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SPECIAL INGREDIENT SOUP INSPIRED BY KUNG FU PANDA

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1 h 40 min

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16,373,342 views  The secret ingredient is...nothing! Despite that revelation, this so-called secret-soup is one of the most hotly requested dishes in the Babish Culinary Universe. Can we develop deep flavors, hand-pull noodles, and serve up a dish that lives up to Mr. Ping's noodly legacy? Yes, no, and yes.

4 servings

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INGREDIENTS

For the broth:

Pork bones

Pieces of short rib

1 pig’s tail

2 whole Aromatics of choice

4 dried Chinese scallops

1 Daikon radish

Chinese chives/scallions

For the hand pulled noodles:

500 g bread flour

306 g water

4 store bought potassium carbonate sodium bicarbonate mix

5 g Salt

For the homemade chili oil:

Szechuan peppercorns

Star anise pods

Cassia bark

Knob of peeled ginger

3 cloves lightly crushed of garlic

Canola oil (or any neutral flavored oil)

Sichuan chili

DIRECTIONS

1.

For the Broth

1.

Put pork bone, short rib, and pig’s tail into a tall, narrow stock pot, then cover with cold water. Put pot on the stove and bring it to a simmer to pull impurities out of the meat. Skim the gray foamy layer of impurities off the top of the water, drain the water out, and scrub the bones and meat clean.

Pork bones

Pieces of short rib

1 pig’s tail

water

2.

Place clean bones and meat into the empty clean stockpot, adding your choice of aromatics. I used a little handful of licorice root, a healthy-sized chunk of cassia bark (aka Chinese cinnamon or just cinnamon), a few pieces of dried tangerine peel, a handful of dried longan fruit, a handful of dried star anise pods, a whole onion quartered, a handful of fresh ginger freshly peeled, and two carrots. I also threw in 4 dried Chinese scallops, which are expensive but are a huge umami booster.

2 whole Aromatics of choice

3.

Cover with cold water and put it on the stove, bringing the pot to a bare simmer. At the beginning of the boil, skim off any scum.

4.

Keep it on the stove slow and low for 4-12 hours, just barely bubbling so the broth stays clear. Once flavors and colors are nice and deep, strain cool in an ice bath and refrigerate overnight.

5.

For the Hand Pulled Noodles

1.

Combine the four elements of hand-pulled noodles: bread flour, water, salt, and a mix of potassium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate (Note: there are countless ratios that can vary based on a number of factors such as altitude. This is the one that worked best for the video). Mix ingredients until just combined in a stand mixer. Knead for 40 minutes, ideally until dough resembles chewed gum but no need to keep going past 40 minutes if it hasn’t quite reached that consistency. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 15-20 minutes.

500 g bread flour

306 g water

5 g Salt

4 g store bought potassium carbonate sodium bicarbonate mix

2.

Gently tug the dough until it’s elongated, fold it over on top of itself, and repeat. This process can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours until the dough resembles chewing gum texture. Pounding the dough against the table as you stretch also helps. Keep the dough hydrated by patting it down and brushing with water every 4-6 tugs. It should be between a very hydrated bread dough and pasta dough. Alternatively, laminate and flatten the dough until it becomes supple enough to pass through a pasta roller and spaghetti cutter.

3.

Cut the dough in half to make it easier to work with, keeping the other half covered with plastic. Stretch and give the dough a few slaps on the tabletop to prevent tearing. Give it an even roll, then evenly dust with flour to prevent sticking. It should look like a rope. Fold, stretch, and repeat until noodles form. Alternatively, stretch out each noodle one at a time, resulting in flatter and less uniform noodles. I recommend just putting the dough through a pasta roller and spaghetti cutter if you are ever going to try to make these noodles at home.

4.

For the Homemade Chili Oil

1.

In a small saucepan, throw a handful of Szechuan peppercorns, star anise pods, cassia bark, a knob of peeled ginger, and lightly crushed cloves of garlic.

Szechuan peppercorns

Star anise pods

Cassia bark

Knob of peeled ginger

3 cloves lightly crushed of garlic

2.

Pour canola oil over the top and gently swirl over medium heat until the oil reaches about 325°F.

2 ½ cup Canola oil (or any neutral flavored oil)

3.

Strain and pour over about a cup of Sichuan chili flakes into a heat-proof bowl. Give a little mix and set aside for about 30 minutes to cool.

Sichuan chili

4.

For the Noodle Soup Assembly

1.

In a pot of water, cook noodles quickly and gently for no more than 90 seconds.

water

For the hand pulled noodles:

2.

Add peeled and sliced Daikon radish to the broth as it is being heated up. Let simmer for about 20 minutes until soft. Check the broth for taste and add seasoning as necessary.

1 Daikon radish

For the broth:

3.

Scoop out the noodles with a sieve, dump into an empty bowl, and ladle broth over the top. Make sure there’s a radish slice and add a handful of Chinese chives or scallions with a dollop of chili oil on top. Enjoy!

For the hand pulled noodles:

1 Daikon radish

Chinese chives/scallions

For the broth:

For the homemade chili oil:

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