Today I want to tell you about my new favourite kitchen appliance. One that makes fresh 2-ingredient noodles in just about 8 minutes – from scratch! Seems like a dream? Too good to be true? Not with the Philips HR2358/06 Pasta And Noodle Maker. This powerful machine with its automatic mixing, kneading and extruding produces half a kilo of fresh pasta or noodles in 15 minutes. The four different discs that come with the machine make noodles/spaghetti, linguini, penne and sheets. Can you imagine the possibilities? Gluten free noodles, vegan pasta, colourful veggie juice spiked dumpling sheets and so much more! I am so excited! To celebrate the Philips collaboration with the Night Noodle Markets in Sydney, I decided to create my forever favourite Dan -Dan Noodles with this amazing machine – but a vegetarian mushroom version!
One of the first things that struck me about the machine was how sleek and stylish it was. I was expecting it to be much bigger but the compact size and the white colour was perfect on my benchtop. The Philips Pasta and Noodle Maker is very easy to use. You just pop in the flour using the measuring cups it comes with, turn on the machine and choose a program (either 300g or 600g pasta/noodles). You then add the liquid through the fluid feeder as the machine mixes and kneads and then wait for a couple of minutes to receive the first lot of noodles/pasta. Depending on the disc you have attached (I am using the noodle/spaghetti disc) the pasta is extruded and you can cut it into the desired length using their handy cutting tool as the pasta is being churned out.
The pasta/noodles can be made ahead of time and stored in a sealed glass container in the fridge for up to 3 days. I love this even more because it means that I can have fresh pasta prepped for the week in the weekend and can make absolutely any combination of healthy veggie flavoured pastas and noodles without any additives or nasties. The pasta machine is also very easy to clean as the whole mixing component comes apart for a quick wash in the sink (easier than building a little Lego model!)
So, one of the first things I made was Spelt noodles. I made them with egg but you could easily make these without and your dish would be vegan-friendly. The colour of the fresh spelt noodles was something to behold. A beautiful burnished bronze that was rustic and wholesome. I decided to create a vegetarian version of the notorious street food – Dan Dan Noodles. The hallmark of Chinese Sichuan cooking, Dan Dan Noodles or dan dan mian is a dish comprising of set-your-mouth-on-fire noodles in a spicy broth topped with mince pork. My version is 13-year-old-adventurous-kid friendly and still has enough kick to make you want to sip water through your meal. But it is vegetarian and healthier with a sauce that is as close to authentic as you will get with a list of readily available ingredients from your supermarket or Chinese grocer. If you want to make it the real deal increase the chilli oil in the sauce to half a cup (yikes!)
FOUR COMPONENTS OF DAN DAN NOODLES
- Chilli Oil
The chilli oil is key to this recipe. You want a chilli oil in a jar that has bits of dried chilli flakes and seeds swimming heavily throughout the dark rich red oil. Usually the ingredient list on an oil like this will state – sesame oil, chilli, spices, soy sauce, garlic, sugar etc etc. (a good brand is Lee Kum Lee) You DO NOT want a chilli oil that is just the red coloured oil in a tall bottle.
You want thin wheat or egg noodles that are usually found in stir-fries
The Dan Dan noodle sauce has a creamy texture that comes from Chinese sesame paste (something that is widely available in Chinese supermarkets). Chinese sesame paste is not the same as tahini and recipes that call for tahini as a substitute have to deal with tahini’s inherent bitter flavour. If you don’t have Chinese sesame paste, use smooth peanut butter instead. It is the closest in taste and texture to Chinese sesame paste.
Traditionally the protein is ground pork and you could also use chicken. But you have to try my mushroom version, it is incredibly more-ish and full of goodness. This component of the dish is created by stir-frying the protein with Su-Mi-Ya-Cai, traditional fermented mustard greens. A lot of recipes substitute with Chinese preserved turnips. Nowadays most Chinese grocers stock these products but I have a found a great everyday substitute – radish and black bean sauce. Although less authentic, finely chopped radish adds the required crunch and spicy bite to the stir-fry while the black bean sauce or paste adds the salty umami flavour that the dish needs.
DAN DAN NOODLE WORKFLOW
We cook a lot of Chinese at home and over years of repeatedly cooking Chinese we have learned the most important lesson of all – prep. Chinese cooking is all about the prep. Usually a dish will require 30 minutes of prep and 5 minutes of fast cooking in a hot sizzling wok. You not only need to prep your raw ingredients and sauce but also the garnishes and finishing elements.
For the Hot Mushroom Dan Dan Noodles, follow this process
- Prepare your Noodles first and foremost in the Phillips Pasta And Noodle Maker. Keep them covered.
