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Hot, spicy, and filling, Dan Dan Noodles is just one of the Taiwanese dishes you can’t help but miss. Are you one of those who are itching to have some from your favorite Taiwanese restaurant like Din Tai Fung? If you are don’t you worry we’ve got a recipe for Dan Dan Noodles that’ll (temporarily) fill the hole of missing Din Tai Fung.

Dan Dan Noodles

by half baked Harvest

Dan Dan Noodles from Half Baked Harvest
Photo from halfbaked Harvest’s website

INGREDIENTS (6 servings):

  • 1/3 cup and 2 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 6 sliced or smashed garlic
  • 1-2 tbsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp. honey/sugar
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. creamy peanut butter/tahini sauce
  • 8 ounces of Chinese-style egg noodles/rice noodles
  • 2 1/2 cups of low-sodium chicken broth (Click here to make your own)
  • 2 cups roughly chopped spinach
  • 1/2 lb. ground chicken/pork
  • 2 cups of chopped mixed mushrooms
  • 1 medium shallot or 1/2 onion
  • 4 chopped green onions
Tip: If you don't have hoisin sauce, half baked Harvest suggests you combine the following: 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce, 2 tbsp. creamy peanut butter, 2 tbsp. honey, 4 tbsp. molasses, 1 tsp. five-spice powder,  2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar (Click here for a substitute if you don't have), and a pinch of black pepper. 

Cooking Dan Dan Noodles
Photo from half-baked Harvest’s website


For the chili oil: 

  • Heat a skillet over medium heat and once hot, add the sesame oil, garlic, and chili flakes in the pan. 
  • Keep stirring and cooking until the garlic is fragrant. 
  • Once done, transfer to a heat proof bowl to use for later. 

For the sauce mixture:

  • In a bowl, combine the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, honey/sugar, vinegar, peanut butter/tahini, and water. 
  • Set aside for later.

For the noodles:

  • Cook the noodles according the packaging. 
  • Once cooked, drain the water and set aside for later. 

For the spinach:

  • In the same pot where  you prepared the noodles, add the broth and 1/2 of the sauce mixture. 
  • Simmer over medium heat then add in the spinach. Keep it warm until you’re going to use it. 

Assembling the dish:

  • In the same skillet where you prepared the chili oil, cook the chicken/pork with 2 tbsp, oil over medium high heat. 
  • Cook the chicken/pork for at least 5 minutes or at least until it’s golden brown. Don’t forget to season your meat with black pepper. 
  • Then, add the mushrooms and shallots and cook for another 2-3 minutes. 
  • Now, it’s time to add 1/2 of the soy sauce mixture and to bring your dish to a simmer until the sauce coats and caramelizes the meat. 
  • To spice it up, add 2-4 tbsp of chili oil according to your preference. 
  • To “assemble”, put the mixture you made in bowls, add the noodles, and toss it first until the noodles are well coated. 
  • For your final touch, top the dish with meat, green onions, and additional chili (if you want). 
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Do you miss eating xiao long bao as much as we do? Taiwanese food is that go-to cuisine for some quality dumplings and milk tea even if sometimes, it comes at a heavy price. At Booky, we believe that good food doesn’t always have to hurt our pockets.

We’ve done our research and looked for Taiwanese spots we will go to right after quarantine where there are meals as low as ₱99 and not more than ₱250!

Flavors of Taiwan – Little Baguio

Flavors of Taiwan is one of Little Baguio’s hidden gems, offering authentic and affordable Taiwanese cuisine. Some of their must-tries include xiao long bao, five-flavored squid, fried pork chop, beef noodle soup, and more.

What to order: House Special Xiao Long Bao (₱150-250), Beef Noodle Soup (₱250)

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20 General Vicente Lim St cor General de Jesus St, Little Baguio, San Juan
(02) 8547-8593

Shi Lin – multiple branches

Shi Lin is a casual Taiwanese restaurant that specializes in dumplings, buns, and noodles. They are also most famous for their steamed xiao long baos

What to order: Pork Bun (Php 130), Xiao Long Bao (Php 170), Shaomai (Php 200)

Shi Lin Xiao Long Bao
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Lugang Cafe – multiple branches

Lugang Café is a Shanghai-based café focused on providing quality and contemporary Taiwanese cuisine. They are popular for their xiao long bao!

What to order: Steamed Pork Xiao Long Bao (₱258 for 8 pcs.)

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Tien Ma’s – multiple branches

Tien Ma’s is an underrated late night joint that serves authentic Taiwanese specialties including their affordable xiao long bao’s, beef brisket noodles, 3-cup chicken and more. 

What to order: Xiao Long Bao (Php 200), Taiwan Style Beef Noodle Soup (Php 200), Wanton Noodle Soup (Php 200)

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Uniku – Banawe

Uniku is a casual Taiwanese place that serves your typical Taiwanese fare such as dumplings, rice toppings, mantou, and more. Everything here is affordable and mostly under 200 bucks!

