Episode 25: Japanese Ramen Noodles


  • 18 g rye flour (Note: g = grams. 2nd Note: Sorry, Dan went metric for this recipe)
  • 73 g cake flour
  • 150 g bread flour
  • corn starch
  • 2 g kansui powder (may substitute baking powder baked in an oven at 250-300 for an hour)
  • 3 g sea salt
  • 135 g water

Special equipment

  • Digital scale
  • Stand mixer
  • Wax paper
  • Pasta machine


  • Toast rye flour in a pan over low heat on a stove for 4 minutes until brown and smelling toasty
  • Set aside
  • Mix water, sea, salt, and kansui powder (or baked baking powder) together until completely dissolved
  • Pour cake flour and bread flour into a stand mixer with the paddle attachment
  • Add the rye flour to stand mixer
  • Briefly mix until all three flours are evenly mixed
  • Turn the stand mixer on to medium-low speed
  • Slowly pour water mixture into the mixer
  • Let the mixer run for 10 minutes
  • Turn off the mixer and make the dough into a ball
  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let the dough rest for half an hour
  • Pour some cornstarch onto a sheet of wax paper
  • Take out the dough and put it on the wax paper
  • Cut the dough into 2 inch pieces
  • Take a dough piece and flatten it out
  • Run the dough piece through the pasta machine on setting #1
  • Put some cornstarch on the dough and fold in half
  • Run the dough again through the pasta machine on setting #2
  • Put some cornstarch on the dough and run it through the pasta machine on setting #3 without folding
  • Run the dough through the pasta machine one last time on setting #4
  • Repeat the entire process with the remaining dough pieces
  • Put the spaghetti attachment onto the pasta machine
  • Run the dough through the pasta machine
  • Add some water and a little salt to a pot and bring to a boil
  • Add the ramen and lower the heat
  • Cook the ramen in the pot for about 1 minute
  • Turn off the heat then drain the water
  • Serve the noodles in a broth by pouring in the broth immediately
  • Alternatively, serve dry by adding a little soy sauce and sugar mixture to the noodles