Handmade Chinese Style Fresh Noodles

fresh chinese noodle recipe

Super Easy Handmade Chinese style fresh noodles from scratch without a noodle/pasta machine.

Hope everyone is well and healthy!

Has COVID-19 changed the way you work, live, and cook? For most of us, the answer is probably yes, yes, and yes, unless you are from one of these countries.

When it comes to cooking, it means being creative and cook with what you have or be willing to make things from scratch those specialty grocery items become a history of yesterday.

fresh chinese noodle recipe

If you follow me on Instagram you know that I prefer noodles over rice (can I call myself a noodlehead?). For years, I have been getting my Chinese style fresh noodles from Asian supermarkets in Queens.

The lockdown saw my noodle stash quickly depleted. Not being able to replenish at my trusted local Asian grocery stores, I resorted to the old fashion handmade fresh noodles that I learned just for emergencies like this.

Making fresh noodles from scratch might sound intimidating to many but it’s actually easier than you thought. In this recipe, I’ll show you how to make these bouncy and slightly chewy noodles entirely by hand.

That’s right, you do not need a pasta machine. All you need is a workstation (like a cutting board or countertop) and a rolling pin!

Once done, feel free to try one of these fine noodle recipes such as this or this or this from yours truly.

fresh chinese noodle recipe

Before we jump into the recipe itself, here are a few helpful tips I’d like to share:

  1. Use bread flour or a blend of bread flour and all purpose flavor if you prefer a chewier texture.
  2. The dough after initial kneading will feel dry. Don’t worry as it gets softer after the after rest
  3. When rolling out the do.ugh, sprinkle with flour frequently to avoid sticking
  4. Flour the cut up noodles generously if you plan on storing in the fridge. The noodles tend to stick together quickly if there is not enough flour.

If you do have a pasta machine and prefer to use that (which will make the process even easier), you can follow your usual pasta making instruction from step 6 and onward.

Easy Handmade Chinese Style Fresh Noodles

Yield: 12oz/350g fresh noodles (~2-3 servings)

Prep Time:20 mins + 60 mins of wait time

Total Time:80 mins

Recipe to make theses fresh Chinese style noodles from scratch without a noodle/pasta machine.

Ingredients:

fresh chinese noodle ingredient list
  • 2 cup/250g all purpose flour (can partially substitute with bread flour for chewier texture)
  • extra flour for dusting
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 110ml water + extra if necessary

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and salt.recipe to make fresh chinese noodles step1Slowly add water in multiple batches while incorporating by hand or a large whisk. Once almost all of the flour is incorporated, start bringing the dough together with your hands. The dough will start out loose and crumbly but should slowly come together. Add 1tsp of additional water if the dough is too dry and crumbly.recipe to make fresh chinese noodles step2Knead by hand for about 5 minutes until a dough ball is formed and somewhat smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 30 mins in room temperature to allow the dough to hydrate.recipe to make fresh chinese noodles step3Uncover the dough and gently knead by hand for 30 seconds. The surface of the dough should get very smooth.recipe to make fresh chinese noodles step4Cover the dough with plastic wrap again and let it rest for another 30 minutes. Sprinkle some flour on the top surface of the dough.recipe to make fresh chinese noodles step5Generously dust your workstation with flour. Transfer the dough to the workstation and slowly roll out the dough both vertically and horizontally.recipe to make fresh chinese noodles step6If the dough gets sticky, sprinkle more flour on both sides of the dough. Keep rolling until the dough is about 1/8 inch thick (or to your preferred thickness).recipe to make fresh chinese noodles step7Dust the dough sheet with flour and fold into pleat.recipe to make fresh chinese noodles step8Take the sharpest knife you have and cut the dough sheets into noodles of your desired thickness.recipe to make fresh chinese noodles step9Separate the noodles immediately and dust with more flour to prevent them from sticking together. When well sealed, these noodles store up to 3 days in the refrigerator and up to a month in freezer.recipe to make fresh chinese noodles step10

These noodles can be stored in a well sealed ziploc in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or stay in a freezer for up to a month. However, with so many ways to cook these noodles, I can hardly imagine the need of freezer.

fresh chinese noodle recipe