Knife-Cut Noodle Recipe (Dao Xiao Mian)

Noodles are a essential ingredient and staple in Chinese cuisine. Knife-cut noodles are legendary in China, it is one of the many varieties of noodles. Dao Xiao Mian is relatively short and flat, peeled by knife from a firm slap of dough.

The dough is relatively easy to make, but I found that the dough cutting was more challenging to execute. Traditionally, you would use a very sharp knife above a pot of boiling water, with your left hand or right hand, you would hold the dough, pointed downwards at a angle. With the other hand, you would begin to shave the knife down the dough. I found that this was not as easy to execute and have thus found a different way to complete the dough cutting.

Carrying on with my obsession with Northern China foods, here is my take on Dao Xiao Mian.


So what you will need is:

200 grams of Bread Flour
50 grams All Purpose Flour
120 grams of Warm Water
Pinch of Salt

1. Mix the salt and water together until the salt has dissolved.
2. Add flour in a deep bowl. Make a well and slowly add the salted water.
Dao Xiao Mian - Add Water
3. Stir the flour into the middle of the water until there is no more flour left.
Dao Xiao Mian - Mix
4. Knead the dough until your hand is clean.
Dao Xiao Mian - Formed Dough
5.Keep kneading for another 10 to 12 minutes, at this point the dough should have a nice and smooth surface. (5 to 6 minutes in a KitchenAid mixer with a dough hook on medium speed)
Dao Xiao Mian - Knead Till Smooth
6. Wrap the dough in cling wrap, and allow the dough to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes before use.
Dao Xiao Mian
7. On a floured board, flatten the dough with the palm of your hand. It will be about 1/2 inch thick. Start pulling the dough from the edges a bit.
Dao Xiao Mian - Pulled and Flattened
8. Then using a knife, start slicing off noodle pieces. You can control the thickness and length. Be sure to generously flour the pieces to prevent sticking.
dao xiao mian
9. Cook these noodles in salted boiling water for about 6 to 8 minutes depending on the thickness of the dough.
Dao Xiao Mian - Cooked


Knife-Cut Noodle Recipe (Dao Xiao Mian – 刀削麵)

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Yield: 2 servings

So what you will need is:

200 grams of Bread Flour
50 grams All Purpose Flour
120 grams of Warm Water
Pinch of Salt

  1. Mix the salt and water together until the salt has dissolved.
  2. Add flour in a deep bowl. Make a well and slowly add the salted water.
  3. Stir the flour into the middle of the water until there is no more flour left.
  4. Knead the dough until your hand is clean.
  5. Keep kneading for another 10 to 12 minutes, at this point the dough should have a nice and smooth surface. (5 to 6 minutes in a KitchenAid mixer with a dough hook on medium speed)
  6. Wrap the dough in cling wrap, and allow the dough to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes before use.
  7. On a floured board, flatten the dough with the palm of your hand. It will be about 1/2 inch thick. Start pulling the dough from the edges a bit.
  8. Then using a knife, start slicing off noodle pieces. You can control the thickness and length. Be sure to generously flour the pieces to prevent sticking.
  9. Cook these noodles in salted boiling water for about 6 to 8 minutes depending on the thickness of the dough.

 

Serve these noodles with this North West China Lamb Stir Fry!

Thank you for reading! Hope you enjoyed this recipe. If you have any suggestions of what you’d like to see me make next, let me know in the comments below!

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