Chongqing Sour Spicy Sweet Potato Noodles Suan La Fen 酸辣粉

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Sour Spicy Sweet Potato Noodles or Suan La Fen 酸辣粉 is a very famous street food from Chongqing, China.  The noodles are made of sweet potato starch, therefore they have a unique color and consistency.

Sour Spicy Sweet Potato Noodles 酸辣粉

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 2


  • 150 g Sweet Potato Noodles  dried
  • 3 Cloves Garlic   
  • 10 g Ginger
  • 4 tbsp Chili Oil
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 5 tbsp Chinese Dark Vinegar 
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • ½ tsp Five Spices 五香粉: a traditional Chinese spice blend of five spices
  • ½ tsp Ground Sichuan Peppercorn 
  • 1 tbsp Preserved Mustard  Sui Mi Ya Cai 碎米芽菜
  • 200 ml Veggie Stock/Soup  
  • 1 tbsp Zajiang check our post for the recipe
  • 1 tbsp Pickled Long Beans check our post on pickling
  • 1 tbsp Fried Soy Beans  check for recipe
  • 1 tbsp Fried Peanuts check for recipe
  • 1 Stalk Scallion
  • 1 Stalk Coriander


  • Soak the noodles in lukewarm water for 30 minutes.
  • Finely chop the garlic and ginger.  Add 2 tbsp water to the ginger. Cut the shallot and coriander into small pieces.
  • Take a large bowl, 4-5 tablespoons of chili oil, add 2 tablespoon of soy sauce, 5 tablespoons of Chinese dark vinegar, 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, 1/2 teaspoon of Sichuan pepper powder, 1/2 teaspoon of 5 spices, 1 tbsp preserved mustard, ginger water and garlic, 200ml of hot veggie stock/soup
  • Boil water and cook the sweet potato noodles until it’s translucent and al dente, drain the water and add them to the bowl
  • Add 1tbsp Zajiang(check previous Reel for recipe), 1 tbsp fried soy beans, 1 tbsp the fried peanuts (recipes coming up), 1 tbsp pickled long beans (check the pickling Reel for recipe), scallion and coriander
Keyword noodles, sour spicy, sweet potato
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