Stand Mixers

UPDATE February 8, 2009 – I’ve put together a Hand Pulled Noodle webpage with all this info in one place.

I finally did it.  I bought a Kitchen Aid Pro 600 stand mixer.  I got it for a sweet $320 from Bed Bath and Beyond (I finally found a use for the 20% off coupon they keep sending me).  

I recently gave a noodle pulling demo at a nearby culinary school, The Professional Culinary Institute in Campbell, CA.  The folks there had used my dough recipe to get something pullable, but they wanted to see the pulling live.  So I headed over on wednesday.
Now up to this point, I had been mixing my noodle dough by hand.  I’m an old-fashioned guy, and doing it by hand has always suited me.  But as anyone who has actually made the dough knows, it takes a lot of work to get it pullable.
So I showed up at the school, and they had already mixed the dough up using their mixer.  I expected dough on the order of what I have at home.  Instead I was surprised with the most stretchy noodle dough I’ve ever played with.  Totally amazing.  With this kind of thing, I can actually see myself pulling a giant wad of noodles instead of the current single/double serving of noodles you can make with my 300g recipe.
So I bought a mixer yesterday, made some dough, and here’s what you need to know:
1.  I quadrupled my noodle dough recipe.  This made a lot of dough, but I’m not sure what you’d end up with running the 300g recipe in a 6 quart bowl.  It just seem like too little.
2.  I put all the dry ingredients in the bowl, turned the mixer on low, and slowly added the liquid ingredients.
3.  While it was running, I added a little extra water.
4.  I ran the mixer on about speed 4 for 10 minutes.  Felt the dough, and then ran it for another 3 or 4 minutes.  After that it was pullable.
5.  I had to use some extra flour at the end to get the dough to a consistency that didn’t stick to my fingers.
The resultant dough was so nice that I was able to show my girlfriend how to make noodles, and she actually made some even ones.  To be fair, she sees me pulling a lot, but it only took her and hour and a half of getting her hands in the dough to end up with something edible.  Pretty good if you ask me.
Anyways, what I’m saying here is if you have a stand mixer, making hand pulled noodles will be a lot easier for you.  If you don’t have a stand mixer, think about it, but try to do it by hand first if you’re going to buy one.  That way you’ll really appreciate the time and work the darned thing saves you.


    1. ychan97 February 8, 2009 5:34 pm 

      It’s nice to have a mixer. I wish I get one like that.

      For those who doesn’t have a mixer, I will let you know a bread machine works fine too, especially for smaller dough.

    2. wheatgeneration February 10, 2009 5:26 pm 

      Hah! I just went out and bought a stand mixer last weekend. The Kitchenaid 5 quart heavier duty (bowl lift) model.

      About to try your recipe tripled.

    3. wheatgeneration February 10, 2009 9:12 pm 

      After ~20 minutes with the dough hook I found the dough wasn’t quite in that stretchable state.

      So I pulled out the pasta roller attachment I bought with the mixer and ran it through that several times. That tipped it over the line and it became pullable.

      Now if I could just figure out how to pull the noodles evenly I might actually be able to eat something. I am quite sure I have achieved the right state – if I swing the dough at all it stretches all the way to the floor without breaking. Just can’t seem to get the evenness needed to pull it all the way to noodles.

    4. Culinary Secrets with Chef Tomm May 31, 2009 3:31 pm 

      300g cake flour
      50g regular flour
      200g water
      15g sesame oil
      6g salt
      3g baking soda

      Hello Luke, I have done alot of work and found this recipe to be the best to use when working with a kitchen Aid, You have to mix it for 12 minutes at speed 4, Have fun, Tomm

    5. Luke Rymarz June 2, 2009 4:17 pm 

      Thanks Tomm!

      P.S. to everyone: Tomm is the chef I demoed noodle pulling to, and he’s got a website with lots of cooking information, including some recently posted Hand-Pulled noodle recipes AND more videos on how to pull noodles.

    6. Alana June 4, 2009 8:51 pm 

      Luke, just wondering if you used the paddle attachment as Chef Tomm does in his video? It would seem that from watching Chinese noodle pullers doing it by hand, the goal is to break down the gluten. I know the dough hook tends to not mix very well on most mixers, so it would take longer and might not work as well as the paddle.

    7. Luke Rymarz June 14, 2009 9:15 pm 

      Hi Alana,

      I use the paddle just like Chef Tomm. I've never tried the hook, since Tomm was the first to use a mixer, and I took his advice on using the paddle. The goal is to beat the dough up as much as possible, so I think the paddle is definitely the way to go. I can vouch for the 12 minutes he recommends, too. It gets the dough nice and stretchy.

    8. MommaBlogger November 24, 2009 12:25 pm 

      This looks like fun. Can the noodles be dried and cooked later using this recipe and method?

    9. atotalnovice September 17, 2011 3:55 pm 

      is it possible to over need the dough? i used mixer with dough attachment and then hand kneaded forever (like 40 min) then back into mixer and still no luck, it kept breaking. followed your original recipe. did i over do it, or do you think it wasn’t ready?

    10. Kelly January 10, 2013 7:33 pm 

      So if you need it with the mixer, it should just be ready for pulling and I don’t need to do the twist/bounce technique that the Chinese do?? What if I want to do that a few times after using the mixer, will it matter?

    11. lrymarz January 11, 2013 12:00 pm 

      Kneading it a bit more won’t hurt it, but in my experience it doesn’t really need any more when it comes out of the mixer. Obviously it’ll depend on how long you leave it in the mixer, though.

      I usually end up kneading it by hand just a bit to get a feel for the consistency. It helps to know what you’re working with before you start pulling.

    12. Adam February 2, 2013 10:44 am 

      so what if I have an egg beater?
      you know that thing people would use to mix pancake “dough” for.

      I don’t really have the funds to get a 300$ stand mixer and the only “mixer” I have would be the egg beater/mixer.

      sounds slightly plausible…

    13. lrymarz February 3, 2013 11:30 am 

      I’ve never seen anyone mix dough with an egg beater, but that doesn’t mean is isn’t possible. If any dough could be mixed with an egg beater, it would be this dough, which has a lot of water in it. The only thing I’d worry about is burning out the motor, but electric motors are pretty tough.

      I say give it a shot!

    14. Neil Schieber February 28, 2015 6:45 pm 

      Does elevation have any effect on the consistency/pullability of this type of dough? I’m at 7000ft.

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