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N is for Noodles #BlogchatterA2Z

“You made nothing else? Noodles are not food!” Imagine getting this sceptical retort after serving the labour of our love in a fancy dish with thoughtful presentation et al. The new generation, me and my brother, looked incredulously at the older one, Dad, and then bowed our heads low to hide our dismay. Mom quietly marched into the kitchen to quickly make khichdi for him, her “I told you so” loud enough to made Dad’s eyes flare even more.

Noodles are typically long strands of dough that are cooked in boiling water. They are then tossed together with sauces and ingredients of our choice. Both Italian and Chinese cuisines lay claim to its origin, although their tastes vary to a great extent. Italian noodles or pasta (spaghetti and other types) use olive oil, mild spices and are rich in cheese. Chinese noodles, alternatively, put greater emphasis on use of tangy spices and are prepared in a wok on high flame.

Maggi were the only noodles known to us back when we were kids. It was easy to get fantasised with the catchy jingle, the process of elegantly breaking the cube into two, mixing the masala and magically have this awesome dish ready for us in two minutes. We ate healthy otherwise; hence this junk food was our occasional precious reward. I must however confess that I never took to it like other kids my age. I found it sticky and rubbery. Yes, it’s true! 🙂

Chinese Hakka noodles made an appearance in our lives when I was in college. Exclusive Chinese food joints swiftly sprung up in every nook and corner of our city, making us all the more curious. They offered never-heard-before dishes like Veg. Manchurian, Schezwan rice, Chinese bhel etc that sounded deliciously exotic. The only catch was the sharp smell and smoke that made me cough and my eyes water. Also, they went a bit overboard with garlic and soy sauce. 🙁

Mom’s excellent culinary expertise and James Bond-like detective skills decoded their secret in no time. She not only found the right recipes but also learned to make all sauces at home. She smartly increased the vegetable quantity to lessen the unhealthy flour noodles consumption. Only the required amount of oil was used while MSG was replaced with regular salt. Just like that, she managed to make Chinese food healthier and tastier, at home. Her cooking skills have brushed off on me too, I believe. Alright, may be only a few? 😉

Interestingly, of all the Italian pastas spaghetti noodles are my least favourite. Their thick and slippery texture makes them tricky to handle (or may be I need a grooming lesson in it 🙁 ). This doesn’t imply that I don’t dig into them though. I love the generous olive oil drizzle and yum Parmesan cheese garnish on them. I’ve dared to try my hand at making them and have chosen to delegate the job to an expert since. One cannot make everything now, can we? 😛

Instant or otherwise, noodles are a temptation that is tough to resist. Healthier options like rice, semolina etc. noodles are easily available now which are good for some guilt-free binging. Noodle lovers don’t really need any excuse, do they? 🙂

Are you a noodles fan too? Which ones do you like more? Do tell me.

This post is written for #BlogchatterA2Z and #AtoZChallenge for April 2019

17 thoughts on “N is for Noodles #BlogchatterA2Z

  1. N for noodles… Wah! True that younger generation is crazy for these and can have it anytime. But i think i am the one who goes with your dad’s choice… Khichdi ?

  2. Truly said for our generation, Maggie was synonymous to noodles…… Luckily I have had authentic chinese noodles in Honkong n Singapore. I loved them in thai flavours also. At home I have tried noodles of jowar n rice flour also. In August 2016 I enjoyed our Maggie in Ladakh very much.

  3. we were one of those who stacked maggi when it was banned, everyone in my family loves noodles, so at least one a week I make hakka noodles or chowmine for sure. Amazing storyline. i like reading your blogs.

  4. Noodles, yeay! They are my go-to food when I want a treat but don’t want to be overwhelmed. There’s a lovely Chinese place in my neighbourhood that makes them the way they should be made (read without entire containers of spices emptied into them) 😛

    P.S. I love spaghetti! But I too haven’t gotten around to perfecting the art of cooking it yet. Practice makes perfect, I guess. 🙂

  5. Now I know you get your exceptional culinary skills from your mom. Also, I realise our favourite food items are sumo much the same, I come here everyday to drool 🙂

  6. I love noodles and they can be a healthy option too, given they are nicely cooked at home. And i don’t mind fornight binge on maggie:)

  7. Who doesn’t love noodles? we all have grown up eating it all the time. I had an uncle who passed away recently and he used to cook some amazing stuff with maggi on it. Those are all happy memories.

  8. I am a loyal fan of maggi and pasta…but i dont mind garlic noodles once in a while. Your posts always leave me hungry.

  9. I have never been a big fan of noodles but my husband loves it so much that I have good t a liking to it too. Enjoying reading your food fables. Waiting to know what comes next.

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