Dan Dan noodles is a classic Chinese dish from Sichuan province. It consists of a spicy sauce containing preserved vegetables, chili oil, minced pork, scallions and Sichuan peppers served over noodles. The name refers to a type of pole carried over the shoulder with two baskets attached to either side. Vendors would load these baskets with noodles and sell them to passers-by on the streets. Gradually the dish came to be referred to as dan dan noodles or “shoulder pole” noodles.
In Chinese, Dan Dan Noodles is:
担 Dàn is a carrying pole, as described in the story above
面 Miàn is 'noodles'
So the name of the dish is Dan Dan Noodles, or 'Carrying pole noodles'
Here are some real Chinese menus that offer Dan Dan noodles 担担面
Dan Dan noodles is a very delicious dish. If you have never tried it before, next time you see it on the menu you can order it in Chinese.