Pasta or Noodle

Noodle / pasta / mie / bakmi etc etc

Noodle. Who does not like it? It comes in so many different forms and names. It’s that looooooooooooong stringy yummy thing. Spaghetti, fettuccine, linguine, lo mein, chow mein, rice noodle, pho, glass noodle, udon, soba, buckwheat, mie, bakmi, bihun and on and on and on.

I never thought about making my own fresh noodle until recently. I was craving for one of the kind of noodle from home, mie karet (chewy / rubbery noodle). Not really rubbery or hard but it’s more chewy than most noodle..kinda like udon but not as thick and not sticky. They serves it with sliced cooked chicken, green onion, cilantro and mustard greens and a side of chicken broth. The noodle itself cooked same way as you cook your pasta. Then seasoned with a mixture of vegetable oil, sesame oil, white pepper,  soy sauce / fish sauce, and a tiny bit of sugar.

The image of mie karet abadi from http://www.id.openrice.com
My version, homemade mie karet / chewy noodle

I remember looking forward to every weekend when my dad would take us all to these noodle restaurant. It’s a small place nothing fancy. They serve these noodles with won ton, meatball, fish ball and then it grows to other dishes like nasi campur (steamed rice with bbq pork, charsiu, chicken, hard boiled eggs cooked in soy sauce, ngohiang) to other Chinese dishes. But my fave and others fave I reckon is the yummy noodle..simple yet so delicious noodle.

There are so many different kind of “chicken noodle aka mie ayam” in Indonesia where I came from. And every one of them are delicious in their own way. Each noodle place has their own characteristic that make them stand out from the other.
I used to live in the Chinatown where I was surrounded of these many version or noodle and other traditional delicacies. My co worker usually order lunch or breakfast for me to brought to work for them. Stuffs that you can get in other part of Jakarta, however the one by my house are the best. Food and food from the minute you open your eyes until even 3 am you can still find food stalls around. Noodles from you wake up until you wake up again :). Never stop!.
Frankly that is one of the thing I missed from home. And my family and friends of course. Do not miss the traffic that is for sure.
Anyway, today I decided to make my own noodle again. Only this time I am using my bread maker to do the work making the dough. And the pasta machine do the rest. Gotta love kitchen gadget these days.
I am using 75 ml water mixed with 45 ml vegetable oil and 2 xlarge eggs, put them in my bread maker, then covered it with 4 3/.4 cups of bread flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Run the bread maker to the dough cycle scrapped as needed. I ended up adding more water as the dough seems to be on the dry side. Once it stopped I let it rest for like 10 minutes before taking it out and cut it in 4 and put them in the ziploc bag. Then rolled 1 piece, starting from the thicker setting, run it several time for each setting. Then run it through the noodle cutter part..sprinkle with flour and set aside. Do this for the rest of the dough.
My dough ready to be rolled.
Flattened the dough with your hand before start running it through the pasta machine.

The thin noodle sheets before cutting.
First batch. That 1 sheet on the above picture made this whole noodle.

The final result.

 I think it made 8 portions of the noodle. I will cook these noodle tomorrow afternoon after I make the  fixing for this. Planning to do ground pork cook with sweet soy sauce and garlic. And also the boiled chicken. If I have time I probably going to try to make my own won ton wrapper. We’ll see if it does not take me a long time to do my research,. For now my noodle is resting in a ziploc bag ready for their hot bath :).

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