Wednesday, October 18, 2023

8 Dishes Every Noodle Lover Should Try


Noodles come in many forms and flavors, all of which are equally enjoyed by foodies worldwide today. Once deemed a luxury item, noodle-based dishes had their humble beginnings in China, and today, these are some of the cheapest and yummiest foods available. 

It’s assumed that foodies around the world consume 270 million portions of instant noodles every single day! In the U.S. alone, 59% of people eat noodle and pasta dishes every week. So, which dishes should you try next to enjoy noodles in new ways? 

It’s time you discover your new favorite noodle dish after trying some of the following ideas. 

1. Drunken Noodles (Pad Kee Mao) 
This noodle-based delicacy comes from Thailand and, despite its bizarre name, doesn’t have alcohol as its ingredient. It’s widely sold by street vendors in Thailand, and now even Americans have found a unique appreciation for this noodle dish. 

There are different theories to explain why they’re called “drunken” noodles. As per one suggestion, people have to drink a lot to handle its spicy flavor. Its ingredients include rice noodles, top sirloin steak, sugar snap peas, and a lot of spices that give drunken noodles their unique flavor. The spices are sriracha and red pepper flakes. So, if you’re sensitive to spices, then add a little bit less of each to the recipe. 

Here's the correct drunken noodles recipe to prepare this Thai delicacy in your kitchen. 

2. Easy Ramen Noodle Soup 
Ramen soup is a quick and easy snack or meal for kids and adults alike. You can prepare this nutritious dish with some Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a flavorful broth. There are many different variations of ramen soup, such as Shio (salt-based), Shoyu (soy sauce-based), and Tonkotsu (pork bone-based). 

Try a super-easy ramen soup recipe by cooking your favorite broth and adding soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic powder, and black pepper to it. Now, cook your noodles in the pot according to package instructions.  

Once the noodles are cooked, ladle the soup into bowls and top with sliced pork, seaweed, and soft-boiled eggs. 

3. Chicken and Vegetable Lo Mein 
Many Americans are fond of Chinese takeout foods, especially the universally beloved chow mein. However, while chow mein is made using thin, dried noodles, there’s another even tastier Chinese dish called lo mein (tossed noodles), cooked with thick, fresh, and chewy noodles. 

Just get 400g of fresh lo mein noodles (or even chow mein if you crave that version), chicken broth, soy sauce, Chinese cabbage, and deli-roasted chicken breast. You can cook this protein-rich dish in your humble kitchen in just 15 minutes with little preparation. 

4. Vietnamese Tofu and Vegetable Pho 
The amazing thing about Vietnamese food is that it doesn’t require that much oil, so it is on the healthier side. Yes, noodles can be healthy too! 

Vietnamese Pho (pronounced “fah”) is made of rice noodles, chicken broth, and thin slices of meat with condiments, such as lime, bean sprouts, and chili peppers. 

Preparing Vietnamese pho requires a lot of time, but it’s a dish worth all that effort for its delicate flavors and appealing texture. It’s a great plant-based alternative to traditional meat-based pho. So, if you’re a vegan and wish to enjoy Vietnamese food, then do give this unique dish a try.  

5. Asian Beef and Noodle Stir Fry 
Instead of spending money on takeout food, try cooking Asian beef with stir-fried noodles at home. It requires rice vermicelli noodles, marinated flank steak, chicken broth, and other spices of your liking. For instance, you can use rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, and cornstarch to come up with a tasty, savory sauce for the stir-fried noodles. 

Add some carrots, onions, and snap peas for added flavor. This dish takes less than an hour to cook and turns out so good.  

6. Laksa Soup 
The Malaysian dish laksa has many forms and variations. The term “laksa” is used for a spicy noodle dish popular in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and neighboring countries. Laksa coconut curry soup is one of the most popular versions. 

As the name indicates, Laksa coconut curry soup combines rice noodles with coconut-based curry soup. You may also add chicken (or tofu if you’re a vegan) and then garnish the dish with some herbs and lime. This dish usually requires a laska paste made with these ingredients: 

  • Shallots 
  • Turmeric 
  • Lemongrass 
  • Dried chilies 
  • Shrimp paste 
After cooking curry laska, fine-tune your culinary skills some more by preparing asam laksa. It’s a sour, tamarind-based soup made with the same kind of noodles. 

7. Singaporean Noodles 
Singaporean noodles don’t have anything to do with the country of Singapore, but this variation is very fun to cook. It’s served in Chinese takeout and restaurants, usually made from rice vermicelli noodles stir-fried with different ingredients.  

Mix vermicelli noodles with shredded meats (shrimp, chicken, or pork). Add vegetables like bell peppers, bean sprouts, and scallions. This delicious medley of flavors and textures will taste amazing and satisfy the cravings of every average noodle enthusiast. 

You should also season the dish with fragrant curry powder and garlic/ginger for added flavor. 

8. Yakisoba  
If you have 20 minutes to spare and Yakisoba noodles in your pantry, then try cooking this amazing dish in your kitchen. Its main ingredients include Yakisoba noodles, boneless chicken breast, and a sauce made of oyster sauce, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and ketchup. And, of course, all the vegetables you want. If you’re a vegan, then add tofu or shiitake mushrooms instead of meat. 

Yakisoba noodles are well-known for their sweet, savory, and tangy flavor. You can garnish them with garlic and ginger for added flavor. 


If you love eating noodles, then this is the right blog for you. We’ve discussed eight amazing noodle dishes from all over the world. Try a steaming bowl of ramen noodles, slurp-worthy Vietnamese pho, or the rich, savory complexity of drunken Thai noodles in your home. 

Don’t hesitate to expand your noodle horizons and try all these new recipes. 


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