Do Not Try This At Home

In my last post I mentioned Chinese noodles. Have you ever seen hand-pulled noodles being made? Amazing. I am convinced that Chinese ancestry is required to do this.

Here’s something else that’s almost in the same category. I do not believe that it is possible to make good corn tortillas by hand without 10,000 years of Indian ancestry:

If I think up any other examples like this I’ll add them to this post.

12 comments… add one
  • I like this one. A cook makes spaetzle with a board:

  • Fun! I’ve never made spätzle quite that way. I usually make mine the way Hungarians do: with my spätzle grater.

  • Andy Link

    I’ve learned so much about food from Alton Brown it’s not even funny.

  • I improvised with a perforated grill pan and a board scraper. It turned out a little short, but fine. Nothing like hers, I’m sure.

    Yep, Mr. Brown is a great teacher.

  • Drew Link

    My wife just went to grab some Thai food. There are two in the immediate vicinity. I once asked the owner of one about the other, to which he scoffed “they don’t have a REAL Thai chef”

    I wonder if there are certain techniques you folks are citing that pertain to Thai food.

  • Maxwell James Link

    I remember watching a Chinese friend of mine do that long ago. So freakin’ amazing.

  • michael reynolds Link

    It’s the simple stuff that will break your will: noodles, tortillas, pie crust. There’s nothing to it. Nothing! And yet it’s impossible.

  • Crusty dinner rolls kicked my butt a couple of years ago, Michael. The recipe was from King Arthur’s Flour, and I couldn’t make it work for love nor money.

  • Pie crusts are a work in progress. I’m confident that my recipe is a winning formula. The handling is very sensitive. I think that letting the dough rest long enough is the key factor now.

    Janis, I use The Joy of Cooking for all of my dinner roll recipes. I prefer the 1946 edition. Although it doesn’t have the contemporary ingredients and ethnic dishes, it has many, many more cookie and pastry recipes than its successors do.

    For pies I rely on Aunt Chick.

  • My JOC is more recent, but it does have a hard roll recipe, I see.

    Do you mix your pie crust in the food processor? Some cooks say that’s better because it avoids the warmth from hands.

  • Do you mix your pie crust in the food processor?

    Never. It’s too rough. I have cold hands, anyway 😉

    There was a time when I went around buying up old copies of the Joy 1946 edition. Some I gave away. I lost one during our home remodel. I still have one. I also have my mom’s tattered, old, falling apart copy of that edition.

  • Of course, a warm-hearted fella like you.

Leave a Comment