Quick Tips To Prevent Noodles From Sticking Together
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We all share a passion for Chinese cuisine, and Indians particularly enjoy the Indo-Chinese variation of it as comfort food. What could possibly be tastier than a bowl of steaming hot Chowmein with some veggie broth? And come to think of it, noodles are actually not unhealthy. In Chowmein, noodles can be either soft or crispy. Cabbage, carrots, and bean sprouts are some of the frequently added vegetables. But if you want non-veg Chowmein, you can also include chicken, pork, or tofu. Topping it off with some soy sauce, vinegar, and oyster sauce is like a cherry on the cake. If you are a Chinese food lover, street-style Chowmein will definitely be your weakness. The street-style Chowmein is loaded with veggies, sauces, and a few Indian spices and is cooked in an Indo-Chinese way. But then it may not be good for your health, because of the oils it’s cooked in. You can always cook noodles at home if you know the right way to do so. However, we frequently run into the issue of their being lumpy and sticky, making it very impossible to replicate the flavour of the thela walla Chowmein. The way they are boiled holds the key to those beautiful noodles. Yes, your work is halfway done if you know how to precisely cook the noodles. 

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1. Do not break the noodle slab if you want to have restaurant-like stringy noodles.

2. In a big saucepan, put 6 glasses of water to boil over medium flame. 

3. Add a half-teaspoon of salt and oil once it has reached the boiling point.

4. Gently swirl the noodles into the boiling water for three minutes to help them soften. 

5. Turn off the gas when the noodles are 70% done rather than waiting until they are completely boiling. 

6. Avoid overcooking it since the noodles may start to bloat.

7. When the noodles begin to separate from one another, it is time to remove them from the saucepan. 

8. After turning off the gas, pour the noodles onto a strainer to remove the extra water. Ensure that it is entirely dry.

9. To prevent sticky noodles, add 4 cups of cold water to the noodles and drain them again. Be careful not to break the noodles while doing this.

10. Once this is done, heat a skillet and add a few drops of oil before adding the cooked noodles. By doing this, you can prevent your noodles from sticking for a longer time.