Hand made fresh pasta in Bologna 博洛尼亞手工做意大利麵

livinguktaiwan
LivingUKTaiwan @livinguktaiwanFebruary 2018 · 3 min read

I love freshly made pasta, they taste so much better than the dried ones. So when I saw pasta being made in this shop in Bologna and had to stop and watch.
我很喜歡吃新鮮意粉,覺得它比一般商店買的乾意粉好吃得多。最近在博洛尼亞看到一家店在示範現場做,馬上停下來看。

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When I arrived, there were already a small group of spectators by the shop window. The girl, in fact I'm going to call her PM for pasta maker as I think she deserves a name, had just finished adding her first tray of eggs into the flour, and was starting on the second tray. That's 50 eggs in total!
示範的女生,就叫她做 PM (pasta maker)吧,因為我覺得她很勵害,應該有個名字。我到達店時,她剛加完第一盤雞蛋到麵粉裡,正開始加第二盤。這一共有 50隻!

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Here's the pool of eggs in the flour bath. I loved how the dark yellow yolks were floating inside.
你看,一大盤金黃色的蛋黃在麵粉浴缸裡游泳,多有趣!

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Slowly, PM gathered the flour from the inside of the bath, stirring gently with her hands.
PM慢慢把麵粉撥到雞蛋裡,然後小心翼翼用手去攪拌。

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Then she would flick the flour from the outside into the bath, covering the entire surface with a thin layer of flour. If I didn't tell you, you wouldn't know what's underneath.
之後她把麵粉浴缸外面的麵粉撥到裡面,蓋到蛋上。

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The mixing is getting a bit more vigorous as the egg and flour start to mix together. PM starts to use a fork.
這時候,攪拌動作需要大力一點,還要借用叉子的力量。

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Finally, the dough is starting to come together, PM can break the flour wall and the egg doesn't leak out.
終於麵粉糰開始成形,麵粉浴缸破了雞蛋也不會流出來。

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Now is when the hard work starts. PM is quite petite, probably about the same size as me, but her strength is quite incredible. Despite that, I can tell its still very hard work to knead such a big dough. I later found out it weighs 18kg!!!
這時,辛勞的工作才開始。PM個子比較矮小,但我看她氣力也不小。雖然是這樣,我仍然看的出搓這糰 18公斤的麵糰是很吃力噢!!!

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Then she cuts it into two pieces so it's easier for her to knead it properly. Here's one half, you can see the centre needs a bit more work.
下一步,PM把麵糰切割成兩份,這樣比較容易去搓。你看麵糰中間還要花點功夫。

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After a while, it seems the dough is ready, and she starts to cut it into smaller ball.
然後再把麵糰切成更小。

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Each one is weighed, and it's about 1.5kg. She ends up with 12 balls that's how I know the entire dough weighs 18kg.
每一小麵糰大概有1.5公斤,一共有 12糰。

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And lastly, each little dough needs to be knead again before it is finally wrapped in cling film and rested. In this last stage, I even get a smile from PM for one of my photos.
最後,小麵糰會用保鮮膜包起待用。

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The final end products, are these lovely tortellini and tagliatelle.
製成品就是這些美味的意大利麵和小雲吞。

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This while process took about half an hour and I will always look at hand made pasta with a greater level of appreciation now. Knowing and seeing how your food is made makes it that more special.
我看整個過程大概半個小時,從麵粉和雞蛋到意大利麵,真是覺得這門手藝很了不起。從此,我對手工食物又多一份敬意。

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I love handmade pasta but I've never seen it being made from scratch. I've been wanting to give it a try myself (that would make a fun post!)
I love your narrative style in this post and those freshly kneaded pasta dough balls look beautiful! Pasta making is almost like a work of art it seems. :)


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If you ever make any, don't forget to do a video!!


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oh my god, I think this is the largest dough I've ever seen~~ Looks amazing!


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I arrived after the flour was on the table so didn't know how much flour there was, was shocked to find out it was 18kg!!


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... show high respect to the wonderful chef👩‍🍳


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meddy
meddy @meddyFebruary 2018

Wow ,imagine how strong she is to be able to work that dough all on her own :D


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Not to mention she's quite petite as well!!


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A large pool of flour and eggs floating. At the end a rich pasta with plenty of sauce uhmmm


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Isn't is just amazing!!


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yingzoe
Ying @yingzoeFebruary 2018

I wish I were there watching that process too. Thanks for sharing!


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You've been round Italy a lot, next stop Bologna? :-)


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yingzoe
Ying @yingzoeFebruary 2018

Very likely:)


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jroy
Jason @jroyFebruary 2018

Wow. That is a serious ball of dough. Just cracking all the eggs is a big project.


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Imagine cracking 50 eggs!


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jroy
Jason @jroyFebruary 2018

No. :)


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chorock
chorock @chorockFebruary 2018

Woww nice job! How many minutes did you wait to take photos? It is nice experience to watching her...


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I was stood there for over half an hour, but is was very mesmerising to watch that it didn't seem that long


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Completely agree with you "freshly made pasta" is more tasty than the dried one great you stop and take picture of her making past that's a great contribution to community concerning how making the best pasta (tortellini and tagliatelle freshly eggs-made)


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Am seriously considering making my own pasta now ....


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