Xi’an Noodle Recipe (A.K.A. Da’ Rizzle)

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There I was walking down the night market in the Muslim quarter of Xi’an, China chasing down all the amazing smells and listening to the cacophony of sizzle. I didn’t do a lot of research on Xi’an food so the smells of skewered lamb basted with spicy nutty sauces were a welcome surprise if not a little euphoric.

It was there that I first had “Nui Rou Jia Mo” (beef sandwich), “Biángbiáng” noodle, and “Dan Dan” noodles – those big fat rice noodles with all the glorious pastes, toppings and dressings. I was in heaven. Mind blown. “So”, I thought to myself. “This is real Chinese food”. Nooice!

Many years and many trips later I decided to recreate that taste over here on the East Coast. And yes, like many a’ foodie my interest was reignited by a quick Xi’an famous foods noodle dish with a friend in NYC. I forgot how flavorful and unique that part of China could be.

That prompted me to not only have “a dish” but I also decided to make my own Xi’an menu here at home. I don’t really dig all the oil in some of these dishes so I reduced that and also intesisifed the flavors that I remember as being oh, so “Xi’an”. 好處, ma? This Xi’an noodle recipe is based on what I know about China but more specifically what I now about the rich and flavorful history of Xi’an. And here we go…

Xi’an Noodle Sizzle Sauce

Take these ingredients, mix them well and set aside.

  • 2 1/2 tsp tahini paste
  • 1/4 tamari soy sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves sliced
  • 1 tbl brown sugar
  • 3 tbl black vinegar

Take these ingredients and toast them quickly with a 2 tbl veggie oil.

  • 1 tbl chili flakes
  • 1 tbl homemade five spice roasted (sichuan peppercorns, fennel seed, cinnamon bark, star anise, cloves)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

Once there is a little aroma in the air, kill the heat and then add in the soy sauce and garlic cloves. After the ingredients stop spitting and sizzling add the brown sugar, black vinegar and tahini paste. Stir until married well. Let cool.

Now, I generally like to cook simple stuff with a lot of focus on quality and the marriage of flavors but you have to tip you hat off to the Xi’an people for brewing this up. It’s a culmination of a lot of different cultures and a lot of input over the years. Don’t forget, Xi’an was the first city in the world to reach one million inhabitants. Many were not Chinese. Um, spice trade, yo?

Xi’an Homemade Noodle

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca starch (a little sweeter)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • A little oil to keep things from sticking. Not really part of the recipe.

This is all about the process. No secret sauce here. You mix the ingredients up and then steam it to perfection. Wait what?

I put about one ladle full of the Xi’an noodle mixture in a non-stick pie pan for about 4 minutes. I take it out, cool to room temp., paint it with some oil and then cut into strips. I repeat this process for another 3-4 batches depending on how many people are chomping at the bit.

Once you have the noodles you can either refrigerate it for a day or so or get straight to it and feed the masses.

Xi’an Stir-fry

I like to do a very quick stir-fry with the sauce and noodle. Remember the noodles are painted/brushed with oil. Stir-fry those suckers. Then add in long beans, okra or broccolini for a minute. In the last 30 seconds to a minute add the Xi’an noodle sauce. Remember it has sugar and that will eventually smoke/burn. Do this quick.

Bon apetit.

Inspiration: http://xianfoods.com/menu/ and of course my weeks spent eating all over Xi’an, China and living abroad.

 

Xi’an Noodle Recipe

Xi’an Noodle Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 tsp tahini paste
  • 1/4 tamari soy sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves sliced
  • 1 tbl brown sugar
  • 3 tbl black vinegar
  • 1 tbl chili flakes
  • 1 tbl homemade five spice roasted (sichuan peppercorns, fennel seed, cinnamon bark, star anise, cloves)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

Instructions

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