Take a Trip Around Asia with These Noodle Recipes

Why wait until you can afford a plane ticket? Your kitchen will transport you with these Asian noodles.

IMAGE Patrick Martires

It pays to know how to use the different noodles available in the Asian aisle. Apart from giving you a good variety of dishes, every bite will transport you to another country and another culture—all without the airfare! Discover a new world of flavor right in the comfort of your own kitchen.

 

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1 Take a trip to Thailand tonight. 


Thailand loves their sour and spicy flavors! Their dishes burst of garlic, bird chilies, lemon, ginger, coriander, and lime leaves. These aromatics churn out complex hotpots with layers upon layers of flavor.



Crispy Curry Noodles
Thais are famous for their rich, flavorful, and spicy curry. Make some for yourself over crispy noodles.

 

Feeling adventurous in the kitchen? Make this crispy curry noodles recipe!

 



Squid and Pomelo Glass Noodle Salad
Thai food isn’t afraid of getting fruity with their main dishes. The fresh addition of pomelo livens up and complements the squid perfectly.

 

This Thai noodle recipe is a medley of salty, sweet, tangy, spicy, chewy, juicy and crunchy!

 


2 Fly with these Vietnamese recipes
Vietnamese food last made a global trend thanks to their famous pho, and then it was their filling banh mi. This Southeast Asian country is famous for producing a great quality fish sauce. Other spice staples they have are lemongrass, mint, cilantro, and beef broth.

 



Chicken Noodle Soup
Is it raining? Do you have a cold? Are you hungry? Any excuse will do to make your perfect bowl of pho.

 

Use this chicken noodle soup recipe when you're looking for comfort.

 


3 Come on over to China
Whether it’s siomai, kikiam, siopao, pancit, or siopao, we all have a favorite Chinese dish thanks to their strong cultural influence. Sesame oil, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and five spice are just a few of the staples you probably already have in your pantry.

 



Beef Chow Fun
Sure, you can have fried rice, but why not have noodles instead? It’s an easy swap that makes your dish a little more fun.

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This easy beef stir-fry is a Cantonese classic!

 



Spicy Dan Dan Noodles
Although chewy udon noodles come from Japan, this recipe originated from Chinese Sichuan cuisine. It’s really the best of both worlds. So, if you’re in the mood for spicy, chewy goodness, try this recipe out.

 

Thick chewy udon noodles for spicy food fans!

 

 

4 Jet to Japan on a Budget


From their ramen to their sushi, nothing quite tastes like Japanese food. Even their soy sauce and mayonnaise taste different. Soy sauce, rice, fresh fish, mirin, dashi, ginger, and wasabi are just a few of the flavors you already know from Japan.

 



Chicken Teriyaki Cucumber Soba
Even chicken is unique in Japan. Serve your teriyaki chicken with udon noodles on a bed of fresh cucumber strings for a feast of textures and tastes.

 

Serve your favorite chicken teriyaki recipe over soba noodles for a fun twist on the Japanese classic.

 


When finding the core of a culture, it usually boils down to the people's favorite bowl of food. A dish always tells the story of the land and the people that birthed it. From the herbs, spices, and vegetables grown in their locale, to the economic background of the average local, tasting another people's food is like sampling their lives. For a moment you relive what it is to be in their shoes, coming home to the taste of their home. Whenever you cook and eat something away from your usual menu, you're not just delighting your taste buds, you're also expanding your world.

 


Take your trip further with these other Asian noodle recipes:

This noodle soup uses fresh ingredients to make a flavorful broth.

This noodle stir-fry recipe is packed with savory and spicy flavors!

This tasty noodle dish is graced by the flavors of earthy mushrooms.

Homemade food is always extra special, and this wonton noodle soup is no exception. make the dumplings and broth ahead of time, then freeze. when a craving hits, just heat and serve.

In the winter, the Japanese like their soba hot; and in the summer they like it cold, like this.

This is Singapore's version of the pancit bihon.

Hankering for a light yet filling meal? This dish has flavors of Vietnam!

 

 

Recipe and food Preparation by Francis Lim of NAV Modern Thai and Tipple and Slaw; Prop Styling by Trinka Gonzales.

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