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May 19, 2014 10:42 AM

Traditional dandanmian in manhattan

In Kentucky where I grew up there was a restaurant that served the version of dandanmian that was soupy, had tons of chili oil, was very spicy, had very thin noodles, and no peanut or sesame. I love this dish more than words can describe. So far in manhattan all of the Sichuan restaurants that I've been to serve the larger noodle-less spicy-with peanut version. Is there traditional dandanmian somewhere in manhattan or New York in general?

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    1. Where have you tried dan dan noodles in Manhattan?

      Have you tried asking for it with thinner noodles and/or no peanut/sesame?

      Check out Chengdu Heaven in Flushing:

      3 Replies
      1. re: kathryn

        Where have you tried dan dan noodles in Manhattan?
        Exactly. Please tell us what Sichuan restaurants in Manhattan are using peanut butter.

        Traditional dan dan noodles is not overly oily either. Chili oil is not the predominate flavor.

        1. re: kathryn

          At old Sichuan in Chinatown the dish tasted mostly like peanuts and at grand Sichuan in the east village it tasted mostly like sesame paste. In both cases it was sweet and not even a little bit spicy although at old Sichuan it did have a lot of Sichuan peppercorns which gave it that pleasant tongue-numbing sensation. In both cases it tasted good but was just a totally different dish than what I'm looking for. I have not tried asking, and I definitely will! I'll also give chengdu heaven a try.

          1. re: Indispensable

            If you want to eat Szechuan in Manhattan there's only 1 place to go. Szechuan Gourmet on 39th street. The rest are impostors and charlatans