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When it comes to Asian food, noodles form an integral part of most dishes that define the fabric of the cuisine and flavours. They are omni-present in soups, tangled in salads, rolled up in a spring roll and many more.
There are many different kinds of noodles that are available in the Asian grocery store and if you are not sure which one to pick amidst the multitude of noodles, we are here to guide you about them.
Here are different kinds of Asian Noodles you should know:
Noodles made with an added alkaline-mix of sodium salt and potassium carbonate, which gives them extra elasticity, a rich egg-yellow hue and chewier mouth-feel. A common type of noodles from certain parts of China, as well as Japan. Traditionally, natural alkaline well-water is blended with basic wheat or flour ingredients to produce noodles that are yummier to taste. Home chefs usually cook baking soda into ash for the alkaline and mix it in with their dough. Also popular in Singapore and Malaysia, typically known as Hokkien noodles in a variety of favourites, including Penang Prawn Noodles Soup, Stir-fried Hokkien Mee and Singaporean style Hokkien Mee.
Made with more eggs and less flour, egg noodles have a deep yellow colour and savoury taste. In the West, they’re usually flat, broad and thicker textured than regular pasta; but in Asia, egg noodles generally look like thinner versions of alkaline noodles. Egg noodles have a tender, stringy mouth-feel and a slightly richer flavour that blends well with sauces and condiments for delicious stir-fries and the ever-popular Wonton Noodles. Also try the Northern Thai Kao Soi noodles, the Vietnamese Mi Xao Bo, and the classic Chinese stir-fry with shredded pork.
Long, translucent and gelatinous, the traditional Japanese Shirataki noodles are made from konjac yam; flavourless on its own but absorbs all the flavours from sauces, seasonings and other ingredients. Shirataki literally means ‘White Waterfall’, but are also called ‘Miracle Noodles’ in recent years for its superior health benefits. Vegan, gluten-free and contains no calories; with natural glucomannan fibre that is great for your digestion, reduces blood sugar levels and even helps you lose weight. Have a sumptuous Japanese beef and potato special, vegan ramen, or a yummy Singaporean stir-fry.