1/4 cup cocoa powder*
2 Tbsp granulated sugar**
1tsp Vanilla extract (essence will be fine)
- Roll the dough through your pasta machine if you have one or simply roll out with a rolling pin and using a pizza cutter cut out strips of pasta.
- When you are ready cook the chocolate pasta for about 6 mins*** in unsalted boiling water, drain and serve.
**I used confectioner's sugar instead, thinking it might make my dough a bit smoother.
***Mine only needed about a minute of cooking time.
I think I must not have gotten the mixture right here, as my pasta was not nearly as elasticky as it should be. When I tried to pass it through the pasta maker, it broke and crumbled a lot, and on the thinnest setting it just shredded. However, I did manage to get enough through it to get some decent noodles, even if they aren't very long!
Strawberry season in Hanoi is from November sometime to February-ish. I tend to do all of my fruit and vegetable shopping in the market outside my door, and I haven't seen anyone selling strawberries there (or anywhere) for a few weeks now. I wasn't sure how I was going to do this, until I saw a can of strawberries in one of the imported food shops. Obviously I would always prefer fresh strawberries, so I was pretty disappointed that this was the way I'd have to go, but I was running out of options!
Then, on the very day I was planning to make this, I was riding my bicycle out of the parking lot of my last grocery stop, on my way home to make my chocolate spaghetti, when there, just on the side of the road, was a lady with a basket full of fresh strawberries on the back of her bicycle. Imagine my surprise! It was meant to be! Not only that, but she was selling them off cheaper than I'd ever seen! I bought a kilo and brought them home. Plenty will be going in my freezer!
|A Vietnamese mobile fruit seller.|
Strawberry White Wine Sauce
I made a much smaller amount of this sauce than the recipe on Sage Recipes, so here's what I did:
about 20 small strawberries
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp lime juice (to taste)
a tiny splash of corn starch dissolved in water
1. Put the white wine, strawberries, and sugar in a pot and cook until the sugar is dissolved and the strawberries are getting soft.
2. Taste, and if it's too sweet, add lime juice.
3. Add corn starch (in water) a little bit at a time until it thickens.
I've made strawberry sauce dozens of times before, but always with water instead of wine. I didn't notice the difference, so save the wine for drinking!
I topped the dish with slivered almonds for a bit of crunch, and grated white chocolate on top. (Does it look like cheese?)
Honestly, I didn't like this. I didn't even finish eating it. It looks pretty and the spaghetti smelled like chocolate but it didn't TASTE chocolatey at all, and the texture was like...well, like spaghetti. It just wasn't right, and was pretty disappointing after my excitement at making it. But, now I know, and if I hadn't made it, I would always wonder! The strawberry sauce, however, was delicious and I saved what remained to have on pancakes!
If anyone is inspired by this and tries it, or something similar, please let me know how it turns out!