Today, I want to introduce some tips on how to cook the best tasting instant noodles.
1. Cook soup and noodles separately.
Cooking soup and noodles separately is one of the most effective ways to improve the taste of your instant noodles. Putting hot water, noodles and soup altogether into your pot at the time is very easy and convenient, but this way affects the taste of your noodles drastically.
When you make soup, do not use the hot water you just used to boil the noodles.
2. Put instant noodles into hot water that has completely come to a boil.
Using a lot of hot water to boil your noodles will prevent a drop in the water temperature. Doing this will prevent your noodles from getting sticky because of the starch from the noodles.
4. Do not touch your noodles while you are boiling it.
You should not touch, mix, or poke at your noodles for at least the first 1 minute during boiling.
If you touch it, the surface of the water will break and the noodles will absorb too much water. The noodles won't become evenly cooked.
5. Follow the boiling time.
You need to set a timer for the boiling time. There is a right amount of time to cook for each instant noodle. The best boiling time is always what the brands recommend (ex. the time on the cooking directions).
6. Put hot water in your ramen bowl before serving.
Ramen must be hot. You cannot enjoy warm ramen. Before making the soup, you should heat your ramen bowl up. To heat up your ramen bowl, simply fill up your ramen bowl with hot water for a few minutes.
7. Mix right amount of water with the soup packet.
One of the most important elements of ramen is its broth. You should follow the instruction guide to make the soup. To make the best instant ramen, it should be too salty or too bland. You will need to use a measuring cup.
8. Put one table spoon of baking powder into your pot while boiling instant noodles.
Doing this makes your instant noodles taste like raw noodles. They will get a good texture and chewiness. Baking powder works like a kansui (alkaline solution).
After boiling the noodles, get rid of the water using a strainer. Do not use the same water you just used to boil noodles for the soup.
After reading all 8 simple tips to making the best instant ramen, you probably understand that it is essential to follow the cooking guide on the back of the packaging.
1. Mix kansui and flour together.
2. Make the dough flat.
3. Cut into thin noodles.
4. Divide into one-meal portions.
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5. Steam the noodles.
6. Dry the noodles.
7. Cool down the noodles.
8. Pack the noodles into cups or bags.
They have a higher surface area to volume ratio in contrast to thick noodles, so the soup can seep through and cover thin noodles better.
The combination of thin noodles with flavourful soup is wonderful! The soup can cover thin noodles better than it does for thick noodles, you will also feel a smooth texture in your mouth, tongue, and throat.
However, thin noodles become soggy a lot easier than thicker noodles.
Characteristics of thick noodles are...
You feel like you ate a lot since thick noodles are voluminous, chewier and denser.
Thick noodles go well with thick, creamy and salty soup.
For thick noodles, in order to create an optimal surface area to volume ratio, chefs make the noodles wavy so the soup can coat all the noodles evenly.
Thick noodles are used in Yokohama iekei ramen and Kitakata ramen.