What you will need:
  • 2 x 9-10 oz (250 g) best-quality rib-eye steaks (make sure it's the freshest it can be if you going to cook it rare to medium-rare)
  • 1 heaped tsp Szechuan pepper
  • Chinese five-spice powder
  • ½ a red chili (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 lime
  • A few sprigs of fresh coriander
  • 5 oz (150 g) sugar snap peas
  • 2 bok choy
  • 7 oz (200 g) broccoli
  • 1 heaped Tbsp black bean sauce
  • 1 lemon or lime
Dan dan noodles:
  • 6 Tbsp chili oil
  • 4 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 7 oz (200 g) beansprouts
  • ½ a bunch of fresh coriander
  • 8 spring onions
  • 14 oz (400 g) dried medium egg noodles (1 nest per person)
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • ½ a lemon
  • Honey
  • A squeeze of lime juice
  • Olive oil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  1. Get all your ingredients and equipment ready. Fill and boil the kettle (you can use a medium-large pot fill with water if you don't have a kettle). Put a griddle pan of a hig heat and a large saucepan on a low heat. Get out 4 serving bowls
  2. STEAKS: put the meat on a wooden board and sprinkle salt and pepper from a height over the meat and board. Pound the Szechuan pepper using a pestle and mortar. Put a tiny pinch in each serving bowl, then sprinkle the rest over the meat along with a really good pinch of five-spice. Drizzle a little olive oil over the meat and board, then rub the meat all over the board so it picks up the flavors really well
  3. DAN DAN NOODLES: pour boiling water into the large saucepan. Turn the heat up to high and cover with a lid. Fill and reboil the kettle/pot. pout 1½ to 2 Tbsp of chili oil and 1 Tbsp of soy sauce into each serving bowl. Crush 1 unpeeled clove of garlic and divied the pulped flesh between bowls
  4. STEAKS: Put the steaks on the hot griddle pan to cook for 2 minutes on each side for medium rare, or until cooked to your liking. Use tongs to turn them while you get on with other jobs
  5. DAN DAN NOODLES: get the garnishes ready. Put the beansprouts in a serving bowl with the coriander and take to the table
  6. GREENS: Season the boiling water with a pinch of salt and add the sugar snap peas. Flip over the board you dressed the meat on, then halve the bok choy. Trim the ends off the broccoli lengthways, then add to the pan with the bok choy and sugar snap peas. Put the lid on
  7. DAN DAN NOODLES: trim and finely slice the spring onions and divide them between the serving bowls. Check on the steaks- they should be perfect now
  8. STEAKS: get a clean board, drizzle it with olive oil and lay your steaks on top. Take the griddle pan off the heat. Peel the ginger then finely grate it, with the chili and garlic, over the steaks, just to flavor and perfume. Squeeze over the lime juice
  9. GREENS: spoon 1 heaped tablespoon of black bean sauce into the middle of a platter and spread around with the spoon. Squeeze over the lemon or lime juice and drizzle over a lug of olive oil. Use tongs and slotted spoon to fish out all the peas and greens, holding them up for a minute to let some of the excess water drip away, then pile on top of the black bean sauce. Drizzle over a little extra virgin olive oil and take to the table to toss and dress at the last minute
  10. DAN DAN NOODLES: add the nests of noodles to the water you used for the greens, with 1 stock cube. Squeeze a few drips of lemon juice and a thimble amount of honey into each serving bowl
  11. STEAKS: slice the steaks at an angle into thin strips, then toss so they mop up all the flavorful juices on the board. Tear over the coriander and take to the table
  12. DAN DAN NOODLES: use tongs to divide the noodles between the bowls. Ladle over a little broth and take to the table. Get everyone to toss their noodles, then assemble their own bowl by pimping it with garnishes and adding a pinch of beansprouts, some coriander leaves, some greens, a few strips of steak and a squeeze or two of lime juice
You may substitute the Chinese five-spice powder with: 2 teaspoons of Szechuan peppercorns, roasted & ground, 8 star anise, ground ,½ teaspoon ground cloves, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon ground fennel seeds
Recipe by What To Cook Today at http://whattocooktoday.com/complete-30-minute-meal-rib-eye-steak-with-dan-dan-noodles-and-greens.html