It is made by mixing raw materials, resting the crumbly dough, sheeting the dough into two dough sheets, compounding the two sheets into one, gradually sheeting the dough into desired thickness and slitting into noodle strands.
Mixing is carried out in mixer for 10-15 min. Mixing results in crumbly dough with uniform and small particle size.
The gluten development in noodle dough during mixing is minimized.
After mixing the dough pieces are rested for 15-30 min.
It allows for reduction in sheeting operation.
It mellows the protein and makes it more extensible.
Resting produces noodles with a firmer eating quality.
Sheeting and Compounding:
The rested crumbly dough processes are divided into two positions. Each one passes through a pair of sheet rolls to form noodle dough sheet.
The two sheets are then combined (compounded) and passed through a second set of sheet rolls to form a single roll.
The roll gap is adjusted so that there is a reduction between 20-40 percent.
Sheeting, slitting and waving:
Further dough sheeting is done on a series of 4-6 pairs of rolls with decreasing roll gaps.
Noodle slitting is done with a slitter.
Noodle can be square or round in shape by using different slitters.
Noodle strands are cut into desirable length by cutters.
At this stage the making of raw noodles is complete.
For making instant noodle, noodle strands are waved before steaming and cutting.