Questions about preparing and cooking noodles, a strip, ring, or tube of pasta or a similar dough, typically made with egg and usually eaten with a sauce or in a soup.

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A proper way to cook Mi Goreng noodles?

I've purchased a 30 pack box of these delicious noodles and I'd like advice on how to cook them properly. From past experiences, I've either used too much water which made them soggy and very soft ...
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Panda Express style Chow Mein

I find myself addicted to Chow Mein served at Panda Express, and have tried cooking it several times, failing each time. I have followed these recipes: http://www.mademan.com/mm/how-do-you-make-...
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Fresh pasta noodles in lasagna

When making lasagna noodles from scratch, do you need to cook the noodles first? If I was making it the regular way, layers, I wouldn't think it would need to be cooked. But I'm rolling the noodles ...
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Can I substitute baking soda for kansui powder?

Related: What does kansui do to dough in noodle making? I'm looking to make my own 拉面-style noodles. I've read up a lot about kansui and making your own kansui with a powder mix of sodium and ...
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Can I add uncooked noodles directly to soup?

Most noodle soup recipes that I see call for boiling and draining the noodles separately, then adding them to the broth already cooked. Is there any reason that I can't just add the dry noodles 10 ...
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Kimchi Beef Noodles

One of the things I really enjoy are those instant kimchi beef noodle soup bowls that you can get from the (American) supermarkets. Mostly because I like kimchi, I like beef, and I like noodles. Now I ...
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Lamian (Hand Pulled Noodles) Technique Question

I have been learning and working on creating Lamian (拉麵) for a year now, and it has been quite an adventure! I had little experience working with dough coming into this, so despite many failed ...
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What does al dente really mean?

Initially I was told that al dente meant that the pasta was cooked but still firm, definitely not soggy or overcooked. Later, someone told me that it meant not quite cooked all the way through. ...
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How do I deal with asian rice noodles?

After boiling and draining the rice vermicelli or pho noodles they always stick to a big lump. How do I prevent this?
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How do I keep rice based noodles from sticking together?

I've already read a related question: How can I keep pasta from sticking to itself? However, I've found that rice noodles behave very differently than wheat noodles. I've tried: Adding oil to the ...
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What is the difference between noodles and pasta?

Is pasta just a fancy name for noodle? Or is pasta always an Italian style noodle? Is all pasta noodles? Or the other way around? This may be more of a language question than an actual food question.....
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What does kansui do to dough in noodle making?

I'm trying to understand how to properly prepare hand pulled noodles. I've read about Kansui and Lye water and in some instances I've read that they serve a similar purpose. However, after some ...
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How can I get the smokey flavour in Hor Fun?

I made Hor Fun (not the linked recipe in specific) the other day for my girlfriend who loves the dish. However, her critique was that it lacked the distinctive smokey flavour of the dish. When it's ...
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Can spaghetti noodles replace lo mein noodles?

Let's say a family member asked me to try cooking lo mein for dinner, but I don't have time to stop by a big enough grocery store to get Asian noodles. I do, however, have spaghetti in the cupboard. ...
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Turning regular noodles into no-boil noodles

I've been told by other that you don't need to boil the noodles for lasagna before you assemble and bake it. They claim that you can just lay them out on the pan raw and assemble as usual and the heat ...
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DIY Pot Noodle safe ingredients

I'm looking to make some of these DIY pot noodles or "pot ramen" or whatever folk might call them. I've got a load of ideas for what to put in them but no idea how safe it will be to eat given the ...
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Bubbles on the Noodle surface

I observe lots of bubbles on the noodle surface after frying. What causes this and how can I control it?
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Chinese rice vermicelli tastes of chemicals

We bought a large package of dry rice vermicelli recently at our local Thai market. We've cooked it a couple of times, and both times once it starts to boil it gives off a chemical odor, sort of like ...
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Why should I bake baking soda for making ramen noodles?

I see this recipe for ramen noodles ("alkaline noodles") that says to use bicarb / baking soda that is baked in a very slow oven for an hour (250F / 120C) before incorporating into the noodle dough. ...
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Why is Tsuyu sauce for cold Soba noodles served on the side?

Why are they always served separately as a dipping sauce, instead of mixing it into the noodles like they do with soup?
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How can I make my own Super Noodles/instant noodle seasoning?

I like BBQ Beef Super Noodles, but they don't taste the same as they used to. The flavour sachet is not as strong as it used to be (maybe they use more filler nowadays). I can buy plain egg noodles, ...
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Can I freeze dried rice noodles after they've been rehydrated?

I'm on a diet and am eating a lot of stir-frys. I use very thin dried rice noodles. Because I only want a specific amount, which is hard to judge when I pull the noodles apart, can I freeze them once ...
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How to cook spaetzle (German homemade noodles/pasta) without it ending up soggy?

I've made spaetzle a few times now but every time I struggle with it ending up a bit wet/soggy, I try to drain it the best I can but it holds a lot of water still. I do sometimes end up cooking it ...
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Can I cook pasta without heating it up… ever?

More of a survival question than anything. I have a bag of dried pasta, a plastic container, a can of tomato sauce, and some salt, and I find myself out in the wilderness with no heat to speak of. ...
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How can I make curly rāmen noodles from scratch?

I want to make the rāmen noodles from scratch including the pasta itself and not just the sauce. I have found some recipes online that look promising. However, how can I give it the characteristic "...
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Do fresh ramen noodles come in a curly form, or only instant?

