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Correct way cooking instant noodles

April 13th 2007 04:15

Ah... Instant noodles, it's bad for health, counting the calories and the sodium and MSG inside, but in the busy cities of most countries, and with the way how marketing side is promoting, instant noodles has become quite a norm to the society.

I know many may disagree that we should continue to consume instant noodles, but when we just can't avoid having a quick fill of the stomach and ahead with the rush of assignments we have in hand, there are some tips and reminders you need to know about cooking instant noodles.

Normally, we cook the instant noodles byputting the noodles into a pot with water, throw in the powder and let it cook for 3 mins.

Believe it or not, this is the WRONG method of cooking the instant noodles.

By doing this, when we actually boil the ingredients in the powder, normally with MSG, it will change the molecular structures of the MSG causing it to be toxic. The other thing that you may or may not realized is that, the noodles are coated with wax and it will take around 4 to 5 days
for the body to excrete the wax after you have taken the noodles.

The Correct Way
which you may or may not know

1. boil the noodles in a pot with water.

2. once the noodles is cooked, take out the noodles, and throw away the water which contains wax.

3. boil another pot of water till boiling and put the noodles into the hot boiling water and then shut the fire.

4. only at this stage when the fire is off, and while the water is very hot, put the ingredient with the powder into the water, to make noodle soup.

5. however, if you need dry noodles, take out the noodles n add the ingredient with the powder and toss it to get dry noodles.

Hope this piece of information is of importance to your health in relation to eating instant noodles and please apply this cooking method with immediate effect.
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Comment by Anonymous

April 13th 2007 08:34
oh gosh... I love instant noodles...

I have to be careful and try to remember and do what you suggested.

Thanks for reminding!


Comment by Nickoftime's Sanity Corner

April 13th 2007 22:24
Noodles?? Did someone say..NOODLES!!?? Ok I'm there! lol..great post, you know of course that you're making my mind fat just reading this lol

Take care,


Comment by Jessicca

April 17th 2007 05:49
hi Lay-In

It's true. Yesterday I tried the cooking method suggested and yea you can see all the waxy feeling you have from the first boiled water.

I tried to put the flavour after switching off the fire, but it's really hard to disolve. hahahaha

Thanks for putting your comments here. Have a blessed day!

Comment by Jessicca

April 17th 2007 06:47
Hi Nick,

Lol.... glad you found this article interesting. ^_^

Have a blessed day and thank you for dropping by!

Comment by Manda

April 17th 2007 21:28
wow I didn't know that's a great tip! Thanks!

Comment by Jessicca

April 18th 2007 00:38
Hi Manda!

It's been a while since I saw you active in orble land. Great to see you again. ^_^

Yes, now I am doing my best to keep following the tip suggested. It's a bit hassle, but for the sake of prevention better than cure, I'd do my best to stick to it whenever I need a quick feeling of instant noodles.

Thank you so much for stopping by. ^_^

Have a blessed day

Comment by Anonymous

April 18th 2007 04:58
Really Long Link

This is not true!! Yes, instant noodles is not the healthiest, but let's stop spreading the madness.

Comment by Jessicca

April 18th 2007 06:01
Thanks for the link anonymous, very informative!

Yet it is always better to be safe than sorry.

True that in some way it is rediculous that noodles are coated with some wax, but I do realise that there's a lot of oil coated to prevent them from sticking to each other.

So, folks, you can continue to enjoy your instant noodles without the hassle steps, but do remember that MSG contents changes when it reaches 100 degC (boiling point).

I can't remember the changes, but it isn't too good for health.

Comment by Manda

April 19th 2007 03:51
Yeah, I know I have been away for a while...But I always enjoy your posts!

Comment by Always Eighteen

April 22nd 2007 02:12
I eat migoreng all the time! thanks for the tips, this is really helpful.

