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Green bean noodles with chilli oil and Sichuan pepper (Ma la liang fen)

Known as spicy green bean jelly noodle at Dainty Sichuan, this is a delectable slippery noodle salad. The noodles are simple to make and once set at room temperature they're cut into thin noodles with a brass Chinese noodle scraper. This tool can be difficult to find in Australia; you can simply hand-cut the noodles instead.

You'll need

To serve: roasted peanuts and thinly sliced spring onion   Mung bean noodles 70 gm (½ cup) mung bean flour (see note)   Chilli oil dressing 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1½ tbsp each soy sauce and chilli oil (see note) 2 tsp Chinkiang black vinegar (see note) 1 tsp sesame oil ½ tsp caster sugar 1/3 tsp ground Sichuan pepper


  • 01
  • For mung bean noodles, whisk mung bean flour and 250ml water in a bowl until smooth and combined. Bring 500ml water to the boil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Whisking continuously, add mung bean flour mixture in a steady stream until incorporated, then stir continuously until thick (1-2 minutes). Spoon onto a lightly oiled 20cm x 30cm tray, smooth top and stand at room temperature until set and cooled completely (4-6 hours or overnight). Turn out on a board, slice lengthways into 1cm-thick pieces, then thinly slice lengthways to form thin noodles. Set aside.
  • 02
  • For chilli oil dressing, combine ginger, garlic and 80ml hot water in a bowl amd stand to infuse (20 minutes). Pass through a fine sieve (discard solids) into a clean bowl. Whisk in remaining ingredients to combine.
  • 03
  • Combine noodles and dressing to taste in a large bowl, toss to coat and serve at room temperature topped with peanuts and spring onion.

Note Mung bean flour and Chinkiang black vinegar are available from Asian grocers. Chilli oil is a key ingredient in many of these recipes. Although it's readily bought, the chefs at Dainty Sichuan make their own by frying 50gm coarsely chopped dried chillies with a little vegetable oil until fragrant. Blend with 500ml vegetable oil, steep for 24 hours, strain and it's ready.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people

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Jun 2013

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