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Old 02-10-2014, 08:12 PM   #1
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Hi there! I was recently eating my mom's noodles and when I asked her how she cooked it, she said she bathed them in cold water for a while, then boiled it.

My question is, what happens when you put noodles in cold water and then hot water later? What's the difference between that and just putting it in hot water ?

The noodles were chinese thin dried noodles, not sure if it would make a difference if it was a different type of noodle.

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Old 02-10-2014, 08:14 PM   #2
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Gee, I wish you had asked your mom. I'd love to hear the reason, too.
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Keeps them from sticking?
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Old 02-10-2014, 08:21 PM   #4
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haha, I'd ask to, but I wanna hear what other people say because my mom has some wierd theories about stuff that are not right sometimes :D
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Keeps them from sticking?
I don't think so, since heating them in boiling water, then dousing them in cold water after does that
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Old 02-10-2014, 08:24 PM   #6
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Leach starch?
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Old 02-10-2014, 08:31 PM   #7
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Same principle as rinsing or washing rice. It gets lots of starch out of it so when you put it directly in soup it doesn't affect the broth as much.vI cook noodles to al dente, rinse them and then add to the soup. Keeps the broth clearer. Not sure if it makes a big difference in texture, though.
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haha, I'd ask to, but I wanna hear what other people say because my mom has some wierd theories about stuff that are not right sometimes :D
My mum was like that.

If your mum is anything like mine was, it would be worth asking. Some of those weird theories were pretty funny.

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haha, I'd ask to, but I wanna hear what other people say because my mom has some wierd theories about stuff that are not right sometimes :D

Mom is always right.

Seriously, I bet she does it because her mother did it that way, and she never questioned her mother.
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My mum was like that.

If your mum is anything like mine was, it would be worth asking. Some of those weird theories were pretty funny.

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Like the recipe for baked ham. One girl always used to cut her ham in two. When asked why, she said "that's the way my mother always used to do it" When she asked her mother, she said"that's the way my mother used to do it" When she asked her grandmother she said" Back in the old days, the oven I had was too small to fit a whole ham in so I had to cut it in half".
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