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Manchu Saqima

Rice, Noodles, and Other Grain Foods

Manchu Saqima
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup almost fully cooked egg noodles, cut into two-inch lengths
2 Tablespoons liquid maltose or another syrup
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1. Mix flour with salt and half cup of boiling water. When well-mixed, add half cup of cold water. Knead until smooth. Divide it into ten portions, and let the dough rest for an hour.
2. Mix cut noodle pieces with maltose and divide into ten portions.
3. Roll one piece of dough, put portion of noodles in center, and pinch edges to seal closed. With seam side down, flatten and set aside on a plate. Repeat until all ten are made.
4. Put one tablespoon of oil in a fry pan and fry five of the saqima on one side until lightly browned, turn over and fry on the second side. After it is browned, add half cup water and cover the pan. Cook until all water has evaporated and the buns crisp somewhat. Turn over and fry on the second side for a minute. Remove to a heated plate and repeat until all the buns are fried. Serve hot or warm.

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