Braised Shaanxi Pasta (Mashi)

Braised Shaanxi Pasta Chinese name: 烩麻食 (huì má shí)
Style: Shaanxi Cuisine
Characteristics: It is characterized by rich ingredients and its colorful appearance. The pasta is soft yet firm while the sauce has a deep and fresh flavor.

Braised Shaanxi Pasta, a traditional food in Shaanxi people's reservations, is a combination of a variety of vegetables. The pasta (called Mashi or Mao Er Duo in Chinese) for this dish is in the form of hollow date-stone-shaped flour rolls, formed with the thumb or made with a special machine. As this recipe presents, usually all of the ingredients are stir-fried first and then braised with Mashi, so the soup has a satisfying flavor.

Making Shaanxi Pasta

Make Shaanxi Pasta

A. Take 2 bowls of flour and pour into a small basin. Make a hole in the middle and gradually add small quantities of water until it forms into small pieces. Sprinkle some more water on the flour pieces and stir by hand to form a paste on a board and smooth it out. Put it into the basin to be fermented for 20-30 minutes.
B. Take out of the flour paste and place on the board. Sprinkle some corn starch on it. Rub it into a big, round pancake by hand. Roll it flat and thin with a rolling pin until it is about 0.5cm thick. Then cut it into 0.5cm wide strips which are then rubbed into columns.
C. Cut the columns into even dices, but do not cut too many at one time in case of sticking together. Sprinkle some corn starch on the board (It will be easier to make Mashi on the bottom of a basket with patterns on or on other kitchen tools with rough surface. Furthermore, the Mashi made on them will have patterns on). Press your thumb on the dice and rub it until it rolls up like a cat’s ear. Repeat to make more.


pasta (mashi), 350-400g
green vegetables, 200g 
carrot, 150g
chili pepper, 100g
tofu, 150g 
mushrooms, 150-200g 
black fugus, 20g 
potato, 150g
1 tomato
green onion
soy sauce
powdered pepper
1. The amount of the ingredients above serves two to three people. 
2. The amount of the ingredients especially the seasonings listed above can be appropriately used according to one's personal taste.
Ingredients of Braised Shaanxi Pasta


A. Wash the mushrooms, tomato, potato, carrot, tofu, chili pepper, dice them, and put into separate plates;
B. Wash the green vegetables, tear them into halves;
C. Wash the black fungus, and cut them into small slices;
D. Wash the green onion, and cut into short sections.
Preparation for Braised Shaanxi Pasta




Half fill a wok with water, turn on the heat and pour in the pasta when the water is boiling. Stir and boil for about 3 minutes until 50% cooked, and then turn off the heat. Remove and drain off the water through a colander. Put them in a basin or a bowl.

Boil the Pasta

Empty the wok and dry it. Place it over high heat until hot. Add some cooking oil, and add the green onion sections, chili pepper, carrot, potato and tomato dices one by one when the oil is sizzling. Stir-fry for 1 minute.

Stir-fry the Vegetables

Add the salt, powdered pepper, and soy sauce, and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add the tofu dices, black fungus slices, and mushroom dices, and stir-fry for 1 minute more.

Season the Vegetables

Add in some water until all of the materials are immersed. Stir it well, and add in the boiled Mashi when it boils. Turn to medium heat, cover and stew it for 3-6 minutes more. Remove the cover, and add the green vegetable halves. Stir it well and turn off the heat.

Braise Pasta and Vegetables

Spoon it out of the wok and serve in a bowl. What a helpful recipe! A bowl of tasty Braised Shaanxi Pasta is now ready.

Braised Shaanxi Pasta Completed
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Questions & Answers on Braised Shaanxi Pasta (Mashi)
Asked by Caroline Chee from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 12, 2012 00:34Reply
what type of flour do you used to make shaanxi pasta?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nina | Jun. 12, 2012 21:46

Actually, all kinds of Shaanxi pasta are made of wheat flour as wheat is one of the main farm products in Shaanxi.
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