All You Need to Know About Asian Noodles (Part 2)

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!


All About Asian Noodles (Part 1)

Asian Noodles

For their pasta issue, the newly-revived Gourmet asked me to write an Asian Noodle Primer and I was thrilled. One of my favorite dishes from my student days living in Taiwan was Cinnamon Beef Noodles and I became a serious Asian noodleholic when I started writing a book about the topic ” Asian Noodles” which was published in 1997. I spent about four years traveling all over Asia ( especially Japan because I couldn’t get enough of soba or udon).

I decided it would be really useful to do an accompanying video, so here is Part I of ” All You Need to Know About Asian Noodles” with LOTS of recipes.



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