In November 2014, I was introduced to this machine called the Philips Noodle Maker. Since then I have been playing around with it quite a bit. I also happen to be making more noodles last night. So it’s time for a round up of the experience I have with the Philips Noodle Maker so far.
Many people are asking, should I buy it? The other questions that everyone asks is, is it easy to clean? Let me answer the questions in this post.
Getting the first feel of the Philips Noodle Maker:
Like a kid getting a new toy, this was pretty amusing. This was not even at home yet. It was in an office and I was there to see a demo.
We have been taught never to play with food, but we broke all the rules, trying to see if we can break this machine. It’s a fully automated machine that doesn’t require you to do anything else after putting in the flour and liquid.
We tried to be clever and tried to shove more dough in. We even took the noodles and try to push it back in for a second round, to see if it wrecks the machine (since it’s not my set). It passed the test rather well. No, these noodles though made from edible stuff, it was for us to experiment, we did not cook it.
Using the Philips Noodle Maker for the first time at home:
Making your own noodles ensure there’s no preservatives or additives in it.
If you want to go further, you can choose organic wholemeal to make your noodles.
There are 4 different moulding disc that are provided. This is the angel hair disc. I like angel hair, so this is the most used disc at home.
This is a simple dinner. I happened to have some basil flowering in my pot that is growing by the kitchen window. So I used it to garnish it. It’s not that difficult.
Is it worth it to get the Philips Noodle Maker?
- If you are a great noodle eater, yes! You can make all kinds of noodles yourself.
- If you particular about the texture of your noodles, yes! You can control how you want the noodles to come out.
- If you are particular in what you feed your family. Yes. It’s definitely healthier than having instant noodles. Some mums I know prepare portions of everything in advance and freeze it. The fresh noodles and ready ‘healthy accompaniment’ is a good idea for some.
- If you don’t always cook at home, then don’t get it. You would probably not be using it.
- If you hate gadgets, don’t get it. It’s simple enough but some people just can’t deal with gadgets. I know such people. Just use a rolling pin and knife to make your noodles.
What is the best way to clean the Philips Noodle Maker?
The best way is not to clean the machine immediately. When I first got the machine, I thought that I might as well clean it up right away after the noodles are out. Wrong move. Very wrong move.
Wet dough mixed with water gets so so gooey. So if you clean it straight away, you would have cursed and think who invented this thing? It’s so so hard to clean. Then I remembered someone telling me, wait till next day then clean it.
So on the last times after I used it, I left it one or two days before I cleaned it. Everything becomes so much easier. You can use your hand to rub the dough off the different parts of the machine. Yes, rubbing it off. The main mixer is made of metal and it’s non stick, you can really rub it off. The other plastic parts are also easy to clean when the dough is dry.
The noodles dries up the next morning and it’s like crispy mamee snacks!
This was the morning after. You can just use your hands to gently push it off.
For the bigger discs, they have a cover that you can close it and it pushes everything out. For angel hair, they also give you something to clean up the holes. If you leave it till it’s dry, cleaning it is super easy.
The other side of the disc. Wait will it’s dry, you can lift this whole dough out!
- I am wondering if I can make muruku with this machine! It looks possible, but I wonder if it’s easy to do it. I might want to air fry it instead of deep frying it.
- I am also wondering if I can use cooked flour to make desserts out of it. Just like how Snow Skin Mooncakes are made with cooked flour, it would be interesting to make desserts using this machine.
- Get the Lasagna disc from the ‘sister’ pasta machine from other regions. I want to make fresh lasagna instead of using the dried sheets. I read that the lasagna disc can also be used to make wonton skin.
If you want to find out about the technicalities and specifications, the official Philips website has all the details. I am just describing my experience here.
Note: No monetary compensation was received. I received the Philips Noodle Maker to play around give my thoughts about it.