soup weather.

easy recipe for tan tan ramen noodles

tan tan ramen


  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 12-16 oz ground pork
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp chili paste
  • 2 heads baby bok choy, quartered
  • 1 - 7.56 oz package fortune ramen miso pork flavor
  • sesame seeds and green onion for garnish


  • heat sesame oil in a dutch oven over medium heat
  • add shallot and garlic, and stir until fragrant - about 1 minute
  • add ground pork, and cook until no longer pink (3-5 minutes)
  • while the pork is cooking whisk together the stock,  seasoning packet from the ramen, the chili paste, and soy sauce
  • heat the noodles according to the package instructions (i simply used the microwave)
  • once cooked through, add stock to the pork, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes
  • add bok choy, cover and cook another 5 minnutes
  • place noodles in bowl, cover with broth, and top with sesame seeds and green onion

tan tan ramen noodles

we like our ramen HOT so along with the sesame seeds and green onion, i add extra chili paste. if you prefer a more tame version use only 1 tsp chili paste in with the broth.

the fortune ramen made this soup extra easy – noodles are ready in 1 minute…2 or 3 minutes if you stir fry them. and the seasoning packet adds even more flavor to an already delicious broth. my husband loves the noodles even plain.

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easy and delicious tan tan ramen noodles

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