Hand Pulled Noodles Recipe

If you are in the mood for homemade noodles, then look no further because we have the perfect recipe for you. These hand-pulled noodles are surprisingly easy to prepare, and you will only need to pick up a few ingredients at the store, making them super affordable. It's also worth mentioning that you just need to use your hands — no machinery or tools are required here! 

This dish is super versatile, and you could make it with a variety of different sauces, depending on what you're in the mood for. Whether you like Italian, Asian, or any other style of noodles — this recipe has you covered. Recipe developer Miriam Hahn is the brain behind this fantastic recipe that is sure to be a new favorite. "I love being able to make noodles at home that are super fresh without a pasta machine," she raves. "They are so soft and delicious and are totally different from boxed noodles. And these are ingredients that everyone has in the house!"

Gather the ingredients for these hand pulled noodles

Are you ready to get this cooking party started? If so, you need to start by making a list of items to purchase from the grocery store. As a reminder, check your pantry and cupboards ahead of time since the ingredients are standard staples. 

For starters, this recipe calls for a dash of salt and some water. Next, swing by the baking aisle and pick up some all-purpose flour. In addition, you will need a little bit of avocado oil. Luckily, this recipe is really easy, and that's all you will need to make it! 

Mix the salt and water in a bowl

Take out a small bowl and mix the salt and water, then set it to the side for a moment. Then, grab a larger bowl and add the flour. Slowly add the water and salt mixture into the flour, ¼ cup at a time. Stir as you go to incorporate the ingredients together.

Once you have added all the water, knead the dough for about 2 minutes. "Kneading the dough is pretty easy," Hahn shares. "I use the heel of my hand to dig deep into the dough, then fold it back towards me. I do set a timer to make sure I am kneading long enough. The knead time for this recipe is not very long, so it goes quick!"

Let the dough sit

Now, place the ball of dough into a glass bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Let the dough sit out on the counter for 20 minutes. "You let the dough rest so that the starches fully absorb the water and expand. It helps with the elasticity of the dough, which you really need for these noodles," Hahn says. After letting the dough sit, knead it again for 2 minutes. Then, divide the dough in ½ and roll each into an oval that's about ¼-inch thick and 10 inches long.

Brush with oil and let sit

Now, brush the ovals generously with oil and then cover them with a damp dishcloth. Let them sit for about 2 hours while you tend to any other business that you may have to do. 

Once the 2 hours are up, position the ovals horizontally in front of you and cut them into 1 ½-inch thick strips. Pick up one of the strips, holding one end in each hand, and stretch it to arm's length. Gently bounce it on the work surface a couple of times in between. Repeat the steps with all of the remaining strips.

Boil the noodles and serve

Place a pot of water on the stovetop and bring it to a boil. Then, drop half of the noodles into the boiling water and cook them for about 2 minutes. Drain the noodles and set them aside while you cook the second batch, simply repeating the previous steps. 

The great part about these noodles is that they cook really fast, requiring little to no time. Hahn also shares a helpful hint to check the doneness of the pasta. "The noodles are done when they are spongy and soft," she shares. She adds, "They cook really quick. I do them in batches to avoid sticking."

Serve these hand pulled noodles and enjoy

The best part about this noodle dish is getting to enjoy it! Simply add a sauce of your choice and serve it up! "It is best to serve them right when you make them. They are super versatile. In these photos, I used chili oil, soy sauce, and scallions, which makes a great side dish. You could add tofu and shelled edamame to make this a main dish," Hahn shares. She notes, "You can also use an Alfredo or red sauce and go the Italian route. Or a really simple version using butter and salt." 

Any extras also keep well! "For leftovers, you can just warm up the noodles in the microwave or on the stovetop, adding a little more sauce as needed," Hahn explains, noting that "They are fine in a covered container for up to a week." 

Hand Pulled Noodles Recipe
5 from 32 ratings
These versatile hand-pulled noodles can be whipped up with basic pantry ingredients. Enjoy this impressive dish with your favorite sauce.
Prep Time
Cook Time
noodles in bowl
Total time: 19 minutes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  1. Mix the salt and water in a small bowl.
  2. Add the flour to a large bowl, then pour in the water and salt mixture ¼ cup at a time, stirring to incorporate.
  3. Once all the water has been added, knead the dough for 2 minutes.
  4. Place the ball of dough in a glass bowl and cover it with saran wrap.
  5. Let the dough sit for 20 minutes, then knead again for 2 minutes.
  6. Divide the dough in ½ and roll each ½ into an oval that is ¼-inch thick and about 10 inches long.
  7. Brush the ovals generously with the oil and cover them with a damp dishcloth, leaving them to sit for 2 hours.
  8. Position the ovals horizontally in front of you and cut them into 1 ½-inch thick strips.
  9. Pick up one of the strips holding an end in each hand and stretch it to arm's length, gently bouncing it on the work surface a couple of times in between. Repeat with all the strips.
  10. Set a pot of water to boil, then drop ½ of the noodles into the boiling water and cook for 2 minutes.
  11. Drain and set them aside while you cook the second batch.
  12. Add your sauce of choice.
Calories per Serving 487
Total Fat 10.4 g
Saturated Fat 1.3 g
Trans Fat 0.0
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 84.8 g
Dietary Fiber 3.0 g
Total Sugars 0.3 g
Sodium 393.0 mg
Protein 11.5 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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