Greetings, Mystic Meows!
Often times in the winter months I tend to crave a good bowl of noodles. Whether it be spaghetti, rice noodles, or in this case, Chinese noodles in a spicy meat sauce, I’m always down to try my hand at something that I haven’t attempted in a long while. I’m confident enough in my abilities to cook and create that when it comes to making pasta of any kind… well… I CAN DO IT! And so can you meows… Trust me. 🥰✨
The following recipe for Chinese noodles requires only 3 ingredients and takes less than an hour to pull off from start to finish. Although I used a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, you can totally whip this up in a bowl with a sturdy spoon, a bit of elbow grease, and patience. It might take a bit longer, but works all the same and is well worth the effort.
The meat sauce that I made to accompany the noodle extravaganza was comprised mostly of leftover ground chicken & beef filling that I had on hand from when I made Lumpia ( fried spring rolls) the other night. Waste not, want not!! I sliced some carrots nice and thin, added some chopped green onion, garlic, green chili’s, soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, ( I love the Mae Ploy brand), peanut butter, and a bit of Sambal Oelek. SPICY!! But soooooo flipping tasty! Alright… Moving on to the noodle recipe…
So before we get into it, my first and strongest recommendation is that you use Bread Flour. Although you can of course use All Purpose Flour if you’re in a pinch and can’t find bread flour at your local store. Bread flour has a higher gluten content and makes for a much more springy, and chewier noodle. Once they’re done, the possibilities are endless as far as how you use them. A zillion different ways… a zillion different ways to cut them… From soups to stir frying, or a yummy spicy sauce. That’s the fun part about being whimsical and spontaneous when you’re cooking. Sometimes it all comes together, changes, and evolves as you’re preparing the dish! Okie dokie… Here we go!
Easy Handmade Chinese Noodles
2 cups of bread flour
2/3 cup of water
1/4 tsp salt
- In a stand mixer using the dough hook attachment, place the flour and salt in the bowl and on very low speed begin to mix the salt and flour together.
- Slowly add in half of the water and allow to mix until fully incorporated.
- Once the flour has absorbed the water, slowly add the remaining amount of liquid into the dough. You should have what looks like a somewhat shaggy dough. The dough might seem to be on the dry side, but please resist the temptation to add more water. Trust the process. It’ll all come together, I promise. Continue to mix on low speed for about 5 minutes.
5. After about 5 minutes, the dough should come together in a rough ball. Lighty knead together just enough to shape it into a circle. It will feel a bit dry and lumpy, but retain its shape. Cover with a bowl and let rest for 30 to 40 minutes. This will allow the dough to continue absorbing the water and relax the gluten so we get a softer, more pliable dough that will be easier to roll out.
6. Once the dough has rested, divide it in half. Generously flour your surface and roll your dough ball out as thin as you can get it to be. The dough will expand once cooked so the thinner you get it now, the better.
7. Once your dough is rolled out nice and thin, flour both sides and gently fold your noodle sheet over 3 to 4 times, creating a little book. Then go ahead and slice up your noodles as thin or as thick as your heart desires!
8. Get a pot of water and bring to a boil. I added a dash of salt to mine, but not too much. Boil for 2 to 4 minutes depending on the size and thickness of the noodles. They’ll start to float fairly quickly. Once they’re ready, add them to your sauce or soup, and you’re ready to slurp these babies up!! 😉
So as I wrote above, the spicy meat sauce I made was a total throw together of what I had on hand, but the base for the sauce itself was soy sauce, Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce, peanut butter, a dash of sugar, carrots, green onions, green chilis, a splash of water, and Sambal Oelek. Then I added in the meat, some chopped power greens, and tossed it all together! Use what you have in your fridge and of course can be made using only vegetables, seafood, or tofu. It’s up to you, meow! That’s what makes this such a fun and easy recipe! I do hope you give this one a try!
Well, there you have it! Another Mystic Meal for the record books! Thanks for hanging out with me and until we eat again… Happy Cooking!
Cheers, hugs, and meows!
Nikki xo 🔮✨🖤
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