Saturday, September 07, 2013

Handmade noodle

In most countries, the manufacture of noodles is fully or partially mechanized but in China an estimated 80% of noodles are still handmade.

Handmade noodles were pulled, rolled and cut in an assortment of shapes and sizes, but all involved significant use of the hands.

Flour noodles are made from sheeted stiff flour dough that is cut into noodle strands and sold fresh or dried. Mechanized noodle production predominates in Japan, while semi-mechanized and handmade production predominates in China. Yet the Japanese still prefer the taste of handmade which everyone agrees cannot be duplicated by any science.

The noodles that are made by hand have become delicacies in some areas as they are not easily produced and require some skills. They are soften sold as fresh noodles, and cooked as soon as they are made. 

Handmade noodles were well established by the time of the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 BC) and different methods for the production and cooking of noodles were noted in the Sung Dynasty (960-1279 AD).
Handmade noodle

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