BitterSweet

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Noodling Around

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Food is so central to most celebrations, and especially auspicious times like the Chinese New Year. Falling on the 26th this year, it was a scramble to figure out some way to celebrate, after getting caught up in so many different classes and events. Considering how hectic these past days have been and how much I still want to accomplish, it only made sense to make noodles. Long noodles are meant to ensure a long life, you see, and I’ll need all the time I can get to finish my never ending to-do list!

Not just any noodles would do though, and not even homemade pasta seemed special enough this time. Cracking open Johnny Iuzzini’s book for the first time, I started in winter to match with the current season, and there it was: The first recipe of the first tasting, Citrus Salad with Calamansi Noodles. Having never even seen a real calamansi lime before, I fell back on Johnny’s suggestion to use a mixture of orange, lemon, and lime juice instead of the puree. All that was necessary was substituting a combination of agar and locust bean gum for the gelatin, and voila- Citrus noodles! A resounding success.

Plated with brioche croutons, segments of tangerines and blood oranges, plus a quick chiffonade of fresh mint (finding micro green shiso leaves locally was out of the question) and a sprinkle of sesame seeds, it was such a light and refreshing dessert! So very different from any traditional noodle one might think of, but I think I might like it even more because of that.

Happy Lunar New Year- Here’s to a long, productive, and creative life!

Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

33 thoughts on “Noodling Around

  1. You are crazy Hannah (in a good way), I love your creations. This looks yummy!

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  2. OOO la la homemade noodles in a cirtcis salad!? I need to get more festive about cooking all year round, even on the lesser noticed holidays! :)

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  3. wow a nice and original dessert

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  4. So Beautiful and Unique, I love it.

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  5. Spectacular. I wouldn’t have imagined that for dessert, but I bet it was delicious.

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  6. hannah!
    what a cool post. I love that you are adept at using agar and locust bean gum! Right on. Being an adventurous vegan is becoming a bit like being a food scientist. So cool. Also, I blogged about calamansi limes last year. They are amazing. I bought them at the asian farmer’s market in San Francisco, & hadn’t ever heard of them before. I really fell in love and I wish they were more readily available. I think I save some seeds to see about trying to grow a tree… but I”m not sure if I still have them.
    :) Amey

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  7. What an interesting idea for a dessert! It has photographed beautifully. I’d love to know more about how you made the noodles.

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  8. These look interesting. I really want to make homemade noodles. The brioche croutons sound perfect. Wow.

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  9. That salad looks delicious! You make the most amazing things. Your photography is also incredible. I wish I could taste all of your wonderful creations. By the way, I love the chef you mention.

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  10. I know what you mean about a never-ending to-do list! I’m glad you found time to make such a gorgeous meal to celebrate the new year. :)

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  11. Wow, this is so creative. Very cool.

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  12. Another awesome post Hannah!

    Okay, so please dish about the locust bean gum. Is it similar to using a starch with agar to slightly soften the crisp gel? I’m so curious about uses for it.

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  13. Beautiful! Happy Chinese New Year!

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  14. Gorgeous pics as usual!!!

    Cheers,
    Kristen

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  15. Lovely idea, excellent presentation and great photo! And good grief the 26th is tomorrow. Gotta dig out those noodles!!! Thanks a bunch.

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  16. Noodles are fantastic, they are always my favourite. But making them from scratch – yours look really great!

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  17. Incredible – My first visit to your blog and I love it!

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  18. this is looks so lovely. Noodles is a sign of long life. And I do miss using calamansi. Happy new Year!!

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  19. neat! these sound yummy. i do so love noodles of all kinds.

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  20. Wow, so pretty and unusual!

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  21. Ooh, I’ve always wanted to try making noodles, but never actually have. I thought I’d just leave it to those fearless Italian cooks. But you have inspired me! One day (hopefully soon!) I shall attempt to make noodles :)

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  22. Wow, this looks delicious and intriguing, and having just discovered the joy that is agar, this is definitely something I am going to be experimenting with in the near future!

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  23. This looks so nice and colorful. I keep pushing back my desire to make noodles from scratch, and this sounds so unique. Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Gorgeous beyond words!!!

    Happy Lunar New Year to you too!!

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  25. hannah, your noodle are gorgeous but at first glance i thought they were those… what you you call ’em? (we don’t eat ’em)…. cheesestrings. do you know what i’m talking about, they’re marketed as kids’ snacks?
    i really see the need for citrus is the winter – we need those warm colours when the world outside is so much greyer.

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  26. This is fabulous, Hannah!

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  27. Hannah this was such a great idea! you are so creative!!!

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  28. Very creative! Are you going to start making fruit caviar too?

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  29. Thank you for the helpful information. I bookmarked your site, and I hope you keep up the good work on making your blog a success!

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