Where did I go wrong with the maifun noodles?
Help! I tried to make Mee Krob last night, but when I tried to fry the rice sticks, only bits of it actually puffed up and some of the rest of it almost burned, so I had to take them out! Was the oil too hot too fast? Did I maybe have too much of it in the oil at once? I'd love an experienced opinion on this. I basically just took the noodles out of the package and fried them in a wide pan in about 3 inches of rice bran oil, turning them over every once in awhile. Should they have been fully immersed at all times and deep fried in a fry baby? I hope someone can help.
It sounds like the oil was neither deep enough nor hot enough.
When I've made it, I use a wok so there's a deep bit. I heat it really hot, then immerse the clump of dry noodles which puff up instantly. It is not in there long enough to 'turn them over once in a while'. I turn them over once and push down a little, to get the bit on top that wasn't fully immersed, then scoop them out with the wire scoop, and it is done. Elapsed time, 20 seconds from initial drop. HTH.
Thanks!...Yeah, my noodles didn't puff up at all. I'm wondering if the oil just wasn't hot enough yet. I'll probably break up the noodles next time, too, to give them more room. I didn't want to use the wok because I was saving it for something else, but it probably is the best way. Thanks so much!