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Help! Chinese new year noodle question

yumyum Feb 6, 2008 07:05 AM

I'm making a dish that calls for 8 oz. dried egg noodles to serve 2-3 as a main course. In my area we are lucky enough to see fresh noodles in our Asian markets. I'd like to use them instead of dried but don't know how much to buy.

Any ideas? Thanks very much for your help.

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  1. beetlebug RE: yumyum Feb 6, 2008 07:27 AM

    Why wouldn't you buy 8 oz of fresh noodles? I think the serving size would remain the same between fresh and dry noodles. The only difference would be cooking time.

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      yumyum RE: beetlebug Feb 6, 2008 07:43 AM

      I was thinking that like dried pasta of any type, 8 oz (one cup) would cook up to make a big pile of noodles. One cup of fresh noodles would yield one cup of cooked noodles. Gosh, does that make sense?

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        k_d RE: yumyum Feb 6, 2008 10:59 AM

        I'm pretty sure the ounces are weight ... not volume. Yes, it makes sense if you're thinking of volume. But I believe noodles are sold by weight. In other words, the recipe is calling for a half pound of noodles, not one measuring cup. If you boil that half a pound of dried noodles, it's going to yield about a pound of cooked noodles. If you boil a half a pound of fresh noodles, I think you end up with about a half a pound of cooked noodles. Therefore, to make the recipe come out right, you should just about double the amount of fresh noodles you substitute for the dried. Make sense?

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      k_d RE: yumyum Feb 6, 2008 07:41 AM

      I would buy more fresh noodles than the 8 oz. If the noodles are dried, they won't have any water weight, while the fresh would. Therefore, the same volume of noodles of both types will never weigh the same. I found one recipe online for noodles that nearly doubled the amount of dried for fresh noodles. Therefore, half a pound of dried noodles would be equivalent to a full pound of fresh.

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        ricepad RE: yumyum Feb 6, 2008 11:44 AM

        The fresh noodles I get in my area come in bundles about the size of a tennis ball, and are generally about a serving each. If the noodles you get are similarly bundled, get two or three.

        Remember, too, not to cut them!

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          yumyum RE: ricepad Feb 7, 2008 11:45 AM

          Thanks everyone. I got them today and as ricepad suggested, I just eyeballed them. My crew eats a LOT so I got extra -- three 16 oz packages of fresh -- if we don't eat them all up I'll have great leftovers.

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            Sarah RE: yumyum Feb 7, 2008 01:52 PM

            Three l6-oz pkgs of fresh should feed about 10-12.

        2. sweetie RE: yumyum Feb 6, 2008 01:05 PM

          Fresh noodles will require less cooking time and expand less. So guesstimate how much you want to end up with (would guess 14-16 oz) and buy that amount fresh.

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