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Types of Noodles Used in Chinese Cooking

Mung Bean Noodles

Cellophane Noodles - are thin, translucent threads made from mung beans. This Chinese noodle have little if any taste, but provide texture and a base for soup and stir fry dishes, absorbing the flavor of the foods they are cooked with and can also be deep fried. When deep-fried fried, they are crispy and used as a garnish. Before using, soak them briefly in hot water. Other names for cellophane noodles include bean threads, bean vermicelli/noodles, mung bean noodles, Chinese vermicelli, glass/transparent/slippery noodles. Try out these delicious recipes : Chicken Cellophane Noodles Soup & Beancurd and Mung Bean Thread Soup.

Rice-flour Noodles – made with flour and water, they are available, from thin rice vermicelli to the thick broad flat noodles. They are a traditional ingredient in Chinese chicken salad, and are tasty in soups and stir-fries. Rice vermicelli - Thin translucent noodles, this rice-flour noodle is delicious when stir fried or used in soups. Rice vermicelli can be used to garnish several dishes when deep-fried. Soak in hot water until tender before using. Chinese recipe for rice flour noodles : Chicken Rice Vermicelli Soup and Chinese Chicken Salad with Rice Sticks.

Wheat Flour Noodles - Made with wheat flour, water and salt, and sometimes eggs, Chinese wheat noodles can be white or yellow, they are available fresh or dried, thin or thick. The thinner varieties are often used in light soups, while the thicker ones work well in thicker soups and stir-fries. Boil before using. Chinese egg noodles is one of the varieties. The most popular type of Asian noodle, also known as egg flour noodles made from wheat flour, water and eggs, Chinese egg noodles is typically 1/8in. (3mm) wide and pale yellow in color. There are endless delicious soup and stir fry recipes Chinese egg noodles i.e. Shrimp ‘Chow Mein' is one particularly tasty variation where ‘Chow' is fried and ‘Mein' or ‘Mien' is noodles in Chinese. Unlike in China, dried egg noodles are used instead of the soft fresh type in the preparation of chow mein in the west. After being cooked in boiling water, they are fried to give them their characteristic crispness. Egg noodles can be found fresh in some Asian supermarkets, and are readily available dried. Some recipes for Chinese egg noodles : Chicken Noodles Soup, Chinese Noodles in Peanut and Sesame Sauce, Pork Lo Mein, Spicy Cold Noodles and Chinese Chicken Salad with Chow Mein Noodles.

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