Pasta - a staple food of traditional Italian cuisine, comes in a variety of different shapes that serve for both decoration and to act as a carrier for the different types of sauce. Pasta also includes varieties, such as ravioli and tortellini, that are filled with other ingredients, such as ground meat or cheese. Pasta is eaten in Italy only as first course or nowadays as "piatto unico".
East Asian noodles originated in China and spread into neighbouring countries such as Korea and Japan (dangmyeon and ramen, for example, are both of Chinese origin), as well as Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, and Cambodia.
The dough for East Asian noodles can be made from wheat, rice, buckwheat, or mung bean starch. Egg, lye, and cereal may also be added to noodles made from wheat flour in order to give the noodles a different color or flavor. Arrowroot or tapioca starch are sometimes added to the flour mixture in low quantities to change the texture and tenderness of the noodles' strands.
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For my family we usually have Long noodle :- Spaghetti, Soba - そば (Japanese), Udon - うどん (Japanese) cu mian - 粗麵 (Chinese) or Ribbon Cut Noodles :- Fettuccine, Linguine, Shahe fen - 沙河粉 (Chinese) and I considered ban mian 板面 as one of the ribbon cut noodles too.
The old good days, when mum cooked ban mian, she will make sure that everyone is at home when the mian is ready. And now, when I cook ban mian, I will inform hb to back on time so that I don't have to cook twice.
This is the meal that only me n hb will appreciate, Kids? oh they don't like it.
Why? because the soup make them sweat, both don't enjoy soup.
Dough : Normal Flour 600g Water 220-250ml Whole egg 1 no Sesame Oil 2 tbsp Salt 1 tsp
Soup Base : anchovies powder , garlic (Boil)
Topping : Prawn ( Stir Fry with garlic), Fried anchovies, Mushroom, Chicken Mince, Choy sum 菜心
1 Knead the dough till smooth, rest for few hours before use. (I kept in the fridge )
2 Use pasta machine to mangle the dough 2 to 3 times before cutting it to shape.
3 Prepare a pot of hot water, cook No 2.
4 When No3 is cook, throw away hot water and pour cold water to the bian mian then transfer No 3 to a container.
5 Prepare the soup, reheat the soup, put in choy sum n No 4.
6. Serving with topping to own desired, bonus with fresh chillies.