Glass Noodle Stir Fry With Crab Soy Free Fresh Prepared Asian Fried Salted Crabs On Glnoodles
PASTA SECRET #1: ATTITUDE Attitude is the most important aspect. We should give the greatest attention and focus to our cooking and not get distracted by other things. PASTA SECRET #2: THE WATER THE POT AND THE SALT To cook pasta we need only four things: good attitude good water good salt and good pasta. Always use a large and deep pot. No shallow or small pan for boiling pasta. The best ones are those wonderful stainless steel beauties with a very thick bottom. Puts lots of water to boil. Even if you are going to cook just for yourself a quick "spaghettata" always use at least 1 quart of water. You need 1 quarter for each 100 gr of pasta. If the water from your sink taste too much of chlorine you may want to buy a good filtration system for your kitchen. It is worth it! Regarding the salt you need 10 grams per each quarter of water in the pot. Always salt the cooking water. If salt must be eliminated for health reasons then maybe you should stick to rice for the time being. Salt is a must.
You need to buy rock sea salt possibly harvested from the Mediterranean sea. PASTA SECRET #3: PASTA BUT ONLY THE RIGHT ONE! Pasta of course must need to be made only with 100% Durum Semolina but that is not enough. The serious pasta lover distinguishes pasta from pasta. Buy only imported Italian pasta and make sure it is made in Italy (the pasta package could say "Imported from Italy" but actually made somewhere else). Do not trust huge companies like Barilla that actually make their pasta locally. Their quality is not the same. Also do not trust a packaged pasta just because it has an Italian name. Check that the package reads "Made in Italy". Use the best pasta available. I recommend you look for Italian favourites like De Cecco or Voiello that you can find at your local grocery store or supermarket.
Specifically well salted boiling water. How much water depends on how much pasta you are cooking. Plenty of water is best but even if you are limited to a small pan do not fret all your pasta needs is salted boiling water. In a perfect world a large oversized pot would be best. But if you are cooking lets say a pound of pasta for a group to enjoy even an eight cup/two quart pan will do just fine. Yes eight cups or two quarts of water will do the trick for a pound of pasta. Bring the water to the highest boil you can and leave it at that temperature. Add enough salt (I recommend sea salt for both flavor and mineral content) so that you can just taste it in the water. Too much salt is as bad as too little salt. Once the water is boiling fiercely add the pasta and stir it briskly in the pan until it comes to a boil once again. Here is an old professional pasta cooking trick for when you are cooking any type of spaghetti or long pasta. Break the pasta in half before dropping it into the pan. Not only will it fit perfectly but it will cook evenly. You are not waiting for the pasta to cook and bend itself into the pan which can take over a minute. Your pasta will have the same perfect Al Dente (firm slightly hard slightly crunchy) texture all the way through. In addition it is Much Easier to eat. It also takes on sauces much better than foot long plus pasta. Most pasta packages recommend that you cook the pasta for a certain number of minutes.