Thursday, May 05, 2011

Baking Soda Cooking Trick

Spaghetti Ramen
My friend, Tomo, recently told me about a cooking trick she learned. You can make pasta noodles taste like ramen noodles by adding baking soda to the boiling water when you are cooking the pasta. Have any of you heard about this?

Of course, I had to give it a try. I had a small amount of Thin Spaghetti in the cupboards and added a heaping tablespoon of baking soda to the boiling water. Be careful to make sure you left room at the top of the pot. It foams up quickly when you add the baking soda. Guess what? It tastes just like ramen noodles! The baking soda somehow changes the texture of the pasta. It was delicious. (Sorry for the crappy cell phone picture. It was all I had at the time. And I was anxious to eat it.)

It is best to use a thin pasta noodles, like thin spaghetti or angel hair. Tomo also suggest adding a few minutes of extra cooking time. So if your box of pasta says to cook it for 12 minutes, you may want to cook it for 15 minutes. A recipe is not needed, but I know a lot of people feel more comfortable with a recipe. I searched the internet and the only thing that came up this how to guide. If anyone tries it, let me know how you like it.


Sayschnicklefritz said...

That looks so good! Fresh and light and springy. Can you tell I'm starving right now?

Miss Julep said...

YUM! I must try this!!

LaBean said...

I always wondered why spaghetti never tasted right in a noodle dish. I'll have to try this!

Elaina said...

Great tip! Will definitely have to try! Thanks! =)

Muddling Through said...

Who knew? Thanks for sharing a great idea! Your bowl of goodness looks delectable, and that IS a good photo.

craftivore said...

That looks so yummy. I made the curried shrimp recipe tonight and it was delicious!

Lina said...

That's awesome! Thanks for sharing. :)

Hannah said...

Woah, now that's news to me- I'm trying it out, asap! What a brilliant little cheat!

opportunityknits said...

This is interesting. Will try it one of these days :)

emicat said...

Ok, I'm totally gonna have to try this, as I'm intrigued! :)

Yarny Days said...

You actually tried it out. And it works. Wow. Who knew...

hetty said...

That looks so yummy! I must try it.

Karin said...

That looks so yummy!!

Jenniffer said...

What a great tip. I'm going to try it next time my recipe calls for Asian noodles.

LeAndra said...

Your soup looked so delicious that I was inspired to try it as well. I tried the noodles in a Hot and Sour soup, and I was really pleased with how both turned out. Thanks for sharing!

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