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Cooking with Tamie: Chinese noodles

Australia has such a rich variety of cuisine and we especially miss the fresh Asian foods, so I undertook to learn how to make my own Chinese noodles. As it turns out, it is super easy and ‘egg noodles’ contain no egg! They get their yellow colour from a chemical reaction of baked soda with flour. This is also what gives them their fabulous slippery texture.

Chinese noodles

  • 2.5 cups flour
  • 3tsp baked soda*
  • 1 cup lukewarm water

* Baked soda is bicarb that has been made more alkaline so it has a stronger reaction. Spread a packet of baking soda in a thin layer on a baking dish and put in oven on low heat for an hour. It will lose about 1/3 of its volume in water. Can be stored in an airtight container.

  1. Dissolve the baked soda in the water.
  2. Add to the flour. You should see the flour turn a subtle yellow. (Not a strong yellow like you get in the shops in Australia – that’s called food colouring! If you want the strong yellow, add a dash of turmeric or an egg yolk.)
  3. Knead well (20 mins). It makes quite a hard dough, but don’t give up!
  4. Clingwrap (or in my case, put in a plastic bag) and set aside for 20 mins.
  5. Knead again for 5 mins.
  6. Wrap again and leave to rest for an hour.
  7. Cut dough into 3 portions. (Because there’s just two of us for dinner, I use these on successive nights, leaving the remaining ones in the fridge until I’m read.)
  8. One by one, roll out each portion until very thin. (You could use a pasta maker if you have one.)
  9. Using a pizza cutter, cut thin strips. Make sure they are well floured so that they don’t stick together.
  10. Boil water and drop noodles in. Cook for 2-3 mins.

I serve with a stir fry of onions, green capsicum, strips of carrot with garlic, ginger and soy sauce.


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2 replies

  1. Hi Tamie

    I was wondering… With all your recipes, which I think are resourceful and look delicious, have you considered putting together a cook book which you could then sell online at a small profit to raise money for your work? I think this could have lots of potential.

    It depends on if you have enough recipes, good photos of your meals and time to put it together.

    … Though I’d be glad to help out in some way with the design work and could liaise with you both. Like a collaborative subject.


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