Different Kinds Of Noodles You Probably Didn't Know About

Different Kinds Of Noodles You Probably Didn


Noodles, in all their numerous shapes, colors and textures form the basis of various Asian specialty dishes. Here's a low down on the different types of noodles you can use in your cooking.

Egg Noodles

Different Kinds Of Noodles You Probably Didn

One of the most common noodles used in Asian cuisine, these noodles are also known as Chinese egg noodles or E-fu noodles. Available in a variety of shapes — thick or thin, flat or round, fresh or dried, the main ingredients in these noodles are egg and wheat. They are perfect for a wide range of dishes including salads,soups and main course.

 

Ramen Noodles

Different Kinds Of Noodles You Probably Didn

The Japanese interpretation of the egg noodles, the long and curly ramen noodles are made from egg and wheat and dried to form a brick. Ramen noodles are refrigerated until ready to use. Also, once boiled they have to be consumed immediately.

 

Udon Noodles

Different Kinds Of Noodles You Probably Didn

These noodles, better known as white Japanese wheat flour noodles, form a very important component of South Japanese cuisine. They are available in various shapes and thickness, and have to be cooked in boiling water before one can use them.

 

Soba Noodles

Different Kinds Of Noodles You Probably Didn

A northern Japanese variety made from buckwheat, soba noodles are brown in colour. These noodles also require prior boiling. Mostly available dried, soba noodles can be used in a variety of both, hot and cold dishes.



Mung Bean Thread Noodles

Different Kinds Of Noodles You Probably Didn

These noodles are flat or thread-like and translucent. Made using mung beans, they are also known to as cellophane or glass noodles. Although they are hard to cut when dry, they get soft when soaked or cooked in boiling water. On complete cooking they turn into transparent strings. Another interesting feature of these noodles is that they puff up on frying.

 

Rice Stick Noodles

Different Kinds Of Noodles You Probably Didn

Rice stick noodles are flat and translucent and can be either wide or slender. They are not difficult to spot and they are usually sold in bundles. The type you pick is dependent upon the thickness that you would want to use in your specific recipe. 

 

Hokkien Noodles

Different Kinds Of Noodles You Probably Didn

Thick in texture and yellow in colour, these noodles are prepared from egg and wheat flour. Used largely in assorted Asian delicacies, these noodles are already precooked and lightly oiled when sold. Hokkien noodles taste best when prepared in stir-fry noodle dishes, curry noodles and soup noodles.

 

Shirataki Noodles

Different Kinds Of Noodles You Probably Didn

 

These noodles, made of the Konjac plant are thin and translucent. Interestingly, the noodles, a Japanese variant, are low on both, calories and carbs and are a very good option for those looking for a low calorie and low carbs diet.

 

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