Our Favorite Noodle Dishes (slurp!)

S-L-U-R-P.  We love noodles and I wish I could make all of these dishes successfully but have only mastered a few.  Our usual order when eating out is multiple noodle dishes, veggies and dumplings (of course!).  Our favorite type of noodle is any fresh hand pulled noodles which are extra chewy and delicious although shaved noodles are also very tasty.  Hopefully you’ll find something new to try with our list of favorites noodle dishes below. 

Dry Noodle Dishes

  • Beef Chow Fun- this stir-fried wide rice noodle dish has beef, bean sprouts and green onions. My dad is from Hong Kong so this has been a staple noodle dish in our diet and one of our all-time favorites.    
  • Jap Chae- this Korean dish uses sweet potato noodles stir fried with vegetables, mushrooms, meat and seasoned with sesame oil, sugar and soy sauce. My version hasn’t been as delicious as our Korean relatives but still does the trick.   
  • Pad Thai- this classic Thai noodle dish stir fries rice noodles, your choice of meat, eggs, bean sprouts, peanuts and other vegetables together. When visiting Thailand, we took a cooking class and that was the last time I mastered this dish!
  • Pad See You—I’ve somewhat conquered this Thai noodle dish which includes stir fried wide rice noodles, meat, green vegetables and eggs and reminds me of a slightly sweeter version of beef chow fun.
  • Seafood Pan Fried Noodles—we love ordering these crispy fried egg noodles at dim sum. They are usually topped with a mix of sea food and vegetables and covered with a savory sauce.   
  • Nian Gao- this rice cake noodle dish is pretty simple once you get the rice cake noodles from your local grocery store. With cabbage, meat and mushrooms and a simple chicken-based sauce this is a nice flavorful dish. 
  • Chow Mein- a classic staple at all Chinese restaurants, this stir-fried egg noodle dish includes meat or seafood and vegetables.
  • Singapore Noodles- this rice vermicelli noodle dish has a lot of flavor with curry powder, vegetables, meat and eggs.
  • Zha Jiang Mien- this simple noodle dish includes wheat noodles topped with a soybean and pork sauce and a side of crunchy cucumbers. You then need to mix all the ingredients together yourself before digging in. 
  • Dan Dan Noodles- this noodle dish is topped with a spicy sauce containing pork, green onions, and vegetables. We make ours a little sweeter with peanut butter and decrease the spiciness.   

Broth Noodle Dishes

  • Wonton Noodle Soup- wonton dumplings and egg noodles, sign us up! We sampled this noodle dish in Hong Kong at multiple restaurants and enjoyed them all.  You can also get wonton soup--- without the noodles but we never do. 
  • Beef Noodle Soup- This is a staple in Taiwan and its beef broth is key. This steaming bowl of wheat noodles is served with vegetables and large chunks of beef. 
  • Ramen- chewy wheat noodles are served in a meat-based broth and topped with veggies, meat, eggs, seaweed and other garnishes. Hands down our favorite place is Orenchi Ramen in Santa Clara, their broth is absolutely delicious and noodles are to die for.  Get there early and expect a wait….
  • Udon- these thick chewy wheat noodles can be topped with veggies, tempura, meat, eggs, seaweed and other items, similar to ramen.

nian gao noodles tiny sponge

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