What to order: Uniku Braised Pork Rice (₱99), Three Cup Chicken Mishua (₱190)

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237 Banawe Street, across 238 Banawe Center, Banawe, Quezon City
(02) 3411-9382; (02) 7502-4334

Botan Black Cafe – Taguig

Botan Black Cafe is a new Taiwanese restaurant that serves traditional home-cooked dishes like Ba-Kih Noodle Soup, Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup, Spicy Basil Fish Cake and their Red Bean Matcha Pearl WaffleThey also serve coffee and flavored milk teas

What to order: Sausage Fried Rice (₱180), Pork Chop Noodle Soup (₱230)

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2/F Wumaco Bldg Bonifacio High Street, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 8873-3333; (0917) 530-6666

Din Tai Fung – multiple branches

Din Tai Fung is an award-winning and half-century old Taiwanese restaurant brand known the world over for its quality, consistency, and most importantly, world-famous Xiao long bao. 

What to order: Noodles with House Special Spicy Sauce (₱140), Pork Xiao Long Bao (₱165), Fried Pork Chop (₱200)

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Ersao – multiple branches

Ersao is a food stall and restaurant serving to-go Taiwanese treats such as noodles, chicken, seafood, rice toppings, and their bestselling Taiwan snacks such as Spicy Pork and Crispy Seafood. They also offer a selection of blended and brewed teas and fruit shakes.

What to order: Spicy Chicken Rice (₱120), Beef Genji Noodles (₱160-230)

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Lil Taipei – Marikina

Lil Taipei of the Crave Food Park takes on the Taiwanese street food concept by bringing in some of Taiwan’s traditional eats such as the beef cubes, stinky tofu, fried whole squid, and chicken chops. 

What to order: Fried squid (₱165), Cubed Steaks (₱165)

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Crave Park, Blk 3 Lot 22 and 24 Mayor Gil Fernando St., Centro de Buenviaje, Sto. Niño, Marikina

Mien San Noodle House – various branches

Mien San is a classic noodle house serving Taiwanese specialties. Popular items on their menu include: Taiwan beef noodles, fried siopao, and spicy wantons.

What to order: Mustasa Wan-Ton Noodle (₱218), Spicy Wanton (₱188 for 6pcs)

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Pao Pao Xiao Chi – Little Baguio

Pao Pao Xiao Chi is a small Taiwanese diner that serves authentic Taiwanese cuisine, from rice meals and noodles, to snacks and milk tea. 

What to order: Pork Dumpling Noodles (₱80), Beef Noodles (₱120)

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17 Gen de Jesus St cor Gen Luis St, Little Baguio, San Juan
(02) 8994-8554

Shuin – multiple branches

Shuin is a Taiwanese hole-in-the-wall that is most popular for its smoked chicken and fried chicken chop. Other specialties include fried dumplings, Taiwan sausage and more.

What to order: Pork Chop Rice (₱170), Beef Dumpling Noodle (₱190)

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Braises N’ Stews – Little Baguio

This newly opened hole-in-the-wall serves legit Taiwanese dishes. Like their name suggests, they specialize in braises and stews. Although it just opened, it’s said to be really delicious and affordable!

What to order: Pork Dumpling (₱30 / 2 pcs)

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J. Abad Santos Street, Little Baguio, Little Baguio, San Juan

Fat Fook Taiwanese Kitchen – multiple branches

Fat Fook offers Taiwanese cuisine serving dishes like xiao long bao, specialty Fat Fook chicken chop, and crispy fried intestines among many others. It’s owned by the same group behind the widely successful Ramen Nagi franchise in the country.

What to order: Noodles with Minced Pork Sauce (₱158), Taiwan Beef Noodles (₱258), Fat Fook Chicken Chop (₱308)

Fat Fook Fried Chicken Chops
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Chairman Wang’s Prime Beef Noodle House – Molito Lifestyle Mall

Chairman Wang’s is a casual dining restaurant from Vancouver, B.C. specializing in Taiwan-style hand-pulled noodles and other specialties. Their noodles are available dry or with soup. 

What to order: Chairman Braised Beef Noodle (₱250)

Chairman Wang's Prime Braised Beef Noodle Soup
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Molito Lifestyle Mall, Madrigal Ave, Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 8828-8477

Monga – multiple branches

Although the Taiwanese Style Fried Chicken is a popular street snack in Taipei, Monga Chicken’s claim to fame is their extra-thick chicken cutlets marinated with honeydipped in batter instead of dry flour, and fried to perfection. Plus, the gooey and melty mozzarella cheese on top!

What to order: The King (₱189) for single piece; (₱199) with rice

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Dawh Xiang Ph – Malingap

A hidden gem in Malingap’s Z Compound food park, Dawh Xiang serves authentic Taiwanese fare—from Taiwanese beef noodle soup, sausage, chicken chops, and more! Most of the owner, Mr. Soo’s dishes are priced below ₱200.

What to order: Taiwanese Chicken Chops, Dumplings, and Mango Fruit Shake.

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