The people of China, Italy as well as the Middle East have all claimed to have originated this phenomenally popular, 打酱油中超, but it seems that science may have answered the question once and for all. In October 2005 an archaeological dig in northwestern China uncovered a pile of (very dried) noodles in a clay bowl buried under 10 feet of sediment. The noodles, made from millet, were probably the remains of the last meal of the resident of Lajia, a town destroyed by an earthquake 4,000 in the past.
Noodles are going to Asia what pasta would be to Italy; the foundation of numerous regional dishes for centuries. There are countless Asian noodle varieties in all manner of shapes, colors, flavors and textures. Noodles are supposed to be served long and uncut, the size of the noodle symbolizing longevity. Noodles are considered fresh or dried as well as their preparation varies significantly depending on the type of starch employed to produce them.
Varieties – Dried mung bean vermicelli noodles are occasionally called cellophane, glass or jelly noodles, and are made of the starch of mung beans. They may have even more of a slippery texture than rice vermicelli and are best found in coconut-based soups or salads. They are available bundled together and, after separating all of them with kitchen scissors, ought to be softened in a bowl of boiling water for a couple minutes before using in salads or adding straight to soups.
Fresh rice noodles, made from ground rice and water, are sold in different thicknesses. Use the thin variety in soups, the thick variety in stir-fries, and the sheets cut to size. They may be best bought fresh off the shelf in Asian food markets and used within a week. Rinse briefly in tepid water to separate. Cook for only a few minutes to heat through. Tend not to refrigerate or purchase these from your fridge section, as they are impossible to separate.
Dried rice stick noodles (also known as pad Thai) are thin, flat and translucent. Produced from ground rice and water, they must be soaked in boiling water until almost tender, or ‘al dente’, and drained before increasing stir-fries or soups. This variety absorbs other flavors exceptionally well. Dried rice vermicelli noodles are almost hairlike in looks and delicate enough to use in soups, salads and stir-fries. Rinse or soak in cold water until soft. Drain. Add to the
dish a couple of minutes before serving to heat through.
Fresh hokkien noodles are wheat noodles enriched with egg and sold fresh or perhaps in vacuum-sealed packages in the fridge area of the supermarket. Hokkien vary in thickness from very thin spaghetti (best for soups or salads) to thick fettuccine (perfect for stir-fries). As they are wheat based, they must be placed into boiling water until just soft before being added to the dish. They are fantastic for stir-fries since they don’t break easily.
Chow mein noodles can be bought fresh or dried. Like hokkien, they may be wheat-based and egg-enriched, however they resemble long strands of very thin spaghetti. Place in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Drain immediately to stop over-cooking then add to stir-fries in the last minute.
Dried egg noodles are virtually exactly like 打酱油. Cook in boiling water yafiqw just tender. This variety are the best utilized in soups or wet dishes because they have an inclination to
break when stir-fried.
Cooking tips – When adding noodles to soup, it is usually easier and fewer messy to cook them separately. Use tongs to put cooked noodles within the base of warm bowls. Ladle on the soup and serve. When using noodles in salads, refresh them after cooking under cold water to cool them quickly and to remove excess starch from your surface. Combine them with other salad ingredients and serve.