Dan dan (also written dandan or dandanmian) is a Sichuan-style Chinese noodle dish consisting of minced pork, chile oil, Sichuan pepper, scallions and a spicy sauce with pickled vegetables, served over noodles. In American Chinese versions, sesame paste or even peanut butter can replace the spicy sauce, sometimes resulting in a less soupy and slightly sweeter take on the dish. In Japanese cuisine, a similar ramen-style dish is known as tantan-men.
Shrimp with Thai Basil has flavours you'll recognize from Thai noodle dishes. Best of all is that aromatic lift at the end, when the herb and tomatoes hit the pan together, wilting and withering, releasing a heady perfume.
The farmers markets are still in full swing at this point and one of our favorite fall festivals is coming up soon. Save the date and get your tickets for the annual white garlic festival Sept. 26-27 in Saugerties. It might just change the way you think about white garlic.
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