Comment by Josh Chua

April 22nd 2007 07:28
As a biologist, this claim is entirely unfounded.
MSG does NOT become toxic from heat. Chemically that's impossible.
And wax does not take 5 days, it is passed out at the same rate as the fibers in your diet. Furthermore, wax is not harmful in normal amounts, there are various candies that are wax based, and wax-based non-toxic crayons that children chew on. It is scientifically impossible to get wax to stick on the walls of intestines.
You don't have to listen to me, talk to any doctor or biologist - internet hoaxes that spread like wild fire is quite an impressive feather in the hat for their creators.

Comment by Jessicca

April 23rd 2007 05:54
hi Josh Chua,

Thank you so much for clarifying the misunderstandings of wax and MSG.

It still boils down to the health concious when they come to instant noodles. But I suppose such a hoax started to probably trying to boycott instant noodles, who knows?

I agree with your on your point of Internet chain letters, as it is so easy to send out information with just a click these days.

Have a blessed day

Comment by charliesgirl_992000

April 23rd 2007 18:52
my teens practically live on these needles. we never put the powder in while were good on that, but we did not know the part of getting rid of that juice. cool info here!!!
Thanks Tammy

Comment by Jessicca

April 24th 2007 01:16
Hi Tammy,

There have been accusations about this post as a hoax, but I retained it as I believe that somewhere some part, the message was to let us know about a suggestion of cooking instant noodles.

Honestly, most chinese soup based noodles do cook their noodles in hot water and the soup based is in another pot.

It may not contain wax, of even it has, safe wax, but the excess amount of consuming it is undeniable health hazzardous. I too only knew about this not very long ago and I do my best to remember to cook it in the good-old-fashion chinese way.

Thank you so much for stopping by. ^_^ Hope to see more of your works soon.

Comment by Anonymous

May 3rd 2007 22:00
I tried this today. After boiling the noodles the first time and removing them I noticed that some kind of clear residue was left behind in the water they'd been boiled in. It resembled large skinflakes or dandruff floating on the surface, but much less opaque. The noodles, when wet, also had an oily, greasy feel. After the second round of boiling I didn't notice any residue in the water. The noodles I tried this with were Mr. Noodles packaged noodles, not the kind in a styrofoam cup.

After trying this methd the noodles did taste different, and for the better. It may have been because they were a lot softer than I usually eat them after two rounds of boiling. Thanks for the tip. Naysayers should try it out and see what results they get before dismissing it.

Comment by Nickoftime's Sanity Corner

May 3rd 2007 22:35

wow, I eat that stuff all the time and I never do the second boil or the second wonder they sorta taste like crap all the time! *snicker*

But as for Josh's statement, I agree with most of it, but not with one wax can't hurt ya unless you go around eating candles...but MSG is quite another matter...

MSG can't possibly be good for ya, cause if it were, I wouldn't get a queasy tummy and the trots every time I eat any type of Asian food in a place that doesn't advertise the fact that MSG is NOT used in any of it's dishes...

I used to wonder why my guts always got a tad grippy, and after a couple of years of hittin the Pepto bottle after every trip to my favorite Asian diner, I finally asked my doc about it...

He said that MSG is highly irritating to the stomach as well as to the protective lining of the intestines...

When you ingest enough of it over a period of time, (according to him now mind you), it corrodes that protective layer, irritates the stomach and the bowels and makes them spasm...

The body is tryna get rid of that irritant the only way it knows purging...

My doc's also a damned fine chemist too, so I'm leanin towards the fact that his take on the subject of MSG may also have some validity...

But thanks for your input Joshua, and you're also right about the whole Internet urban legend thingy...I've heard some whoppers I tell ya!

Now where are my damned chopsticks?? All this talk about noodles is makin me hungry for some pansit! LOL

Later compadres!


Comment by Bing

October 10th 2007 11:52
5. however, if you need dry noodles, take out the noodles and add the ingredient with the powder and toss it to get dry noodles.

i don't understand this

Comment by Jessicca

October 18th 2007 04:24
Hi Nickoftime,

I can understand the "wax issue" floating around the Internet, but there is some sense to it, although it is not "wax", the oil substance that "pre-cook" instant noodles may give harm to our human body especially for those trans-fats. They are not entirely healthy fats and should be consumed as less as possible, so the cooking stages could help minimising the effect. ^_^

As for MSG, it is quite common in many dishes, especially Asian food, but many have problems when it is not used properly (amount wise and cooking methods wise). Flavour it is and it also depends what is the source of the MSG, some are tapioca extracts, others added with Chicken essence, etc.

