The Different Types of Noodles
Pasta has found its way into the cuisines of many cultures, and it is essential in Thai and Vietnamese dishes like pad thai and pho. If you aren’t familiar with all the different types of noodles out there, continue reading for a look at some of the most common types of noodles featured in Pan-Asian cuisine.
There are many possible additions to pho—a common noodle soup dish served in Vietnamese restaurants—but one ingredient must remain consistent: The rice noodles. These noodles, called banh pho, are long noodles made of rice, not flour or semolina like most Italian pastas, and they have a thick square shape. Banh pho noodles are easy to slurp up, and slurping is encouraged so that you can get tasty broth with every bite of pasta.
In cold noodle dishes, rice vermicelli is the go-to choice. Like banh pho, these noodles are made of rice, but they are thin and round, rather than square and flat. They are quick to absorb sauces, and often taste best with simple, thin sauces and a variety of crunchy vegetables and fresh herbs.
Westerners are generally more used to egg noodles because they contain the familiar ingredients of flour and eggs. These come in all types of shapes, from short and curly noodles to long, thin strands. Egg noodles can be more delicate and less chewy than rice noodles, and they are used in a wide range of different dishes.
To find out which noodles are your favorite, check out Noodles & More Saigon Cafe in Steamboat Springs, CO. They serve lunch and dinner from the lower floor of Old Town Square, and they have been voted Best in the Boat on numerous occasions. To learn more about their menu or to place an order to take home with you, call (970) 870-1544.