- Prepare the sauce, pour it in a microwaveable container and keep it covered.
- Prepare the Mushroom stir-fry. Store in a microwaveable container and keep iot covered.
- Boil two pots of water – one deep saucepan for the noodles and another shallow frying pan for the greens.
- Lay out your serving bowls and have your garnishes on the ready.
- Cook the noodles in the saucepan and when they are done, add the greens to the shallow pan.
- Heat the sauce and mushroom mix in the microwave
- Drain and noodles and divide in serving bowls.
- Add hot sauce, mushrooms and greens from the pan.
- Garnish and enjoy hot!
If you cook and love the recipe, let me know what you think in the comment/rating below. Don’t forget to head to the Philips Kitchen at the Night Noodle Markets in Sydney until October 22 to try your hand at creating your own unique pasta and noodle creations using the Philips Pasta And Noodle Maker. For more information check out the Philips website. Scroll below to find out how to win this Philips Pasta And Noodle Maker.
A less spicy and vegetarian version of the notorious Sichuan Chinese Dan Dan Noodles. This feisty noodle bowl is made with mushroom and radish cooked in a spicy and creamy peanut butter based sauce. Heaped on homemade spelt noodles, this is a truly fantastic weeknight dinner recipe!
For The Spelt Noodles
- 300g spelt flour
- 95g liquid (1 egg + water)
For The Dan Dan Sauce
- ½ cup (125ml) water
- 2 tablespoons Chinese sesame paste (or smooth peanut butter)
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons chilli oil
- 2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine
- 2 tablespoons tamari (or light soy sauce)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
- 1 star anise
- 1/2 cinnamon stick
For The Mushroom Mix
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons grated ginger
- 200g white cup mushrooms, finely chopped
- 2 small radish, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons chilli oil
- 2 teaspoons black bean paste/sauce
- 2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine
- ½ cup roasted peanuts, crushed
- pan braised bok choy or Chinese greens
- chives, finely chopped
- extra chilli oil, to serve
- To prepare the spelt noodles, place flour in the mixing compartment of the Philips HR2358/06 Pasta And Noodle Maker. Turn the pasta maker on and select the 300g program and press start. Slowly add the egg and water mixture through the liquid feeder. Once the noodles are extruded, cut them into desired length using the cutting tool and curl them into a coil. Noodles can be made and stored in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- To prepare the Dan Dan sauce, heat water on medium in a small saucepan. Add all the sauce ingredients and mix well with a small balloon whisk or fork till sauce is smooth. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 8-10 minutes develop the flavours. Remove and set aside. Sauce can be quickly heated on the hob or in the microwave at the time of serving.
- To prepare the mushroom mix, heat sesame oil in a medium wok on high. Add garlic and ginger. Sauté for a few seconds. Add mushroom and radish. Toss and cook until mushrooms start sweating. Add chilli oil, black bean and Shaoxing wine. Cook tossing constantly until liquid is evaporated, mushrooms are plump and coated all over. Remove from heat and set aside.
- To cook the noodles, bring a pot of water to boil. Add the noodle coils and cook for approximately 3-5 minutes. Drain the hot water and rinse the noodles in cold water briefly to stop the cooking process. Place the still warm noodles in two shallow noodle bowls.
- Spoon the hot sauce over the noodles in the two bowls. Divide the mushroom mix between the two bowls and heap on top of the noodles. Top the noodles with steamed Asian greens, crushed peanuts and chives. Serve hot with extra chilli oil on the side.
Note – Thank you to Philips for partnering with Cook Republic and sponsoring this post and giveaway. All opinion and musings are my own.
Thanks to the lovely people at Philips, I have THIS fabulous compact Philips Pasta And Noodle Maker (HR2342/06) for one very lucky person! It is a slightly more compact version of the machine I have used in this post but almost the same – fully automatic and awesome!
TO WIN A PHILIPS VIVA COLLECTION PASTA AND NOODLE MAKER WORTH $279
– Giveaway runs until Sunday October 22nd, 2017. ONE (OMG, so lucky!) WINNER will be picked by Philips based on their creative answer and announced on the blog and Cook Republic Facebook page. So get your entries in now!
So many things that I would do,
With the Philips HR2342/06.
I would show all my friends my vegan noodle tricks.
First. A collection of dumpling skins.
Spinach, kale, sweet potato.
Second. A plate of pasta wins.
Top that with some tasty tomato.
And third, a course to pair with the gins;
Classic dark chocolate noodles served with gateau.
I’ve dreamed of using this Philips machine,
They even call me the noodle queen.
To win it now would be a dream.
So thank you for making me scream!
(With delight if I win )
Thank you for playing everyone, watch out for more giveaways soon! xx