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This is one of my pages on cooking times, specifically for noodles.

Noodles vary greatly in their cooking times, from fresh noodles that barely need to be put into hot water to dried noodles that can take up to 15 minutes. To help with the decision, the makers frequently state cooking times that may or may not bear any relationship with reality. I've had “soak in cold water for a minute” where in fact I needed 8 minutes boiling, and just occasionally cases where the recommended cooking time results in mush.

So on this page I'm keeping a list of fantasy and reality.

Portion size

Cooked noodles freeze surprisingly well, so I usually make a large quantity and freeze the rest. For breakfast, it seems that 180 g portions are best, though I've increased that to 200 g for the Shanxi planed noodles. It seems that for main courses that's enough for two, at least if one of them is Yvonne.

Remano spaghetti (ALDI)

These are the standard noodles that we eat.


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Unit       Cooked       Factor       Recommended       Real
weight       weight             time       time
            2.2 x       8-10 min       12 min

The “cooked weight” ratio is a guess. To be confirmed.

Remano fettuccine


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These aren't real fettuccine: they don't contain egg (unless it's an accident):


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Unit       Cooked       Factor       Recommended       Real
weight       weight             time       time
            3.0 x       10-12 min       19 min

The width grew from 3 mm to 7 mm:


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Remano spirali


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Unit       Cooked       Factor       Recommended       Real
weight       weight             time       time
            2.3 x       10-12 min       11 min

Surprisingly, the specified cooking time proved to be correct.

San Remo “tubular spaghetti” (bucatini).


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The 15 minutes could be a little on the short side.

Unit       Cooked       Factor       Recommended       Real
weight       weight             time       time
            3.0 x             9 min       15 min

Woolworths “Long angel hair”


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Unit       Cooked       Factor       Recommended       Real
weight       weight             time       time
            2.9 x       2 min       5 min

“Pandaroo” egg noodles


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Unit       Cooked       Factor       Recommended       Real
weight       weight             time       time
55 g       193 g       3.5 x       3 min       6 min

“Chef's world” noodles


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Unit       Cooked       Factor       Recommended       Real
weight       weight             time       time
60 g       150 g       2.5 x       3-4 min       7 min

There's no indication that they contain egg products.

Sau Tao noodles


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Unit       Cooked       Factor       Recommended       Real
weight       weight             time       time
45 g       130 g       2.9 x       2 min       2 min

The first noodles where the cooking time is correct. They're sold as egg noodles, with the rather strange restriction “Non-fried”.

Shanxi planed noodles


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Unit       Cooked       Factor       Recommended       Real
weight       weight             time       time
     
45 g       130 g       2.5 x       8-10 min       14 min

I had thought that these noodles would absorb more water, but they were relatively moist when fresh. I've frozen them in 200 g portions, compared to 180 g for others.


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