Friday, December 21, 2012

M is for miàn 面

We had a fun lesson today learning about noodle, which was first invented by Chinese. Who is the first inventor of noodle is debatable until National Geographic concluded when a 4,000-year-old bowl of noodles unearthed in China. Noodles are an important ingredient and staple in Chinese food. My family loves noodle. I showed them different types of noodle we eat in my family, rice noodle, wheat noodle, sweet potato noodle, etc.
An award-winning documentary, A Bite of China, came out this year on the history of food, eating and cooking in China. This documentary is very popular in China and has also been actively encouraged as a means of introducing Chinese culture to foreigners. I showed part of the documentary (from 24:00) about how noodle is made. Everyone was fascinated by how the noodle master turns a dough into noodles. They laughed out at how people use bamboo to press down the dough. 
Kids always enjoy food they make by themselves. So we made noodle from the stratch! I brought a noodle maker from China and you can find one here too. My mom helped me prepare some dough. We put some water into flour and make it a dough. Use the rolling pin to roll the dough into a rectangular shape. Then cut the rectangular into several smaller rectangulars ready for the noodle maker.
Kids took turn to put the rectangular dough sheets into the noodle maker to make them thinner. You can adjust how thin you want. Then they put the thin sheet into the cutter of the noodle maker. There are three sizes they can choose. They love the smallest size. Look at the noodle we made!
It's time to cook them! We boiled water first and then put noodle into the boiled water. When they are done, take the noodle into a big bowl and put flavours. We put sesame oil, soy sauce, salt, sugar, beef and small green onion. Easy, healthy and yummy! Everyone wanted more!

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