Well, the title says it all. I was looking for a simple recipe for rice noodles that I could make at home, that were chewy and delicate. I am not on any type of gluten free program, but I know many who are, so I wanted to make a recipe that everyone could enjoy.
I used white rice flour, because that is what I like. I cannot tell you if brown rice flour would work, but it is worth a try. If it doesn't, well, there you go. ;) I would imagine this would work with a few other GF types of flours, it is really just a case of exploring.
For this recipe though, it is white rice flour.
** Just a side note here. These are fresh rice noodles, and they will be delicate. They also will start to break up in soups if you leave them for a long time. So add them last and be delicate **
1 cup rice flour (for chewier texture, use sweet rice flour)
1 cup tapioca starch
1 cup boiling water
1/2 tsp. salt
That is all!!!
In a large bowl, combine the rice flour, tapioca starch and salt. Mix well with your hands or a whisk.
Add the boiling water, and start to mix with a spoon.
Now get in there with your hands. Start to knead it. It will be a little warm, and a little sticky, but keep going. You want to knead for about 5-7 minutes, until it is very smooth and all the flour is incorporated. Then form into a ball.
Place in the middle of the bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
Let sit for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, dust your working area with rice flour and start to knead again. You want to knead for about 10 minutes. It will still be a bit sticky, but keep going. Knead away!! Then, lift up the ball and dust liberally the work surface. With a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a rectangle. You want it to be fairly thin (about the thickness of a good fettuccine noodle)
Now, with a pizza cutter or a good knife, slice the dough into noodles. Don't worry about perfection, they are homemade!
Let them rest for a few minutes. While they are resting, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a little salt to the water if you want.
When the water starts to boil, add the noodles. Treat them with kindness, they can break easy. Boil for about 5-7 minutes, or until they are all floating.
Remove to a colander and rinse well with cold water. I like to put into a bowl with icy cold water.
Drain well and use right away.
If you are using in soup, add last, right before serving. If you are doing a stir fry or adding sauce, be gentle and most of all, ENJOY!!!