Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Homemade Pumpkin Noodles

Those days when I was crazy over buying cookbooks, you will always find me in Popular or MPH or even Big Bad Wolf Sales in KL/Ipoh which I seldom miss and will cart home cookbooks which I don't even try out the recipe.  Thus, all those I bought are now sitting on my book racks for display only as quoted by  WB.  I have a tendency to hoard cookbooks and I have stopped buying in loads except for occasionally when I find a good one :p  For the first few months , I will be reading them every night before I go to slumberland, of course after my online call to my Heavenly Father :)  I will even bookmarked the recipes I wanted to try out.  But since , I am into photography, my time is divided and most of the night reading will be a chapter from the bible and some notes on photography :p

Okay, sorry for the digress , which is quite annoying at times , back to this homemade noodles. I have this book sitting idly on my book rack for almost a year and half. All on homemade noodles..all types of noodles. A sudden crave for homemade noodles since we are having steamboat/hotpot and grill for dinner.  It is a brilliant idea on my part but WB was not too keen BUT after making them and having tasted it , he said it is really good.  Wow, that is inspiring from him.  It is indeed a joy to have people enjoying your food and giving you a pat and a praise once in a while....isn't it ?  On a serious note, this is good. I used the Spinach Noodles recipe and replaced spinach puree with pumpkin paste.  Adjusted the water measurement and get to the right dough texture which should be harder than bread dough.  If you want the noodle to be chewy, you have to knead it longer. 

dough texture has to be harder than bread dough texture

remember to sprinkle more flour on both surface
for easy cutting and so that the noodles don't stick together

love the rich pumpkin color
and since I don't have a noodle maker, 
I knife cut the dough, thus it really look homemade :p

cook them in hot boiling water , once cooked
take out and soak them in ice cold water and then take it out
place the noodles on sieve to remove excess water


 homemade pumpkin noodles taken to table 
together with other hotpot and grill ingredients :)

the noodles was soft yet has the chewy texture to it
love it and I will make this again for sure....
best for steamboat/hotpot....
I garnish my bowl of noodles with crab roe :)

Homemade Pumpkin Noodles - adapted from The World Of Noodles by Chef Daniel Koh
(original recipe uses spinach)


100g pumpkin paste (steam pumpkin and mash it into paste and combine with 50 g water )
( adjust water measurement - if dough is too dry add a bit more water )
1/2 tsp salt
300 g plain flour

1.To make pumpkin paste. Remove pumpkin skin, cut into cubes and steam till soft. Mash into paste and add 50 g water to the pumpkin paste
2. Add salt to plain flour .
3. Gradually add  pumpkin paste to the flour mixture with chopsticks.
4. Knead the dough until well combined. Put it into a bowl. Cover and rest for 30 minutes. Resting the dough gives softer structure.
5. Dust a work surface with some plain flour. Put the dough onto the floured surface. Roll the dough flat with a rolling pin. Dust the top of the dough with some plain flour. Fold the end of the dough over in a tri-fold.
6. Use a knife to cut the dough into equal size noodles according to your preference ( or use vermicelli machine). Loosen the noodles and ready to cook.

To cook the noodles:

Boil a pot of water and when water is boiling, put in the noodles and once it is cooked, take out the noodles and put into icy cold water for a few minutes. Drain off excess water and it is ready to be served with soup.

1. Adding 1/2 tsp of salt into the plain flour could enhance the elasticity of the noodle.
2. You need to knead the dough of noodle until the texture becomes hard so that the noodles will taste springy after cooking.


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