I had a recipe that called for rice noodles (thickness of linguine) to be soaked in warm water for 15 to 30 minutes. I took "warm" to mean "not boiling", so I heated some water in the microwave and poured it over the noodles.
Thirty minutes later, the noodles were still too crunchy. I added more heated water and waited 15 more minutes. Exact same texture as before. I got frustrated and microwaved the noodles in the water for 1 minute. Exact same texture. Two minutes. Exact same texture. Finally, I got frustrated and microwaved it for five minutes. Finally, the noodles were soft enough to eat.
So were the instructions wrong, or is there something else weird going on?
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