Monday, August 5, 2013

Popular Asian Noodles: Knowing What They Are Can Save You Some Money and Headache.

Asian Noodles Have Become Very Popular Lately.

Asians love noodles as much as rice. The most popular ones are somen, soba, udon, ramen, mung noodles, and rice noodles.

Somen noodles are thin Japanese wheat noodles that are typically eaten cold to increase one's appetite during the hot seasons. If somen noodles are colored green, they are typically colored with green tea and called cha somen. Typically it is seasoned with a soy sauce based sauce called tsuyu sauce.

Simple Cold Somen Recipe

Bring a large pot of water to a roiling boil. Prepare the noodles (each bundle is one serving), according to the package directions. Somen water is not used, so you can dump out the water into a colander and immediately run the somen under cool running water, tossing until cool.
Fill 4 large bowls with cold water, and place a few ice cubes in each. Place a quarter of the somen in each bowl and serve with tyusu sauce on the side.

Somen Noodles Are Great For Small Children! These are very thin noodles like angel hair. Because they are very soft, they are great noodles for small children. You can break them into smaller lengths. I can remember growing up eating warm somen noodles instead of spaghetti noodles because they are so easy to chew.

 Soba (Buckwheat) Noodles

Soba noodles are very healthful and are made from soba or buckwheat mixed with wheat flour because buckwheat alone does not have enough gluten to hold it together. When the noodles are green, again they are made with green tea. Soba can be eaten hot, in soup, or cold, with dipping sauce, which is called Zaru Soba.

Preparation for Somen Noodles 

Tsuyu Sauce: The Sauce Used With Somen Noodles

It's a quick way to make Japanese noodle dipping sauce. It can be served with various boiled and chilled noodles, such as somen and soba.


  • 2 cups kombu and katsuobushi dashi
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup mirin


Put mirin in a medium pan and bring to a boil. Add soy sauce and dashi soup stock in the pan and bring to a boil again. Stop the heat. Cool the sauce. 

Tsukimi Soba Recipe

Cook soba with ample water. It is usually cooked to "al dente" but without any hard center.
Combine the ingredients for the soup stock and heat until barely a simmer. Warm soup bowls with hot water for a few minutes before filling each bowl with noodles. Then, pour the broth until 1 inch below the rim. Top each bowl with a raw egg.

Why Not Try Making Your Own Soba Noodles?

Soba Noodle  Ingredients:
800 grams of buckwheat flour & 200 grams of wheat flour, and 500 ml of water. 

Udon Noodles (Thick Japanese Wheat Noodles)

Udon Noodle Recipes 

Japanese Udon Miso Noodle Soup 

Only 15 minutes to prepare.

Beef Udon Soup 

Recipe from MasterCook 

Simple Shitake Udon Soup 

Completely vegetarian. 

Simple Udon Soup with Chicken and Leek 

20 minutes to prepare.

How To Make Udon Noodles



Ramen Noodles

Ramen is a Japanese noodle dish using Chinese style wheat noodles served with meat in broth. Originally, the noodles are made from flour, salt, water, and kansui,which is a type of mineral water giving it the yellow hue. Nowadays, it may contain eggs for the same yellow color. Japanese sauteed ramen noodles are called yakisoba.

Ramen Noodles From Scratch



  How to Make Ramen From Scratch

3/4 Cups Flour (see below)
1 egg
~3/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
~1 tbsp water (depending on flour and humidity)


Cellophane Noodles

The Noodles with Many Names

Cellophane noodles may also be called Chinese vermicelli, bean threads, bean thread noodles, crystal noodles, mung noodles, or glass noodles. They could also be made from potatoes. Different countries have names for them. For example, in Indonesia, cellophane noodles are called called soun or suun.


Jap Chae--Korean Noodle Salad 

A Chinese Dish Using Cellophane Noodles Called Ants Climbing Trees


Rice Noodles

Rice Noodles Dishes 

Rice Noodles are very popular from Thailand and Vietnam to Taiwan. The three famous Thai rice noodle dishes are Pad Se Ew, Pad Thai, and Pad Ran.

Pad Thai is the most popular Thai rice noodle dish.

Another very popular Thai rice noodle dish, this one from Thai Table. 

Another popular Thai rice noodle dish.

Highly recommended and easy. 

Singapore Noodles are fried rice noodles flavored with curry. It is also a very popular dish from Taiwan.

Pho is the name for the popular Vietnamese rice noodle soup. 

Chicken Pad Thai By Divine Chef 

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