Questions tagged [noodles]

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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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 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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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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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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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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Is pad thai actually Thai?

More like meta-cooking question, but I believe it fits here better than on travel stack. All around the world, one of the symbols of Thailand is Pad Thai. And multiple versions of curry. But when I ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Why is my Buckwheat soba noodle dough crumbling?

I am trying to make Buckwheat noodles (Soba). The recipe involves nothing but buckwheat flour and water. I am failing to make the dough solid. It crumbles apart. I was trying to adjust it by adding ...
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Use high gluten (bread) flour for hand pulled noodles

I found that recipes on hand pulled noodles use various types of flours that's confusing from a chemistry perspective. Dough made from high gluten flour is more elastic and less extensible which ...
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How can I stop the cooking in my chicken and noodle soup?

I usually enjoy my chicken noodle soup right after cooking it to perfect noodle doneness. Most of what I cooked goes into the fridge. My problem is that while I'm waiting for the left-over soup to ...
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How does kraft mac and cheese or velveeta get that tangy flavor?

I'm on a mission to recreate boxed mac and cheese or velveeta shells and cheese. I've used sodium citrate to make a creamy cheese emulsion from normal cheese. However, I feel that my sauce still lacks ...
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