Homemade Noodles, made at home are actually much easier that you think. Noodle is one ingredient that can be made into a variety of dishes. Noodles are extensively used in Far Eastern cuisine accompanied by soups, sauces and stir fried dishes. Homemade Noodles is simple and easy to prepare made with flour and egg mixed together to form a stiff dough; rolled and cut into thin strips to make noodles.
The strips can be cut into numerous shapes and sizes and can be fresh or dried. Noodles can be made with a variety of flour(s) such as wheat flour, mung bean flour, buckwheat flour, potato flour or rice flour. Generally the Chinese egg noodles are made with wheat flour which can be used in soups, stir-fries or in sauces using meats, vegetables or seafood.
The cellophane noodles are made with mung bean flour and are served as a noodle dish with sauce or with rice, while the rice noodles are used in soups. They are the perfect store ingredients, easy and quick to cook and very versatile. Noodles History states that Chinese noodles is the ancestor of all noodles and is world renowned. The major ingredient that goes in making of noodles is wheat flour.
In the northern part of China, noodle has become the staple food for people although rice is still the vital food in the southern part. The noodles are vastly different in both the northern and southern parts of China. In South, it’s the egg noodles with plain flour being the major ingredient while in the north, the noodles are made of wheat flour usually without the use of eggs.
Traditionally, in China, noodles are delicately hand-made with a unique technique from flour mixing, beating, pulling and cutting of noodles where every step is done manually. There are a variety of noodles which include wheat, egg, rice vermicelli, buckwheat, rice stick noodles, each having a slight difference in taste and texture. Noodles often made with unleavened dough which is rolled flat and cut into a variety of shapes.
While long, thin strips are the most common variety of noodles, they are also cut into different shapes such as waves, helices, tubes, strings or shells. These noodles are usually cooked in boiling water sometimes with oil and little salt added.
They can also be stored for short time in refrigerator or dried and stored for future use. Noodles are often pan fried or deep fried accompanying with a sauce or in a soup. Homemade noodles is naturally the best than the store-bought as they are fresh, richer, tastes better and can be served with mixing a variety of meats, vegetables and sauces combined and stir fried to give a punch to the dish.
Noodle recipes There are a variety of appetizing recipes that you can make with noodles to treat your taste buds with delight and enjoy nutritious and healthy homemade noodles. Some of the popular dishes are Chicken noodle soup, Hakka Noodle, Veg Soft noodles, Fried noodles, Asian Noodles with Chicken and Shrimp and many more in the list. Noodle variations There are a lot of variations that you can give in making the noodles. Noodles are eaten hot or cold, steamed, stir-fried, deep fried, boiled or served in a soup.
They are excellent source of protein and extremely high in complex carbohydrates. Often we are confused with the difference between a ‘lo mein’ and ‘chow mein noodles’. There are two variations in preparing these recipes. In case of low mein, it involves tossing of boiled noodles in the wok and then mixing them with other ingredients during the final stage of cooking which helps the noodles to absorb more flavours from the sauce while cooking of Chow mein, the ingredients are stir-fried and then served over the noodles that have been prepared separately.
Ultimately however it is cooked; we love eating noodles and are one of the most liked dishes by most of us, especially the kids.
How to make homemade Noodles: Ingredients:
Egg - 1 no
Flour - 2 cups
Salt - to taste
In a bowl, combine the egg and flour and knead well to make slightly smooth dough. Cover the dough and rest for 10 minutes.
Dust some flour on the surface and roll the dough with a rolling pin, fold and cut them into thin strips (as shown in video). Unroll the strips to separate and you can cook the noodles immediately.
Fill a large pot with water, add salt and bring to boil. When it comes to boiling point, add noodles and boil for few minutes or until the noodles are cooked. Drain the noodles in a colander and remove all the water off.