I’m not sure how many people don’t like noodles but all those that I know like it very much. It’s like pasta in the West. In Asia, you will find loads and loads of noodles everywhere. They come in different sizes, different types and different colours. If you live there, you probably can’t be bothered to make yourselves. But I did when I was back home in Malaysia. I made my own egg noodles, also called ‘you mian‘ in Malaysia. The main reason is of course homemade egg noodles are clean and without any preservatives added. On top of that you can choose to use high quality ingredients like organic flour, organic or free range eggs, olive oil, sea salt and filtered water.
After I came to Scotland, I learned to make hand-pulled noodles which has since become another of my family favourite. To find out how to make hand-pulled noodles, which is fun to make, click Making Hand-pulled Noodles.
Here in Scotland, I usually make my own egg noodles because the ones sold in the supermarkets are not only expensive but quite low quality in texture. Besides, they are very yellow which makes me think that colouring was added to it.
Making egg noodles at home is very simple and easy. Homemade egg noodles taste a lot better than store bought ones, especially here. It’s a lot easier if you have a pasta machine to make these noodles. But it’s also not difficult without one, especially if you are not making for a big family. Here I did not use a pasta machine to show that you can easily make them without one. You don’t even need to hang the noodles on a rack to dry out.
Here is my Homemade Egg Noodles recipe. The amount is enough to make noodle soup or fried noodles for 4 persons.
2C plain flour
2 eggs (beaten)
1/4C water or a little more
Beat the eggs with salt. Make a well in the middle of the flour and pour the egg mixture into it.
Mix it with a pair of chopsticks. Add water slowly and continue to mix. You may need more. Add just enough for the dough to come together. Don’t add too much otherwise it will become too soft after resting and would be very difficult to handle.
Using hand, knead the dough for a while until it is quite smooth and leave aside to rest, maybe a couple of minutes. It is quite hard. After every hour or so when you have time, knead it again. The dough will become softer. Do a couple more times and let it rest for a while before rolling it out. The more you knead it, the more chewy will be the noodles. Some people knead it 10-15minutes in one go. You can do that if you have big, strong muscles!
Flatten the dough and cut it into 2 for easier handling.
Take a piece of dough and roll it out very thin with a rolling pin. I use my big heavier rolling pin for this. Make sure to flour it so that it does not stick to the rolling pin or the dough board or table. Fold it over and roll to get it very thin.
Finally fold it over a few times from the shorter end. Make sure the edge of the folded dough is shorter than your knife for easier cutting. Use a sharp knife, cut it into strips. You can cut it thin or thick depending on your preference.
Loosen the cut noodles and flour it to prevent them from sticking to each other. You can also use corn flour to do that. In fact you can start putting a pot of water to boil as you start cutting so that when you are done with the cutting, the water also boils. In that case you only need to flour lightly like mine here.
You need quite a lot of water to boil the noodles otherwise the noodles will turn out gluey. Lift the noodles into the boiling water. Use high heat so that it cooks fast. But be aware that it can boil over very quickly. Once they float, they are cooked.
Scoop it out with a slotted or netted scoop or even a metal sieve. I used a pair of chopsticks and a slotted scoop to pick them out. Do whatever way you can to get the noodles out as soon as possible from the pot. Pour the noodles into a mixing bowl or pot. Add a tablespoon of oil. Mix it well so that they don’t stick. Fan it to cool it down as soon as possible so that the noodles will remain chewy. Some people rinse it with cold water but I never do that. Proceed with the other piece of dough the same way. The noodles are ready to be cooked in whatever way you like, whether in soup or fried. You can even eat it plain if you want!
Do you make your own noodles? What is your favourite way to cook noodles? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.
Other noodles recipes that you may like:
Hand-pulled Noodles And Char Siu Chicken Soup
Dry Noodles With Char Siu Chicken And Vegetables
Boiled Chicken And Vegetables Noodle Soup
Malaysian Prawn Soup Noodles
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