How to Cook Wheat Noodles

There are so many different brands of wheat noodles available. If you go to just about any supermarket you will find a good selection. The good thing about wheat noodles is that they are perfect for lots of Thai dishes. That’ no good though if you don’t know how to cook them though so lets find out exactly how to cook wheat noodles.

The great thing about wheat noodles is that you buy them dry so they will last for months in your cupboard which means you don’t have to use them straight away.

If you put them straight into your wok like this and try and make Drunken noodles or anything else for that matter, then it’s going to go horribly wrong!! Before you can use wheat noodles in any of my recipes you first need to soften them up.

The noodles I am using are called Lucky Boat noodles but it doesn doesn’t matter what brand you are using though because it’s always the same method for cooking wheat noodles. Even if you are cooking buckwheat noodles or wholewheat noodles, this is how you do it:

So to prepare your noodles you only need 2 of pieces of equipment, a saucepan to boil the noodles and a siv (or cullender) to drain the water and rinse the noodles.

So cooking your wheat noodles is really simple.

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Instructions
  • First place your noodles into a pot of boiling water
  • As soon as they start to soften up use a spoon or a spatula to just stir them and separate the noodles.
  • Now you can just let them boil for a couple of minutes (the exact amount of time will depend on how many noodles you are preparing). You can tell when they’re done by just pinching them. If they break apart easily it means they are ready
  • Turn off the heat and quickly pour them out into your siv
  • Rinse under the cold tap until they have cooled down

It’s important to cool them down as quickly as you can because you want to stop them from cooking. Remember they don’t have to be 100% cooked because you’re going to cook them again in your wok. If you boil them for too long or don’t cool them down quickly enough you’re going to end up with soggy noodles and you don’t want that!

It’s better to under cook your noodles than to over cook them!!

If you’re going to use your noodles today they are fine like this but if you’re keeping them until tomorrow it’s best to add a small amount of cooking oil to them and use your hand to mix it in. This will prevent the noodles from sticking together. Your noodles will actually keep in the fridge for 2 or 3 days like this, so need to use them straight away.

How to Cook Wheat Noodles

If you can cook wheat noodles, you will be able to use them in so many different Thai dishes.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: thai
Yield: 1 serving
Author: Chef Manaow

Equipment

  • Saucepan
  • Siv

Materials

  • 300 g dry wheat noodles

Instructions

  • Place your noodles into a pot of boiling water
  • As soon as they start to soften up use a spoon or a spatula to just stir them and separate the noodles
  • Let them boil for a minute or two (the exact amount of time will depend on how many noodles you are preparing). You can tell when they’re done by just pinching them. If they break apart easily it means they are ready
  • Turn off the heat and quickly pour them out into your siv
  • Rinse under the cold tap until they have cooled down
  • If you are not going to use your noodles straight away, pour a tbsp of cooking oil over them and mix it in with your hands. This will prevent the noodles from sticking together

Video

Notes

Cooling down the noodles is very important. You need to stop them from cooking as soon as possible!
Only add cooking oil if you aren’t going to use your noodles straight away.
The noodles will be good for 2 or 3 days if kept in the fridge.

So now you know how to cook wheat noodles you’re good to go. What are you going to make?? Check out my other recipes and I’m sure you’ll find something 🙂


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