Biang Biang Main (China)

Biang Biang Main, also known as Biang Biang Noodles, is a popular dish in the Shaanxi province of China.

Thank you, Elaine Zluo, for your video recipe!


Noodle Dough

  • 300 g all-purpose flour
  • 2 g salt
  • 130 – 140 mL water

Cooking Noodles

  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp light soy suace
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 green onions, m,inced
  • green vegetable for blanching (the recipe uses bok choy)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • oil for brushing


Make the Noodle Dough

  1. In a large bowl, mix salt with flour. Stir in water by batches. Add 130 mL at first and see whether the dough is too tough to knead. Less water indicates a chewier taste. Grasp everything by hand and continue kneading the dough until smooth. Use force or resort to a mixer. Cover with plastic wrapper and rest for 20 minutes.
  2. Knead the dough again for several minutes until the surface is really smooth. Cover with plastic wrap again and rest for another 15-20 minutes.
  3. Prepare a plate and brush some vegetable oil on surface. Cut the noodle dough into halves and each half into 6 portions (as equal as possible and cover the other half with plastic wrapper to avoid drying out ). Shape each one into a long log and brush oil around. Cover with plastic wrapper and let the noodle strip log rest for 1 hour.
  4. Take one portion out, flat it and roll out to a rectangle. Press the center with a chopstick to help separate the noodles later.
  5. Hold the two ends of the noodle strip and smash it against the operating board. You can slightly stretch it during the smashing process. Take your time so you don’t risk breaking the noodles.
  6. Separate the noodles along with the chop sticker trace.

Make the Dish

  1. Boil water and add noodles. If you notice the noodles shrink, you can stretch each strip out slightly. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Add cold water once it boils and add green vegetables to blanch. The whole cooking process lasts for around 4 minutes. Transfer out to serving bowl.
  3. Place garlic, green onion, and chili peppers on top of noodles.
  4. In the meantime, heat 2 tbsp of cooking oil in a small pot until slightly smoky. Pour the hot oil over the noddles. Add soy sauce and vinegar and mix well.

Recipe Notes

To keep it simple, if you want to skip hand-making the noodles, you can buy pre-made Shanxichemian (陕西扯面) noodles and start at the ‘Make the Dish’ stage. Either way, this dish will be delicious!


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