Sunday, October 28, 2007

Oodles of Noodles

I finally bought a pasta machine the other day so I can finally make my own spaghetti of fettuccine. Why make fresh ones when you can get the dried ones for cheap? Well - the thing is, there's a big difference in terms of texture and taste when it comes to using fresh pasta. Fresh Pasta is not cheap - they can come as expensive as $9 for just 500g of noodles yet people still buy them for cooking because they taste a lot better. I decided to buy one so I can make my own pasta and once I get the hang of it - make coloured or flavoured pasta! ;)




The machine is not that expensive. I got mine at only $17.50 at Hua Ho Bunut Supermarket.



I forgot to take the picture of the noodle dough - my hands were too floury at that time to take photos anyway ;)



The cutter enables you to cut different thickness and whether you want flat or round noodles. You can see from the different types of noodles I made.



Round noodles



Flat noodles



Mum made the sauce and used the noodles to make Kolomee.



What I love about this is the texture of the noodles. It seems to have a more springy bouncy texture. Yum!


Also made Kolo Mee Poh



I can't wait to try tossing these fettuccine with spaghetti sauce or cream sauce though ;)



Mum used some of the thinner noodles to make soup noodles. Yum~~

Now here's the recipe:

Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon water
3 eggs


Instructions:

Mix all ingredients with fork in large bowl. It's easier to make a well using the dry ingredients, then add the eggs and water in centre of the well. Then slowly stir in the flour.

Add more liquid if dough is too flaky (add drop by drop, be careful not to add too much liquid) or add flour if dough is too sticky and workable.

Place on floured board and knead until smooth. Rest for at least 30 mins but if can rest covered for 1 hour.

Divide into 3 portions and roll each one thin.

Sprinkle each sheet lightly with flour. Cut into strips. Let strips dry slightly before cooking.


More recipes to come: Udon noodles, Squid Ink Noodles, Tomato Noodles, Wheatgrass Noodles, GreenTea Noodles and Pink Noodles! Also expect to see chocolate noodles too. Stay tuned.
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