Ramenize Your Noodles
I ramenized my noodles, though I only attempted this after I botched making a huge batch of fresh ramen noodles. Those are four cups of flour I’m never getting back.
So I found Not Quite Nigella’s ramen noodle recipe and decided I would make a simple noodle soup with it. Starting with a veggie broth base, a sautéed some onion and garlic and added 3 cups of the broth and a tablespoon of soy sauce. I threw in some carrots, snow peas, and broccoli. I baked tofu with a little oil and salt. And then I set all of that aside to focus on the noodles.
Oh my G-d.
So I made the dough earlier in the day. It was fine. Quick and painless. Then I went to roll out the dough. I set up my hand crank pasta machine and rolled out a quarter of the dough into a sheet. So far, so good. Then I dusted it liberally with flour and tried to cut it with the angel hair attachment. Huge disaster. Even with the extra flour, the dough was sticky. Ripping apart the threads would end up taking an hour. An hour for noodles that really didn’t seem worth it. So I abandoned NQN’s recipe.
But I didn’t have noodles for my noodle soup, so I decided to try something else I had bookmarked: ramenizing regular noodles. I boiled 4 liters of water in a stock pot. When it came to a rolling boil, I added 8 tsp of baking soda that I had measured into a little dish. I then added a box of thin spaghetti and cooked according to the instructions on the box.
A word of caution: the liquid bubbles and fizzes, and the white foam grows to the top of the pot quickly. Don’t walk away from the pasta for a moment or you’ll end up with a big mess. I kept stirring for the 7 minutes, adjusting the heat.
I drained the pasta, gave it a quick rinse, and tried a bite.
Did it taste like normal thin spaghetti: no.
Did it taste like ramen: um… no.
But did it somehow taste like noodles that belonged in soup? Yes. They sort of felt like they were destined for soup. So I curled up a nest of noodles in each bowl, dropped some tofu on top, and ladled the soup with vegetables. It worked in the sense that everyone ate seconds. I’d probably try this again in the future with another noodle soup creation.
Adventures in ramening.
Totally off-topic: this is your weekly write-your-Microblog-Monday-post-for-tomorrow reminder.