Having just come back from Wuhan, China my tastebuds have feasted well! Traditional Wuhan breakfast dishes are dou pi 豆皮and reganmian 热干面. Dou pi recipes are virtually impossible to find in English, but this is a reganmian recipe I have tried.
- Black pepper
- Crushed chilli flakes
- Sichuan peppercorns
- Vegetable oil
- Dark soy sauce
- Tahini (sesame sauce)
Mix one tablespoon of crushed red chilli flakes and a half teaspoon of Sichuan peppercorns in a small bowl that can withstand the heat of hot oil. Then use a small pan to heat a quarter cup of vegetable oil at high heat until the oil is very hot. You should be able to see a little smoke coming off of the surface of the oil. Be very careful not to touch the oil at this point, as it will be very hot!
Turn off the heat and carefully pour the hot oil into the bowl containing the red chilli flakes and Sichuan peppercorns. Let the bowl sit for about 10 minutes before touching it.
Boil the spaghetti as normal.
The Sesame Sauce is extremely thick. It needs to be diluted a little bit. For two servings, mix one and a half tablespoons of tahini with two tablespoons of water and one teaspoon of vegetable oil. Use a spoon to mix them together until there are no longer any clumps in the sauce. This step can be performed while boiling the spaghetti.
The last step is to mix all the ingredients together to make the sauce and pour it over the spaghetti. It is best to mix the sauce for each serving individually.
Find a bowl that is slightly larger than one serving to mix the ingredients in. It is much easier to mix the sauce in a bowl than on a plate. Put one serving of spaghetti in the mixing bowl. First put on about a teaspoon of spicy oil. Then add black pepper to taste (just a small pinch will do). Add about a teaspoon of dark soy sauce, this gives the noodles their colour. Finally add the tahini sauce. Divide it equally between each portion. Mix all the ingredients together in the bowl with a pair of chopsticks, then transfer the Hot and Dry Noodles to a plate to serve with a pair of chopsticks and/or a fork.
Add some rice vinegar or some chopped chives for a more authentic taste!