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Mar 23, 2009 11:40 AM

New to Cincinnati, looking for Dan-Dan?

HI folks!

I have recently moved to the Cincinnati area, and I am looking for a Chinese style restaurant that serves Dan-Dan Noodles, Dan-Dan Chicken or anything with a peanut-sesame Dan-Dan sauce.

I ran up to the Sichuan Bistro in Mason, because I saw Dan-Dan Noodles on their online menu, but it wasn't what I am used to. It was a very liquid (soupy?) soy-chile sauce, where I am used to a sauce that is more like peanut butter and sesame oil with a few other spices.

Any idea if I get a peanut sauce style Dan-Dan in Cincinnati?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

- Thomas

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  1. Hi Thomas,

    Welcome to Cincinnati! I wish I had some suggestions for you, but I can't recall ever seeing Dan-Dan noodles on a menu here. Maybe you've already searched the few threads about Chinese restaurants in Cincinnati, but if not ...

    According to another thread, Szechuan Wok has closed. Good luck, and let us know what you find.

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    1. re: tapas

      Thanks tapas, I did search the board, but the only places mentioned that had Dan-Dan, don't seem to have the peanut-sesame style.

      I may have to just call every place listed on my GPS, online and in the phone book! ^L^

      - Thomas

      1. re: Cincinnati_Diner

        Clearly we're missing out on a great dish if you're so committed to finding it! Definitely keep us posted -- I'm intrigued.

        1. re: tapas

          ^L^ It was one of my favorite foods, back in Santa Cruz.

          If you like Peanut Butter, you'd like the Dan-Dan sauce I'm talking about!

          My low-carb preference is Dan-Dan Chicken, but every time I went to the Golden Buddha in Soquel, I would have at *least* one order of Dan-Dan Noodles! I love Dan-Dan! Sometimes I would order it on the side, and pour it on my extra-spicy Kung-Pao Chicken!

          I will keep you'all posted!

          - Thomas

    2. Hmmm. I think the problem is that you got an order of traditional dan dan mien ( a sichuan dish), and what you had eaten before is the "americanized" version of the dish. A quick search confirmed this ( for a quick explantion, just look up dan dan noodles on wikipedia.). Traditionally , it isn't prepared with any peanut sauce or sesame sauce.

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      1. re: moose734

        Yes, you are correct, the traditional dan-dan is not a peanut butter and sesame sauce.

        But I like the peanut butter and sesame style a lot, and I am trying to find anywhere that might serve it in this area. ^L^

        Thanks for the info though moose! Gotta love Wikipedia!

        - Thomas

      2. I found some Dan-Dan Noodles that is close to what I am looking for, if not exactly what I want.

        The P.F. Chang's China Bistro [2633 Edmondson Rd., Norwood, OH 45209 (513) 531-4567] has a Dan-Dan Noodles on their menu that has chopped peanuts added to a dark spicy sauce, served over a *large* amount of udon noodles. More of a meal than an appetizer, but not bad! ^L^

        Still searching for the peanut butter and sesame over soba noodles! ~L~

        - Thomas

        1. Hi Thomas, fellow former Santa Cruzan here, now living in Vermont. Two things I really miss about Santa Cruz... great Dan Dan, and great Mexican food. (I preferred the Dan Dan from Little Shanghai downtown over the Dan Dan from the Golden Buddha.) I ended up figuring out how to make a reasonable recreation of it at home. It isn't perfect, and a little personal tweaking is always in order. I serve it over regular hot spaghetti noodles. It satisfies my fix.


          Pasta (Spaghetti, or whatever you want)
          Green onions
          Peanut butter
          Rice vinegar
          Sesame oil
          Soy sauce
          chicken stock or just hot water works
          garlic powder

          Put pasta on to boil
          stir together 2 tbs peanut butter, 1 tsp sesame oil, 2 tsp rice vinegar, 2 tsp soy sauce, and a shake of garlic powder until well blended.
          add suger to taste (1 tsp or more)
          thin with hot water or chicken stock.

          About four or five minutes before the pasta is done, throw cut up broccoli into the water with the pasta. This is one case where I like to overcook the pasta by a minute or so.

          Drain pasta/broccoli, put in bowl, pour over peanut sauce mixture, and toss until pasta is well coated with peanutty goodness.

          Top with chopped green onions.


          I have also thrown in shrimp with the broccoli for a variation.

          1. Szechuan Bistro is very good, but their dan dan noodles... not so much. I would recommend trying their cold sesame noodles, ordered spicy... I think it will be much closer to the taste you're looking for. Other than that, I can't recall any other places serving dan-dan noodles, besides a place near smith/edwards that was terrible.

            If you're into szechuan I'd recommend some other stuff on Szechuan Bistro menu: green pepper and potato (amazing veggie dish), their spicy boiled fish, and the shrimp with walnuts (although not technically a szechuan dish).