Magazine August 2018

The World of Noodles

The World of Noodles

From the Italian fettuccine to the Japanese soba, noodles are a well-loved dish across the globe. Let city’super take you on a trip to Italy, Japan and Taiwan to find out more about popular strands around the world. 
 
Italy
Pasta from Italy is typically made semolina or wheat flour, along with eggs, salt and water. Gragnano is home to some of the best dried pasta in Italy.
  1. Gentile Pasta Calamaretti
  2. Gentile Pasta Conchiglioni
  3. Gentile Pasta Eliche
  4. Gentile Pasta Lumaconi
  5. Gentile Pasta Paccheri Rigati
  6. Gentile Pasta Penne Rigate
  7. Gentile Pasta Semini
Japan
Apart from ramen, soumen, soba noodles and udon of various thicknesses are also very popular in Japan and beyond. 
  1. Ishimaru Semi-dried Sanuki Udon Noodle
  2. Kanoya Fresh Mizusawa Udon Noodle
  3. Kaizuya Dried Himi Thin Udon
  4. Miwayamakatsu Semi-dried Soumen
  5. Yamaichi Superfine Shimabara Soumen
  6. Hondashoten Fresh Izumo Soba Noodle
  7. Ogawa Summit Yam Buckwheat Noodle
Taiwan
People in Hong Kong can’t get enough of Taiwanese noodles, especially Taiwan’s famous beef noodles. Here are a few more you should try:
  • Shuang Ren Hsu Noodles with Soybean Paste
  • Shuang Ren Hsu Taiwanese Beef Noodles
  • Taihodien Spicy Noodles
  • Kiki Noodles Gift Set
 
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Sauce It Up For Summer

Sauce It Up For Summer

Soup noodles are our go-to comfort food, but cold noodles can be a real treat in summer. Here are two simple homemade sauces to dress up your favourite cold noodle dish.

 

Aloe Vera Guan Miau Noodle (Original)
with White Sesame Sauce


Ingredients:
  • 3 tbsp ground white sesame, roasted
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1.5 tbsp vinegar
  • 1.5 tbsp sugar
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic

    Sun Dried Black Eye Bean Noodle (Purple Sweet Potato Noodles)
    with Hot & Spicy Sauce


    Ingredients:

    • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
    • 1 tbsp chilli powder
    • 1 tbsp ground Sichuan pepper
    • 4 cloves of minced garlic
    • 2 tbsp soy sauce
    • 1.5 tbsp vinegar
    • 1.5 tbsp sugar
    • 1 tbsp sesame oil
    • 1 tbsp coriander

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      Strands of Style: Jazz up your Noodle Dish

      Strands of Style: Jazz up your Noodle Dish

      Get your creative juices flowing and create these stylish noodle dishes to spruce up your (or your child’s) lunch boxes or your dinner table.

      Who doesn’t love a bit of colour? Here we are using Miwayamakatsu Vegetable Soumen Noodles (yellow), Hakubaku Organic Soumen Noodle (white) and Nakabushoten Shodojima Handmade Plum Soumen Noodle (pink). Other ingredients include soumen sauce, seaweed, carrot and spring onion.

      The Fuss-free Travelling Noodle Jar

      If you want more control over your diet, packing your own lunch a great option. Packed lunches don’t have to be boring either – check out this snazzy traveling noodle jar!

      Simply cook the Nishiyamaseimen Fresh Ramen Noodles (or any desired noodles) according to the package’s instruction, then pop them into a ball jar and let cool.

      Add your preferred amount of coriander, Japanese bunching onion (chopped), sliced cucumber, kibbled onions, and top with some peeled cooked prawns with a squeeze of lemon juice.

      Store in the fridge, and when you’re ready to enjoy it, remove lid, add boiling water, and replace lid and wait for several minutes. Voila – your soup-er delicious meal is ready!
       
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      How to Cook Pasta Like A Pro

      How to Cook Pasta Like A Pro

      Does your pasta get soggy or seem to take forever to cook? Why do people salt their pasta water? Should you rinse cooked pasta? Check out the video below for tips and tricks on how to cook the perfect pasta!

      Oodles of Fun: Creative Ways to Use Noodles

      There are definitely more ways to enjoy noodles than cooking them in soup or mixing them dry. Why not try one of these creative noodle recipes? We’re talking spaghetti cake, ramen sushi roll and cannoli pasta bites!

      Spaghetti Cake with Bacon and Camembert

      Ingredients (Serves 4)
      • 200g spaghetti
      • 200g cooked bacon bits
      • 3 eggs
      • 100g Parmesan cheese, grated
      • 1 Camembert cheese, about 10cm in diameter
      • A handful of fresh basil

      Steps
      1. Cook spaghetti in salted water for 8 minutes and drain well.
      2. Add eggs, cooked bacon bits and Parmesan cheese. Mix.
      3. In an 8-inch cake tin, place the whole wheel of Camembert in the centre and surround it with pasta mixture. Place cake tin into oven and bake for 20 minutes at 200°C.
      4. Remove cake tin from oven, sprinkle with basil and serve.
       Ramen Sushi Roll

      Ingredients (Makes 2 sushi rolls)
      • 2 packs ramen noodles
      • 150g shredded cheese
      • 2 sheets nori
      • 1 small avocado, sliced
      • 1/2 daikon pickle, julienned
      • 2-3 sticks imitation crab meat

      Steps
      1. Cook ramen noodles, drain and mix with cheese. Let cool completely.
      2. Place a sheet of nori onto sushi mat. Spread noodle mix on top.
      3. Add pickle, imitation crab and avocado as fillings. Roll up the sushi carefully. Let rest for a few minutes, and carefully slice into 6 to 8 pieces.

       

      Cannoli Pasta Bites (Dessert)

      Ingredients

      • 225g ricotta
      • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
      • 2 tbsp dark chocolate flakes
      • A pinch of ground cinnamon
      • 450g paccheri pasta
      • Vegetable oil, for cooking


      Steps
      1. In a bowl, mix ricotta, sugar, cinnamon and chocolate flakes until well combined. Spoon mixture into a piping bag and refrigerate until ready to use.
      2. Cook pasta in boiling salted water until tender. Drain well.
      3. In a frying pan, heat vegetable oil then cook pasta until golden, about 2 minutes. Remove and drain on a paper towel.
      4. When cooled to room temperature, roll fried pasta in granulated sugar. Fill each piece with ricotta mixture and garnish with leftover chocolate flakes.

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