Noodle!: 100 Amazing Authentic Recipes (100 Great Recipes) Paperback – 22 May 2014
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100 delicious noodle recipes make up this latest title in a series of essential books dedicated to simple, everyday eating.
About the Author
MiMi Aye is the writer of the food blog Meemalee (www.meemalee.com) and sometime Burmese chef. Recommended by Lonely Planet and Time Out, MiMi has appeared on BBC Radio 4's Food Programme, and in the Guardian, the Telegraph and Metro. Her recipes have been featured on Channel 4 Food to accompany the TV show Gordon's Great Escape. Noodle! is her first cookbook. Follow MiMi on twitter @meemalee.
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The book's recipes are divided into Stir-Fries; Soups; Sauces (for noodles); Salads; and Snacks. Some are straightforward, some are more involved but none read as actually being difficult. With the Soup recipes in particular, the greatest investment is likely to be time: for example, the Tonkotsu Ramen recipe (Japanese) calls for the stock to be kept at a rolling boil for 7-8 hours! (I've tried it - it's well worth taking the extra time.)
A word of warning: a lot of the recipes call for ingredients you will need to buy from an Asian grocer as they aren't generally available in supermarkets. However, if you are a keen cook of Chinese/South-East Asian food (like me!) you'll probably have a lot of the longer life ingredients used in the recipes in your fridge/larder already.
This is definitely one of the more interesting pan-Asian cookery books I've found recently mostly due to there being so few concessions made to changing the recipes for English cooks. Because of this, it's possibly not a good first purchase for someone who has only just decided it's time to experiment with cooking something beyond noodles with "Chinese style stir-in sauce", but if you're a confident cook or have done some Chinese (Thai/Malaysian/Japanese etc.) cooking before, this book is highly recommended.
The recipes are varied and easy to follow, and the writer manages to explain things clearly without patronising. There is a good mix of quick recipes for mid-week meals, and longer recipes that let me pootle round the kitchen for a couple of hours on a Sunday.
Several of the recipes use ingredients that are easily available from Chinese supermarkets, and there is a useful glossary and stockists list at the back of the book, as well as a guide to the different types of noodles and secret weapon ingredients which really demystified the recipes.
I’ve cooked the seafood ribbon noodles, Burmese stir-fried noodles, pickled ginger, Drunken Noodles, Dan Dan Mian, cold sesame noodles, Beef Pho, and Tom Yum Soup (though in the interests of full disclosure I left out the noodles from that one) and they were all cooked without disaster ensuing and delicious to eat.
if you know your cloud ear from your shiitake and your store cupboard already contains fish sauce, various soy sauces, a large array of whole spices, and you know where to get hold of the likes of fresh galangal, you'll love this book.
If not, be aware that these are authentic dishes. That doesn't make them difficult but many of the ingredients are are not to be found in a provincial supermarket and few substitutions are suggested; It is not difficult to get hold of exotic ingredients these days thanks to the Internet but if you have no experience of Far Eastern cooking you might find this book a slightly daunting, not to mention expensive place to start.
However, luckily I wanted a book about noodles and this suited me perfectly with a wide variety of international noodle recipes. I have tried several already and will continue to work my way through.
This book has given me inspiration in a lot of ways - after trying out a dozen recipes or so it's now shown me how to cook with noodles. Now I'm free to experiment with a lot of confidence in my newly-learned techniques.
It's an excellent reference guide, all the recipes are easy to follow, most are appropriate for mid-week cooking and able to be produced in under 30 minutes. Perfect for anyone wishing to extend their repertoire.
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