- Noodles are an everyday staple in different cuisines around the world.
- They’re served in rich broths, topped with flavorful sauces, and sometimes deep-fried depending on the dish.
- Chow mein, japchae, and pad see ew are often served with added vegetables and flavorful sauces.
- Tallarines verdes is a pesto-like green pasta dish that uses evaporated milk, and Filipino spaghetti is topped with a sweet sauce and hot dogs.
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Whether they’re stir-fried, topped with sauce, or served in a rich broth, noodle dishes are a beloved comfort food in many cultures.
From crispy chow mein to spicy laksa, here’s what different noodle dishes look like around the world.
Udon is a thick, wheat-flour noodle that’s popular in Japan
The wheat-flour noodles are often served in a rich broth.
Pad see ew is a popular street food in Thailand.
Pad see ew is a stir-fried noodle dish that’s made by throwing all of the ingredients into a hot wok and allowing the noodles to caramelize in soy sauce.
It’s traditionally made with sen yai (wide rice noodles), vegetables, and a sweet and savoury sauce.
Cacio e pepe is an Italian classic.
The sauce for the dish has just three ingredients: cacio cheese, pasta water, and coarse black pepper.
Chow mein is a stir-fried noodle dish that’s popular in Chinese cuisine.
In Hong Kong, chow mein is often prepared with thin, crispy egg noodles to add texture.
This versatile dish can be made with a variety of different meats and vegetables or served vegetarian.
Pho is a traditional Vietnamese noodle soup
Banh pho rice noodles and a delicate bone-beef broth are the main ingredients of this dish – with add-ins like thinly sliced beef, herbs, and sauces – offering many options for customisation.
Popular in Korea, japchae features stir-fried glass noodles.
Typically served as a side dish, japchae is a stir-fried, glass-noodle dish with a sweet and savoury flavour.
It’s a staple at some Korean holiday celebrations but also enjoyed throughout the year.
Laksa is a spicy noodle soup that’s popular in Southeast Asia
A staple in Malaysian, Singaporean, and Indonesian cuisines, laksa features Hokkien noodles or rice vermicelli, a spicy broth that’s coconut- or tamarind- based, and toppings like vegetables and different proteins.
Found in Hawaii, saimin is a popular dish with influences from several different cuisines.
Filipino spaghetti usually has a sweet sauce and is topped with hot dogs
This sweet pasta-based dish is a staple comfort food in the Philippines.
Kushari, also known as koshari, is widely regarded as Egypt’s national dish
To make this dish, rice, lentils, chickpeas, and macaroni are first cooked individually before being tossed together and topped with a spiced tomato sauce, garlic vinegar, and fried onions.
Tallarines verdes, popular in Peru, has a pesto-like, creamy sauce.
A twist on an Italian pesto pasta dish, tallarines verdes (“green noodles”) is made with either spaghetti, fettuccine, or linguine and topped with a pureed spinach-basil sauce that’s thickened with evaporated milk.
The evaporated milk gives a creaminess and subtle sweetness to the dish.
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