Sauce Pan Method - Prepare the Noodles as mentioned at the back of the pack. Drain and Keep aside to use. Make sure to cook them slightly al-dente in case you are prepping them in advance so that when you give them a hot water bath, they do not turn mushy. Although it is recommended to cook them fresh before serving dan dan noodles. Therefore, if possible prepare the noodles the last before you sit down for the meal. And prep everything else in advance.
Hot Water Bath - Bring a pot of water to rolling boil. Switch off the heat. Add the noodles to it and quickly drain them. This will heat up the noodles as needed.
Instant Pot Method - 2 things to monitor when cooking noodles or spaghetti in Instant Pot - Water Quantity & Timing.
Add the noodles or spaghetti to the inner pot of IP. Break the noodles/spaghetti lengthwise into half if required. Place inner pot in IP. Plug it in.
How much water for Instant Pot Noodles/Spaghetti? - The rule of thumb is - Add water to the level of the noodles/spaghetti. But in this recipe, you can add more water if you want for this recipe, since it can be drained later as no other ingredients are added at this point.
How long to cook noodles in IP? - Read the cooking/time instructions at the back of noodles packet. Chinese noodles have short cooking time, usually 3-5 minutes. Therefore, for 3 minute instruction, Press the PRESSURE COOK mode and set it on high for 1 minute. If it is 5 minutes, then set for 2 minutes on high. As the time gets over, follow QPR (quick pressure release) and drain the noodles immediately in a sieve to get rid of any extra liquid.
How long to cook Spaghetti in IP? - Most of the Spaghetti have cooking time between 11-13 minutes. if it says 11 minutes, then set it on Pressure cook mode on high for 5 minutes. And in case of 13 minutes, set it for 6 minutes. Once the time is up, follow QPR (quick pressure release). Drain any excess water.
Once the noodles are ready, set them aside preferably in a warm ceramic bowl.