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Everywhere I've read about cooking puffed rice noodles says that the soaked noodles need to be fried. I need a less messy alternative to frying. Is there a way I could bake them to get the same or similar consistency?

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Why is frying too messy? Grease spatters? –  Shog9 Aug 24 '10 at 19:18
    
grease spatters, cleaning the oil off the pan... I mean it's not a big deal, I'm just wondering if anyone has had success with an alternative method –  user2154 Aug 24 '10 at 22:58
    
To stop spatters, you can use a splatter screen (google.com/products?hl=en&q=splatter+screen). It is a fine mesh that stops oil splatter while letting moisture escape. –  Adam Shiemke Aug 25 '10 at 15:30
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no... deep frying is necessary because you need the water inside the noodles to flash to steam, which creates the puff. baking is a slow and indirect heat and therefore will not work.

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