Here’s a popular home-cooked traditional Taiwanese cuisine. Because of Taiwan’s history and the traditional farmers being short of rice to eat as the ruling white terror KMT commandeered it all they were lucky to enjoy quite a lot of free bags of wheat (bread) flour as some kind of relief. Not really being a bread eating nation the locals sought to make soup noodles with it and this is the result – “ugly noodles”. As you can see from the recipe they are simple of make but form an important part of home cooked Taiwanese people’s food since post-war times.

ugly noodles ready to eat with pork slices

ugly noodles ready to eat with cooked pork slices

Vegetarians can simply skip the bacon/pork ingredients to this dish – it will still be delicious!

ugly noodle ingredients

ugly noodle ingredients

The ingredients;

  • ugly noodles:
    1 bowl flour,
    half bowl water
  • soup:
    carrot,
    bacon pieces,
    Chinese cabbage,
    spring onion,
    chilli,
    dried shrimp,
    Chinese chives
  • to serve:
    with cooked pork slices on top

Joanne has recorded a video showing you how to make these ugly noodles (or ugly dumplings) Please take a look below, it’s pretty easy.

Taiwanese Gnocchi 麵疙瘩 ugly noodles (mien ge-da) cooking video

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