A Know-Before-You-Go Noodle Guide
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Madelaine Greey is a Toronto
food writer who speaks Mandarin Chinese and has lived and worked in Taiwan. We
asked her to explain the mysteries of the noodle dishes we might encounter on
journeys East. Madelaine writes...
are a major staple across Asia and come in many different delicious and inexpensive
Chinese Culinary Pleasures...
- Wheat noodles
- Mung bean noodles
create a lo mein, noodles are cooked then stir-fried with various vegetables,
meats and seafoods.
- To create a chow mein,
noodles are cooked, drained, then shaped into a nest which is fried on both sides
until crispy, then blanketed with a stir-fried mixture.
to Order in Chinese Restaurants:
noodles are round wheat noodles that are cooked then stir-fried in a savory sauce
with chicken, pork and shrimp.
noodles feature rice vermicelli noodles, curry powder, shrimp, barbecued pork
- Soup noodles are on the menus
of most Cantonese restaurants and are composed of egg noodles in broth, topped
with barbecued meats.
- Pan stickers are
Chinese dumplings that have been boiled then fried until golden brown, served
with dipping sauce.
Japanese Taste Treats to
- Ramen -- wheat; most commonly
sold pre-cooked with packets of broth
- Somen -- wheat, served
- Udon -- wheat; a square-edged,
thick, chewy noodle
What to Order in Japanese
are Japanese stir-fried noodles.
Soba is a noodle soup topped with deep fried vegetables and shrimp.
Udon is udon noodles in stock topped with chicken, seafood, fish and vegetables.
| Thai Treats Along the Way....
- Ba mee -- Chinese-style egg noodles
tio -- wide, rice noodles
- Sen mee -- rice
- Wun sen -- glass noodles or
mung bean thread noodles.
What to order
in Thai Restaurants:
Krob is a sticky and sweet dish composed of deep fried rice vermicelli topped
with chicken, pork and shrimp in a sweet sauce.
Thai is stir-fried rice-stick noodles mixed with egg, bean sprouts, meats and
seafood in a peanut and tomato sauce.
noodle salad features delicate mung bean noodles tossed with a mixture of ground
pork, dried shrimp, peanuts, garlic, sugar, lime juice and chili peppers.
| Her Cultural Nutrition Tip....
Rice, buckwheat, bean curd and bean thread noodles
offer a tasty substitute for those with wheat allergies or sensitivities.Back