Hi Bing,
Instant noodles cooking method for part (5) explanation:
Noodles can be served soupy or dried. If you are serving dried noodles (no soup but still have some sauce in it), then you can use 1/3 of the instant mix (which makes the soup) with the noodle, after you initially boiled.
i. boil the noodles
ii. pour the water away, place the noodles on a plate
iii. put some sesame seed oil, or garlic oil.
iv. Use the instant soup mix (1/3 or 1/2 packet if you want stronger taste)
or soy sauce, a dice of sugar and pepper if you do not want to use the instant noodle soup mix.

Optional: add black soy sauce for darker texture colouring.

There are some instant noodles sold specially for serving dry, instead of serving soupy. You can read the directions to learn more.

Hope this helps.

* * *

So sorry I have been really busy moving to a new place and have been sick due to physical pain (too much heavy lifting). I'll try to start posting more articles soon!


Comment by Anonymous

December 27th 2007 06:55
Instant noodles do not contain any wax. Noodle strands do not stick together because of cassava or potato starch, one of its main ingredients (alongside other natural ingredients like wheat flour, palm oil and salt). Starch is what gives instant noodles its smooth texture and chewy bite. Its removal will cause clumping among the strands.

Comment by Anonymous

December 29th 2007 04:58
This article is BS there is no wax on the noodles. It is the oil that the noodles are processed in (ussually palm oil or other high trans fat oil) that may seem like wax in the water when cooked. Also MSG does not change in the boiling water to become toxic. They are however an unhealthy food item due to the high saturated fat content and sodium. Next time you are cooking them take a look a the label and you can ussually double the saturated fat and sodium it as typically one package has 2 servings.

Comment by Anonymous

January 4th 2008 01:42
MSG doesn't change when the water reaches boiling point as its own melting point is at 225℃.

Comment by Anonymous

April 15th 2008 07:44
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Comment by Anonymous

May 28th 2008 04:11
This looks good enough for me, and very true, after 2nd boil the noodles are not only softer they are smoother.

May be try not to boil too long in both rounds and if you are onto a more chewy sensation, try 2 quick rounds of boiling and then run the noodles under cold clean water for a sec or 2. then you put back into the soup (or as Jessicca said, mix it with ingredients on a plate to serve as dry noodle), you will have another new experience in eating noodles!

Great info. Keep it up!

Comment by ~M~

August 20th 2008 19:10
WOW!!! Great stuff I learned from this page THX so much everyone!!! I luv instant noodles and the wax ant stuff seem gone to me!

Bye for now!!

Comment by ~M~

August 20th 2008 19:10
WOW!!! Great stuff I learned from this page THX so much everyone!!! I luv instant noodles and the wax ant stuff seem gone to me!

Bye for now!!

Comment by Anonymous

April 12th 2009 16:08
whatever you eat, later it will be shit
so no matter how u cook,i doesn't affect too much
keep eating noodles with your own way

Comment by Anonymous

June 27th 2010 02:50
One thing to think about when buying instant noodles is that palm oil is unhealthy. The palm oil industry contibutes to the deforestation of Indonesia and Malaysia, including the possible extinction of one of the great apes; the Orangutan. Instant noodles taste really good, but maybe it is worth eating the ones that are less destructive.

Comment by Anonymous

July 31st 2010 05:54
Just use the noodles, the trick with the waters goes without saying. Usually it's about the pre-boiled noodles. It's easy and still fast to replace the flavor and oil pack/s with fresh herbs and veggies: to clean and chop onions, peppers, leak and salad can be done while the noodles are getting ready. Certainly you should not eat instant stuff 3 times a day at all. When allergic just forget about this stuff in the first way.

Whatsoever FRESH stuff always is healthier than anything else.

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