Nothing is better than homemade noodles. It is free of preservatives and additives. Apart from the ’somen’ which is white in colour, almost all the rest of the yellow noodles are made with some alkaline water, also called lye water, added to it to give it the more elastic texture. The smell can be quite over powering if too much of this additive is added. My mom always asked us to make our own noodles if we can for health purposes. It is not too difficult to make.
Asians eat a lot of noodles. There are so many types of noodles and cooked in so many different ways. One of my favourite is the hand-pulled noodles, also called ‘ramen‘. It is not too difficult to make. Here’s how I did it.
2C plain flour
3/4C (a little less) water
1/2 t salt
Put flour in a mixing bowl or basin. Sprinkle the salt onto the flour. Use a pair of chopsticks to stir the flour as you slowly pour in the water. Then knead it well and leave aside for the gluten to develop. I never knead it until my arms break. I would return whenever I remember and give it some good knead, cover and leave it to rest again. I would do that for quite a few times. Usually I make it in the morning and cook it in the evening.
The dough must be well kneaded and well rested otherwise you will not be able to pull it. It will break into short lengths. Do not knead the dough again. Flatten the dough and cut into 2 for easier handling. Roll it out flat. Apply oil on it. Use a knife and cut it into strips.
Put a pot of water to boil so that you can cook the noodles as soon as the dough strips are pulled. Pull as thin and long as you want as long as it doesn’t break. Then throw it into the water. Once it floats, it’s cooked. Remove onto a plate. After every 5 strips, I waited for them to float. Do the same to all the noodles. If you find it difficult to handle it alone, I suggest you ask someone to help you. In this way, one person pulls the strips of dough while the other person picks out all the floating noodles.
When all is cooked, add some oil (or fried onion oil) and mix well so that they don’t stick together. That’s it. You can cook whichever way you like and enjoy your homemade hand-pulled noodles. It’s very fun to make and lovely to eat. The texture is awesome.
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