Chuck: Give me some more of those cold sesame noodles will ya?
Bryan: No, these are Dandan noodles
Chuck: Same fucking thing.
Bryan: No, no, one’s Sichuan, the other’s Taiwanese, it’s a whole thing.
Sacker: Tell him about General Tso Bryan…
Dandan noodles or dandanmian is a noodle dish originating from Chinese Sichuan cuisine. It consists of a spicy sauce usually containing preserved vegetables, chili oil, Sichuan pepper, minced pork, and scallions served over noodles. Sesame paste and/or peanut butter is sometimes added, and occasionally replaces the spicy sauce, usually in the Taiwanese and American Chinese style of the dish. In this case, dandanmian is considered as a variation of ma jiang mian, sesame sauce noodles. In American Chinese cuisine, dandanmian is often sweeter, less spicy, and less soupy than its Sichuan counterpart.
Zuo Zongtang, Marquis Kejing (also romanised as Tso Tsung-t'ang; 10 November 1812 – 5 September 1885), sometimes referred to as General Tso, was a Chinese statesman and military leader of the late Qing dynasty. The dish General Tso's chicken in American Chinese cuisine was introduced in New York in the 1970s, inspired by a dish originally prepared by Peng Chang-kuei, a Taiwan chef specialising in Hunan cuisine. Peng named the dish in honour of Zuo Zongtang.