Put another way, if I am served curly ramen noodles in a restaurant or for take-out, does that mean they are necessarily instant noodles? If there are fresh noodles that are curly, can someone provide ...
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How do I make home-made Vietnamese or thai rice noodles?

In Vietnam, fresh noodles are easy to find, however in Australia, the nearest substitute seems to be plain (and dry) rice vermicelli noodles, which do not have the same flavour or texture, the fresh ...
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How can I cook dried noodles with just hot water?

I'm looking for any tips for making a meal with dried noodles without needing to actively cook them. My problem is that the kitchen in my office has nothing, not even a microwave. It just has a hot ...
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Keeping noodles from absorbing all the soup

I cook in the summer for a week for about 30 people,and we serve buffet-style over the course of about an hour. This summer, my plan is to make lemon chicken orzo soup for one of the meals. However, I'...
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Making noodles in a wok

What is the best way to make noodle dishes like lo mein in a wok? I am trying to get the best noodle texture and a taste close to the restaurants.
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Oil in Ramen broth

Many recipes online suggest that at some point I should sauté some onions or scallions with vegetable oil and add them to the broth that is meant to go with the ramen. I know of toasted sesame oil and ...
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Should tamarind pulp go into Pad Thai sauce?

I'm making my own Pad Thai sauce and I'm not sure if I should strain out the tamarind pulp or if it can stay in the sauce. Or is there some type of prepared tamarind which dissolves into the sauce so ...
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Boiling vs soaking rice noodles

The instructions on this package of large rice noodles says just soak them for 6-7 min. I did that and then fried them in some oil and soy sauce but they were still too crunchy. I just want to eat ...
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What flour and technique do I need for hand pulled noodles?

I can't get the dough I tried to be good enough so that I can pulled it and make noodles out of it. What kind of flour exactly do I need? What are other things do I need? I have used self raising ...
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What should I look for when buying a ramen bowl?

I live in Italy and I love ramen, but I can't seem to identify the characteristics that make for a good Japanese hot noodle serving bowl. What's a good capacity? Is there a well-known substitute that ...
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Cooking Ramen noodles in broth or not?

I was wondering if there’s a downside in cooking ramen noodles directly in the broth it will served in. From the recipes I see, ramen noodles are cooked in slightly salted water and then incorporated ...
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Can I make grain-free noodle/ravioli/dumpling dough?

I'm celiac and I'm intolerant to virtually all the grains (also to corn/maiz). So, the question is if I can make noodle/dumpling dough without grains? Yuca and potato starch are good for me, also ...
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Method to make corn pasta?

I've been unwell for quite awhile now and corn pasta has been a lifer saver because it's fairly easy to digest (for me.) Anyway, i'm curious as to how exactly they are made. For instance look at this ...
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How to cook Lo Mein?

I just moved to China and I would like to cook some lo mein ( chinese noodles ), this is the easiest way to get some veg. food here :) The lo mein I bought are not the fresh ones but the dry ones. ...
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What type of noodles absorb most amount of liquid?

Sometimes when I have noodles in broth, there is little or no taste to the noodles. It's almost like the noodles were already "saturated" before they were put in the broth, making them unable to ...
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Should I drain water after I cook noodles in microwave?

I have just cooked noodles in microwave. In some websites it says to drain water before eating it. Some doesn't say about draining water. Should I drain the water as I have cooked it in microwave?
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What is the correct way to cook thin rice noodles for Vietnamese dishes?

I like to make Vietnamese bun (rice noodle bowl) at home, but my noodles never seem to have quite the same texture as at my favorite restaurants. I boil water, turn it off, and then add the noodles ...
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Where can I find (plain) Ramen noodles?

I recently thought about trying to make the Chicken Ramen recipe from Wagamama, however I will need to know how to get the correct ingredients from the best sources. I don't know any good sources to ...
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Pulled noodle dough: how can you realign the gluten after a failed attempt to pull?

I've seen many videos regarding how to knead the pulled noodle dough. The one recipe I used for this is: For hand pulled noodles you need: Bread flour (wet gluten 29-30%, protein 11%-12%) 45% added ...
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Can I prepare instant noodles in the microwave?

I want to prepare instant noodles in microwave. The instructions on the pack clearly mention a gas stove to be used, but I don't have access to one. The instant noodles I am talking about are Nestle'...
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How should I store leftover rice noodles?

I seem to recall reading somewhere that you should store leftover cooked rice noodles in water. Is this right? I don't want them to bloat and become ruined. I also seem to recall reading somewhere ...
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What type of noodle and sauce is used to making Thai Drunken Noodles?

I LOVE drunken noodles from Thai food restaurants, but am never able to find those wide, thin noodles in the markets and don't know what they're called to ask. Also, what sauce is used in drunken ...
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I had delicious Udon soup at a Japanese restaurant, and my attempts to recreate have failed. what am I missing?

I recently fell in love with Udon soup. I've had it at 2 different restaurants in Austin TX, and I find the broth clean and delicious. My favorite includes cucumber, carrot, a few shrimp, green ...
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How do I make Pad See Ew with Fresh Rice Noodles

Really, that's all I want to know. Whenever I try to make it with the store bought "dry" noodles and soak my dish comes out terribly. What are the best sauces to use? Best way to keep the egg from ...
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Adding Noodles to Soup

If it takes 10 min to boil regular noodles if you drain the water after, give or take, how many minutes before the end of soup cooking should you add them in the pot considering they will keep on ...