The first step in making mee sua was to knead the dough………….. by hand!
Nowadays, in Singapore the mee sua that you buy in supermarkets are made by machines in factories. Artisan noodle making involves making the noodles by hand.
Kneading is done in a huge earthern pot. The artisan master would lean over the pot, stretched out both arms and repeatedly kneads the dough by pressing both his fists into the dough.
It may sound easy but when the apprentice did it she had problem kneading it hard enough so the master kept asking her to use more strength.
When I saw the master knead the dough with his fists it reminded me of the Southern White Crane method of punching. I can see the master using his whole body to power his fists to press into the dough. The only thing I didn’t see was how he was standing.
The thing that went through my mind when I saw this was what an interesting way to learn how to use the entire body to issue force.