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Noodles have been a staple in my diet for as long as I can remember. Growing up, my auntie would make a big pot of noodles at least once a week, and we would eat them for lunch and dinner for days. Over time, I've come to appreciate the versatility of noodles and the wide variety of available flavors and textures. Let me share some of my favorite types of noodles with you.

One of my go-to noodles is Udon – thick, chewy strands perfect for soaking up flavorful broths and sauces. Soba noodles, made from buckwheat flour, have a distinct nutty flavor that I love. I've enjoyed both hot and cold but I especially love them in a chilled noodle salad with a tangy dressing. And then there's Ramen – those thin, springy noodles that are the star of the show in a piping hot bowl of soup. I love how versatile Ramen can be – add all sorts of toppings like pork belly, soft-boiled eggs, and nori to create your perfect bowl.

While I love the classic Japanese noodles, there are so many other types of noodles to explore. Rice noodles are a staple in many Southeast Asian cuisines – they're light and delicate and perfect for soaking up spicy sauces. Egg noodles are a versatile option used in everything from soups to casseroles. Mung Bean noodles have a slightly sweet flavor and delicate texture, making them a great addition to Korean dishes. Hokkien noodles are thicker and somewhat sweet, which makes them perfect for stir-fries. And if you're looking for a low-carb, vegan option, Shirataki noodles made from konjac yam are a fantastic choice – they're low in calories and carbs but still satisfying.


When it comes to cooking noodles, it's important to follow the instructions on the package since different noodles require different cooking times. First, most noodles must be boiled in salted water until tender but still slightly firm. Once cooked, I like to rinse them under cold water to stop the cooking process and prevent them from getting too soft. Then, you can toss them into your favorite dish and enjoy! Noodles are a versatile ingredient – you can add them to soups, stir-fries, and salads or even use them as a bed for saucy stews. The possibilities are endless, and that's what makes noodles such a beloved and essential part of so many cuisines.

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