Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Homemade Chinese Knife Shave Noodles (Dao Xiao Mian)

Today I made the famous Chinese Dao Xiao Mian, which means knife shave noodles. This is a very popular noodle where you use a knife to shave the dough into thin flat noodles and into the hot water. I have never eat this noodle before but saw this in movies and everyone seem to say it's good. So I got to try it for myself since it's hard to find a Chinese restaurant that sell this. It's actually not too hard with the knife I got back from China. I think if you have a thin sharp knife you can do it. Or you can roll it out flat and then cut it into thin flat strips. The noodle is good and chewy. This soup I just made it to eat with this noodle. Not sure how the original soup taste like. A great success today and will make this again in the future.

Ingredients: Dough

3 cup all purpose flour
1 cup rice flour
1 tsp baking powder
about 2 cup water
1 tsp salt


1. Mix everything together and knead into a dough. Knead it for 10-15 minutes. If it's too wet then add a little more flour. The dough should not be too soft. 2. Let it rest for another 15 minutes. (I cheat on this and use the bread maker to knead it for me. Use about 1 2/3 water for this. Just let the machine knead into a smooth dough. Should be 10 minutes or so.)
2. Boil water to shave noodles in. *Wait and do the soup first.


1 1/2 lb ground meat
1 cup dried shrimp soaked for an 1 hr or more (use 2 cup water)
10 cup water
6 tsp minced garlic
3 tbsp crab paste

1. Mix the ground meat with 2 tsp oyster sauce, 2 tsp fish sauce, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp sugar, 2 tsp oil, 1/2 tsp ground pepper, and 2 tsp of the minced garlic. Mix this well so the meat stick together.
2. In a pot heat 2 tbsp oil. Add in the 2 tsp minced garlic and stir to prevent burn. When turning brown add in the dried shrimps. Do not throw the water away and use it after you stir the shrimp a little.
3. Now add in the water. Let the soup bring to boil then turn fire down to let it simmer.
4. In another pan heat about 2 tbsp oil add in the crab paste. Stir it and then add in the meat. Stir until it is half cook and then add into the soup.
5. Bring the soup to boil and then add in taste. I add in about 2 tsp salt, 3 -4 tsp fish sauce, 2 tsp sugar. Add more fish sauce to taste. Just let the soup simmer while you boil water for the shave noodles.

Serving: Place strained noodles in a bowl and add in some chopped chives. Then add in hot boiling soup.


Anonymous said...

Hi Ch3rri,
The soup looks very good to eat in this winter season. I'm going to make it tonight.

jtrinh said...

hi Ch3rri,

what is crab paste? this soup looks really good, and easy to make, I want to try this.

ch3rri said...

Google crab paste and you can see a sample jar of how it look like. You can find the crab paste at the Asian supermarkets.