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Why Making Noodle Dough Feels so Therapeutic?

Noodles cutting and falling on the counter

There are few activities as inherently soothing and satisfying as making noodle dough from scratch. From the gentle mixing of flour and water to the rhythmic “kneading” of ramen dough that follows, each step in the process offers a unique opportunity for mindfulness and relaxation.

At first glance, making noodle dough might seem like a daunting task, reserved for seasoned chefs or kitchen aficionados. However, the truth is that anyone can experience the therapeutic benefits of this simple yet profound practice.

The beauty of making ramen noodle dough lies in its simplicity. With just a few basic ingredients—flour, water, lye water and a pinch of salt—you can embark on a culinary journey that engages all the senses and nourishes the soul.

The process begins with the gentle mingling of flour and water, as you gradually coax the ingredients into a cohesive mass. There's a sense of anticipation in the air as you watch the transformation unfold, from loose grains to a smooth, elastic dough. With each turn of the spoon or swirl of your hand, you become fully immersed in the moment, attuned to the subtle nuances of texture and consistency.

As the dough begins to take shape, it's time to embark on the next phase of the journey: kneading. This is where the true magic happens, as you channel your energy into the dough, working it/folding it until it reaches the perfect balance of elasticity and suppleness. With each press and fold, you release tension and stress, allowing yourself to be carried away by the gentle rhythm of the kneading process.

There's something deeply satisfying about the physicality of working with the dough, the way it demands your full attention and engages your entire body at times. As you work the dough, you may find yourself entering a state of flow, where time seems to stand still and the outside world fades into the background with an intense focus on the ramen noodle noodle. In this moment of focused concentration, you're free to let go of worries and distractions, allowing yourself to be fully present in the act of creation.

Moreover, making ramen noodle dough is a deeply tactile experience, engaging the sense of touch in a way that few other activities can match. The feel of the dough beneath your fingers, the subtle resistance as you press and stretch—it's a sensory symphony that speaks directly to the soul, inviting you to connect with the physical world in a profound and meaningful way.

A woman is cutting ramen noodles with a pasta roller machine at The Story of Ramen in San Francisco

And let's not forget the end result: the most therapeutic time of the process: watching the noodle sheet slowly turn into long strands of noodle victory! Your delicious, homemade noodles bear the imprint of your time and effort. Whether you choose to cut them into delicate strands or roll them into rustic shapes, each noodle is a testament to your creativity and skill. There's a sense of pride that comes from creating something with your own two hands, a feeling of accomplishment that lingers long after the last bowl has been enjoyed.

In a world filled with noise and distraction, making ramen noodle dough offers a rare opportunity for peace and tranquility. So the next time you find yourself in need of a moment of respite, why not roll up your sleeves and embark on a culinary adventure with ramen noodle making? Embrace the therapeutic magic of noodle dough, and let its gentle rhythm carry you away on a journey of self-discovery and creativity.

Here are our two ramen noodles recipe that you can follow along:

Interested in making noodles with your love ones to celebrate special occasions? Book our Ramen Making Party in San Francisco here.


Jeff Parsons

Jeff Parsons is the Co-founder at The Story of Ramen.

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