Whether thick or thin, sold dry or fresh, or made with wheat flour, rice flour, or mung bean flour, noodles are a staple in Chinese cooking. From longevity noodles to hearty Zhajiangmian, as well as a quick-and-easy lo mein dish, garlic noodles, and the essential chow mein, here are the best recipes for authentic-tasting Chinese noodle dishes you can make at home.
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Zhajiangmian is a famous Chinese fried noodle dish sold everywhere in China from street stalls to five-star hotels. Several Eastern nations have adapted the recipe for their own tables, adding regional ingredients. Ours is closest to the original Beijing version, with chewy wheat noodles, pan-fried with minced pork, tofu, and vegetables in a sweet and spicy bean sauce.
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Dan dan noodles is a spicy Sichuan dish that is great when you are fighting a cold. Our quick and easy recipe uses packaged dried Chinese noodles, but you could use dried Italian spaghetti if that is what you have on hand. You'll cook the noodles per package directions, and then toss them in a hot pan with a peppery stir-fry sauce that will make you sit up and say howdy.
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The Chinese lunar New Year, celebrated over 15 days, is the most important holiday in the Chinese calendar. One essential banquet food is lunar New Year longevity noodles, a heart-warming soup of misua, or long, thin wheat noodles, cooked with dried mushrooms, tomatoes, and greens in a fragrant chicken broth. Slurping up the long noodles without the signs is believed to be an auspicious omen, signifying a good luck, and a long life ahead.
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Chicken Lo Mein makes a great lunch, dinner, or late-night snack. In this recipe, thin Hakka noodles are tossed with a delicious dressing that includes sesame paste, sesame oil, two types of soy sauce, and honey. Roasted peanuts add the final touch.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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Beef chow fun is a popular Cantonese dish of stir-fried beef and huo fun, the delicious chewy, fresh wide rice noodles popular in Southern China. Our simple recipe calls for baby corn, but you could use any vegetables you have on hand in the crisper. It all comes together in minutes, for a low-effort family meal that is ideal for busy weeknights.
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Chow mein is a much-loved Chinese dish made with egg noodles and stir-fried veggies. The colorful and tasty stir-fry of fresh egg noodles and crunchy vegetables is a popular take-out dish, and is easy to replicate at home for an easy weeknight family meal. It's also a great vehicle for using up any vegetable ends, or even leftover cooked meat, from your fridge.
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Konjac noodles (or shirataki noodles) are sometimes called "miracle noodles". While filling, these plant-based noodles made from the konjac yam are high in fiber, very low in calories and carbs, and naturally gluten-free. This fiery Sichuan dish combines the noodles with browned ground pork, scallions, ginger, peanuts, and chili oil, for a salty, sweet, and savory one-dish dinner.
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Noodles are an important part of Taiwanese beef noodle soup. It's a favorite street food in Taiwan and bursting with flavor. The hearty soup is made by simmering the cubed beef in a seasoned broth on the stovetop for a few hours, then serving it over noodles with bok choy.
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Peanut butter-loving kids and adults alike will adore these sesame noodles that are delicious, served hot or cold. Soaked rice stick noodles are coated in a nutty sauce, and quickly stir-fried with scallions (and any other vegetables you care to add), for a simply delicious noodle dish. They make an excellent picnic addition, or a make-ahead lunch on work-from-home days.
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Cook up an Instagram-ready ramen dish with this pork lo mein recipe. Our version of the classic dish rivals the one you get at Chinese restaurants, and comes together in a snap, with packaged ramen and frozen stir-fry vegetables. Chunks of pork tenderloin meat bring in plenty of flavor and protein, and the veggies add nutrition, making this a real family dinner winner.
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If you've got 45 minutes to cook, you have time to treat a friend to homemade Chinese shrimp and garlic noodles. Our easy stir-fry recipe makes the perfect amount for two, and can be doubled to serve four. Use leftover cooked shrimp from the fridge, or simply toss thawed frozen shrimp directly into the pan with noodles and scallions. Just keep in mind this dish is pretty garlicky, if you plan to make it for a date.
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For a soothing meal in one bowl, or a pick-me-up on chilly days, try our soothing Chinese noodle soup. With a fragrant broth that comes together easily with readily-available ingredients (no trip to a special market required), and brimming with tender morsels of chicken, and healthful vegetables, it is a comforting lunch or dinner you can assemble in an hour.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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Shanghai noodles are thick noodles packaged in plastic bags and sold fresh in Asian markets. If you can't find Shanghai noodles, feel free to replace them with Japanese udon noodles, or a thick Italian pasta such as linguini or tagliatelle. While this quick and easy noodle stir-fry with cabbage and onions is usually served as a side dish, this recipe is hearty enough to serve 2 for dinner.
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This pan-fried noodles recipe goes by several different names, including “both sides browned” and “twice browned” noodles. In all cases, the boiled noodles are browned on one side, then turned over and cooked on the other side, like a pancake. The crispy noodles can then be topped with a stir-fried mixture of meat, chicken, seafood, and/or vegetables in a rich sauce.
Shirataki Noodles. Fooddata Central, United States Department of Agriculture