In part 1 of “All You Need to Know About Asian Noodles”, I tackled the family of Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai noodles. In part 2, I show and talk about the many varieties of Japanese Noodles. You will be introduced to: ramen, udon, soba, and somen noodles as well as suggestions for substitutions. These days, however, you don’t even have to go to a specialty market since most well-stocked supermarkets now carry many of these varieties. In addition, if you go to the recipe section, you will see not one, but FOUR recipes using all the different noodles. There’s my favorite Cinnamon Beef Noodles, Spunky Stir-Fried Ramen, Scallion Chicken Soba, a favorite meal-in-one dinner of my family’s, and a delicate Shrimp with Snow Pea Shoots Soup.
Remember that in eating the noodles which symbolize longevity, it is believed that you will have a long and healthy life. Enjoy!