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Homemade Noodles

Yes, I have lived in lots of foreign countries, but I have also lived in different places in America. Everyone had something to teach me, and I have happily learned. As I said early, I knew early in my life that I would be going overseas, and I didn’t want to leave anything good in America that I could take with me.  Where my family is from in the southwestern part of the United States, I don’t remember anyone making homemade noodles, and when I saw the women in the Ohio Valley doing it, I was thrilled. I asked my mother about it, and she said she had seen it, but she had never done it.  These ladies made homemade noodles, dried them out, put them in plastic bags, and gave them to me as gifts. Sometimes, they were just plain white noodles, and some made green, orange, or red noodles.  I think the green ones had ground spinach or spinach juice in them, the red ones, perhaps tomato juice, and the orange ones, either ground cooked carrot or carrot juice in them.  The most popular dish they made with them was chicken noodles that was similar to chicken and dumplings, but with noodles instead of dumplings. Noodles are sold all over the world, but there have been times I can’t get lasagna noodles or some other kind, and it is really nice to know how noodles are made, so my family hasn’t had to do without.  In fact, my kids prefer homemade lasagna noodles to store bought ones, and they love just plain old homemade noodles too.  Yesterday, I made homemade noodles for my family.  This is what I did:

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I dumped a cup of flour on the cabinet covered with tin foil

To begin with, you don’t even need a bowl.  I covered my work space on the cabinet with tin foil, then I dumped a cup of flour directly on the tin foil.

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I put an egg in the middle of the flour.

After I dumped a cup of flour on the cabinet, I cracked an egg and put it in the middle of the flour.  I mixed it into the flour with a fork.

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I mixed the egg into the flour with a fork.

After I mixed the egg into the flour, I began putting water in it little by little and kept mixing. After a bit I had to begin kneading the dough to get everything mixed through it.

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My ball of dough.

I kept mixing it until I had a ball of stiff dough.

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The dough rolled out flat.

Once I had a ball of dough, I rolled it out as thin as I could get it.  stretching it as far as it would go.

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I used a pizza cutter to cut the dough.

I used a pizza cutter and began cutting the dough in very, very thin strips.  If you don’t have a pizza cutter, a knife would work.  Here in Korea, there may be some things Americans have in their kitchens missing, but the Koreans love pizza, so of course, you can find pizza cutters in Korea.

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I cut the dough completely making lots of noodles.

I cut the dough completely making lots of long, thin noodles. You can make your noodles any length or width you want. If you are making lasagna noodles, just make them long and wide. If you are making macaroni and cheese, just cut them shorter than I have cut them.  After they are all cut, most people leave them to dry, but some don’t bother to dry them.  I have been told to take a broom stick, wash it, and hang the noodles over a a broomstick propped up horizontally to dry.  As for me, I was making dinner, so I just left them to dry a bit where they were, and then put a pot of water on the stove to boil.

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I put a pot of water on the fire to boil while my noodles were left drying a little.

I put a pot of fire on the stove to boil. I added a little oil to the water so my noodles wouldn’t stick.  I wanted them to have a little bit of a chicken flavor, so I also put some chicken bullion in my water. I also decided to add a little parsley.

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I gently picked the noodles up.

When the water began to boil, I carefully picked the noodles up and slowly added them one by one to the boiling water.

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my noodles in the chicken broth.

I let them boil for a little while with a lid on them, and then they were done. I turned the fire down so they wouldn’t boil over.

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The finished noodles

When I tasted one and realized them were right, I pulled them out of the broth with tongs thinking I could use the broth another day for something else like soup or sauce.

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noodles with chicken

I had also made a kind of chicken in sauce in the oven, and they were great together. Everywhere I go, people are slightly different and their recipes are different.  I love learning from all of them.  They have made what comes out of my kitchen really good because people like to share with me what they know like the ladies in the Ohio Valley. Thanks to them, now, you have the recipe for homemade noodles.

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