Dan Dan Noodles

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I have recently got pretty obsessed with Dan Dan noodles.  Unsurprisingly, online resources are all over the map with recipes/techniques involved.  Anybody here have have any tips, 'essentials", or thoughts on this dish in general?  Thanks in advance!
 
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And no, you can't skip preserved vegetable (zhai cai / 榨菜) or mean kiwi will check on you too.
 
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Thanks Ordo.  Nice vid.  The basic elements of Dan Dan seem pretty consistent (except for a whackadoo Alton Brown...thing) but what people feel is "key" varies pretty wildly.  Time to play I guess...

Also, I think Mean Kiwi is quickly becoming the most over figure on the boards!  Waiting for her/his podcast in 2016! 
 

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Yes, very popular dish. Good to see it made with the toasted sesame paste instead of peanut butter. 

Personally, I've not found the dish compelling, More heat that I enjoy in the ones I've tried and the other flavors seem kind of muddled. 

But if you find a clearly superior version, i'll be glad to give it a go again. 
 
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the version that really caught my attention featured a really intensely roasted flavoured sauce/paste that top garnished the noodles (that were in a really thin, more aromatic broth).  Almost reminded me of the "double dip" style of ramen.
 

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