I have a constant craving for mie ayam (Indonesian chicken noodle), and so far, I haven't been happy with all the ready made noodles that I've tried. There's one Indonesian restaurant in Hong Kong that serves mie ayam with homemade egg noodles just like what we have in Indonesia, but I prefer a different type of chicken topping, which I can make at home, but they won't sell me their handmade noodles. This is really frustrating! I want the perfect combo! Perfect noodles and perfect topping! Is that too much to ask? (It probably is. Heheheh)
我對印尼雞麵有種情有獨中, 有份情, 食過現成個D好多都唔係咁掂. 係香港有間都係自制既雞麵, 都係用蛋做嘅, 但係我唔係咁鐘意佢個餸. 可惜佢地冇得浄買面..
Luckily, a good friend of mine, Ieie, was willing to share her uncle's homemade egg noodles recipe. He uncle was a mie ayam vendor in Indonesia. Wow! How perfect! So, one fine day, we braved ourselves and tried to make the noodles (actually Ieie made the noodles, we just "helped" i.e. annoyed her). We also prepared some backup store-bought noodles, in case we failed miserably.
好彩有個朋友開鋪, 係印尼轉整哩個麵, 就叫埋我老友去我屋企一齊整啦
That's baby Marcus, wanting to grab a strand of the homemade noodles.
Here's the recipe...neatly written on Ieie's notebook :)
下面就係秘傳嘅食譜, 要問准好多人先放得上黎架, 大家整嘅時候真係要心存感激呀!!
(we made half of the recipe, serves 4)
- 1 kg of all purpose flour (for best result, we used Indonesian flour, Cakra Kembar)
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 4 egg white, 6 egg yolk, beat together
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp alkaline (air ki)
- water (room temperature)
- corn starch for rolling and to keep noodles from sticking
- a big pot of boiling water with a touch of oil to cook the noodles
- 1kg 麵粉 (最好可以用印尼麵粉)
- 2 湯匙 植物油
- 4 隻蛋白, 6個蛋黃, 一齊攪均
- 1 茶匙 鹽
- 1 湯匙 食用碱水
- 水 (室温)
- 生粉 (用黎整到冇咁癡)
- 一鍋熱水, 用黎"拾"麵
Mix eggs, oil, salt, alkaline and a bit of water in a bowl.
將蛋, 油, 鹽, 碱水同少少水係個碗度攪均
Add 1/3 of the flour, mix...
...gradually add more flour while keep mixing it into a sticky dough.
Knead the dough while keep adding more flour, keep kneading until the dough is no longer sticky (it took quite a while, more than 20 minutes for us, beware of sore arms)
係咁打個麵糰同加麵粉, 直到唔"癡"為止, 大概20分鐘
If you have a pasta maker, this is a good time to use it. Since we don't have one, we rolled the noodles manually.
Baby Marcus refused to sit alone, he wanted to be a part of it.
SC helped rolling the dough really thin...
...it was rolled into my favorite shape...a long and large amoeba. Heheheh. Keep adding a bit of corn flour to prevent the dough from sticking.
Fold the dough...
打, 壓, 摺
...and cut into noodles.
最後, 亦都係最難嘅部分, 切麵
Perfect noodles! Add a bit of corn flour from time to time to keep the noodles from sticking.
Bring a large pot of water to boil, add a couple tbsp of oil, dump the noodles in.
Once it's come to a boil, drain the noodles immediately. Overcooking them would be disastrous!
Place in a bowl, add a bit of vegetable oil, get ready to serve.
It was a huge success! No alkaline smell, just the right amount of chewiness. It stays springy even when it's cold. I need to make this again soon.
估唔到攪得掂, 有碱水味, 仲好彈口!
I served the noodles with this chicken mushroom topping.
- 2 chicken thigh fillet, diced
- 1 cup of straw mushrooms, cut into chunks
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 shallot, thinly sliced
- fish sauce, light soy sauce, pepper, a touch of Indonesian sweet soy sauce (kecap manis), vegetable oil
- crispy shallot and scallion for garnish
Saute garlic and shallot in hot oil, add mushroom chunks, add chicken chunks, season, and ready to serve. Prepare the topping ahead of the noodles.
To assemble, add 1 tsp sesame oil, 2 tsp vegetable oil, 1 tsp light soy sauce, 1 tbsp fish sauce into individual bowls, add noodles, mix well, add chicken and mushroom topping, serve with chicken broth on the side (I used store bought chicken stock), garnish with crispy shallot and scallion. Add boiled choy sum, dumplings or meat balls. I served mine with fried chicken and shrimp balls.
It's hard work, but it's totally worth it! I ate two bowls of this perfection! I want it again now.
一個字, 好食, 大家都試吓啦..