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Healthy boy's razor fish §

You'll want these noods to be all up in your dms, they're sweet and chewy and would make for a great breakfast or dinner. This recipe for chengdu sweet water noodles is from Elaine.

Prep time: 1 hr 20

Cooking time: 10 mins

Makes: enough for 2

Ingredients dough: 300g plain flour

140ml water

pinch of salt

Ingredients sauce: 1-2 tbsp sweet soy sauce

2 cloves garlic

1 tbsp sesame paste

1/2 tsp sugar

1-2 tsp chilli oil

2 tsp crushed peanuts and sesame seeds

Sichuan peppercorn powder

1. Have a ca-noodle

Start off by mixing your noodle ingredients in a bowl, mix the 300g flour and a pinch of salt, then pour in 140ml water, make sure Peter Andre doesn't make his way under the waterfall coming from your measuring jug, he likes to try.

The dough will be firmer than Captain America's tuchus, so you'll need to get your mitts in there and give it a good knead until it's smooth - around 5 minutes.

Cover in a bowl with a tea towel or cling film. Come back and knead every 15 minutes for an hour, so 4 times for all you non-maths wizards. This will make the noodles extra chewy and slippery.

2. Rectangle yourself in a web of noodles

After your final knead it's time to shape those noodles. Roll your dough into a rectangle around 4mm-6mm thick. These noodles are fat and dense so don't be afraid to keep the dough thicc. Once rolled, slice into strands about 8mm wide .

Pretend your part of the noodle inquisition and you're in charge of the rack, stretch each noodle, pulling both ends gently until pleasantly elongated. Truly the leggy model of noodles.

Flour your cartoonish hair like noodles, and cover with cling film.

Set a lot of water to boil.

3. Healthy bois unhealthy secret

While your water is coming to the boil make your sauce. In a bowl mix 2tbsp sweet soy sauce, 2 finely diced cloves of garlic, 1tbsp sesame paste, 1-2tsp chilli oil depending on your tolerance to spice and 1/2tbsp sugar if you want 'am sweet. Mixy mix and set to the side.

Now your water is boiling add the chonky noodles in batches until all cooked. Divide between two bowls, top with your sweet water sauce, some crushed peanuts and a little Chinese 5 spice.

Dink and sink!

Food for Thought

Lizzy says: "I found this recipe on one of my regular noodle searches and immediately wanted to make them. They were so easy to make, especially considering there were hand made noodles involved - which were so fun to make, dough is like play dough for adults. However, the sauce for these was slightly too sweet, so I think I would leave out the sugar next time. I also think it needed some veg or tofu to bulk it up. A solid 7/10"

Kate says: "Shopping for sweet soy sauce was probably the most exciting thing that happened this week. Especially searching for healthy boy, he is now the secondary mascot to the "gaspscot" - our logo. Anyway, buying the sweet soy sauce was certainly worth it because I really enjoyed these. The noodles are wonderful and the dough is super soft and smooth, but I must admit the sauce is a little strange. Good strange though! It is sweet(duh...) but paired with the savoury elements perfect harmony comes through. Is this why healthy boy is sat like Buddah? Has he found enlightenment?? I found myself craving this dish again a few days later and that normally indicates that it's a pretty good dish. 9/10 for me, definitely needs some vegetables on the side though to break up that sweet noodly goodness"

8/10 Gasps


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