Things You'll Need
flour, salt, eggs, water, oil
small bowl, medium bowl
large sauce pan
Adults and kids alike love the taste, texture and shape of curly Japanese ramen noodles. Here is a simple recipe for homemade ramen noodles to try out alone or with children. Pair the noodles with a chicken broth or miso, or try them with a slightly more sophisticated homemade ramen broth for an easy meal or first course.
Gather your ingredients: 2 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 4 eggs, 1 tablespoon water and oil for frying.
Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl and make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients.
Mix the eggs and water together in a small bowl.
Pour the egg and water mixture into the well of the dry ingredients and combine with a large spoon until the mixture forms a dough.
Knead the dough with your hands for 10 to 15 minutes until it begins to feel elastic.
Cover the bowl of dough with a kitchen towel and let the dough rest for 30 minutes.
Flour a space on your counter top. Roll the dough on the floured counter top until it is very thin---about 1 mm. Use as much flour as you need to keep the dough from sticking. If the dough keeps pulling back and getting thicker, let it rest for about 5 more minutes and then roll it out again.
Cut the rolled dough into small strips---about 6 inches long by an 1/8 of an inch wide. If you have a pasta machine, you can use it to make the dough into strips.
Twirl the strips together into little bundles of noodles. Lay the bundles out on the counter for 2 hours to dry somewhat.
Coat the bottom of a frying pan with oil. Fry the bundles of noodles quickly so they don't get too greasy. The noodles should puff up and be a white to light gold color. Place the noodle bundles on a paper towel to cool.
Boil the fried noodles in a chicken, miso, or ramen broth until tender---about 6 to 8 minutes. Refrigerate any unboiled noodles. See the recipe for ramen broth in the Additional Resources below.