Welcome to the extensive world of Asian Noodles ( Part 2)! In Part 1, we explored the main varieties of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai noodles. Here I introduce the delightful and diverse brands of Japanese noodles-including soba, udon, somen, and ramen.
As I discovered on my many trips to Japan when I was researching recipes for my different books , ( especially “Asian Noodles”), the noodle dishes there are delicious, satisfying, and a meal by themselves. I especially love the nutty flavor of buckwheat soba noodles and use them in many soup, salad, and stir fried entrees.
These days, even your local, well-stocked supermarket carries a decent supply of Asian noodles so any cook can easily prepare a quick meal. Try some of the recipes below: There’s a dish for any occasion: Stir- Fried Spunky Ramen with Assorted Vegetables, Cinnamon Beef Noodles ( especially warming for the raw, spring weather, Scallion – Ginger Soba ( one of our family favorites), and a delicate Shrimp & Pea Shoot Soup.