Noodles are found in many different cuisines around the world. Whether they’re stir-fried, topped with sauce, or served in a rich broth, noodles are a beloved comfort food in many cultures. But how many of these have you actually tried? Pasta and 2-minute noodles cannot be your only options for noodle dishes. Let’s take you on a trip around the world and introduce you to the best Noodle Dishes that are worth circling the glove over!
Don’t roll your eyes. I know I have been talking about Ramen for quite a while now. But these are the REAL DEAL. Ramen is not just a noodle dish in Japan; it’s a way of life! When ladles of piping hot broth meet silky perfectly cooked noodles, true magic happens! With different bases, and even local variations, Ramen has been ruling hearts all around the world. So don’t forget to try this iconic Japanese noodle dish on your next trip to Japan!
This classic Korean noodle dish is typically served as a side dish and is made from clear, sweet potato noodles (dangmyeon). These noodles are first tossed in sesame oil, sesame seeds, a little sugar, and soy sauce; it is then, stir-fried with loads of vegetables. This sweet and savoury dish can be eaten hot or cold especially during festive holiday celebrations.
While it is known to be the unofficial national dish of Malaysia, Laksa is a staple in Malaysian, Singaporean, and Indonesian cuisine as well. It features thick vermicelli rice noodles in a spicy, pungent and creamy broth that’s coconut- or tamarind- based, and topped with bean sprouts and seafood (ground dried prawns or shrimps).
Thicker and denser than any other type of Japanese noodle, Udon noodles are stir-fried in butter and soy sauce and topped with chopped scallions, shredded nori, and bonito flakes. This simple yet flavourful dish is also served in hot and cold dishes.
Mie Goreng- Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore
This Indonesian classic is also a very popular dish in Singapore and Malaysia. It is traditionally made with thin egg noodles that have a chewy texture, which is stir-fried with garlic, onion, Chinese cabbage, eggs, tomatoes, and a choice of protein. The most popular version of this big bowl of comfort is spicy, tangy and a little sweet and cooked with chicken or shrimp. Top it off with a fried egg and you’ll be in heaven.
Hailed as Hawaii’s version of ramen, Saimin represents Hawaii’s blend of cultures—Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese, and Polynesian. The dish contains soft wheat egg noodles, cooked in a clear broth, green onions, and topped with bok choy, mushrooms, ginger, and, of course, sliced spam.
Tallarin Verdes- Peru
Tallarines Verdes (“green noodles”) adds a twist to traditional pesto. It is made with your pasta of choice and a pureed spinach-basil sauce with evaporated milk, making it creamier and a tad bit sweet. This Peruvian Green pasta is often served in typical Peruvian style with meat and potatoes.
A hot, steamy and savory bowl of Pho symbolizes Vietnam and is a must if you ever visit the country! The dish is made with beef or chicken broth, rice noodles called bánh phở and a host of spices including ginger, star anise, and coriander seeds. The best part is the garnish: build your meal while garnishing your Pho with fish sauce, hoisin sauce, Thai basil, cilantro, mint, scallions, chillies, bean sprouts, fresh lime, and rare beef.
Bibim Guksu- Korea
This cold noodle dish is another famous noodle dish from Korea. Thin wheat noodles (called somyeon) are boiled in water and then immediately rinsed in cold water. The noodles are then mixed with gochujang (red pepper paste), garlic, vinegar, sugar and is typically garnished with sliced cucumbers, a boiled egg and sesame oil. This spicy, sweet and sour bowl of flavour is especially popular in the summer months.
Pad Thai- Thailand
Known to be Thailand’s most famous noodle dish, Pad Thai usually consists of stir-fried rice noodles, eggs, tofu, tamarind pulp, fish sauce, palm sugar, dried shrimp, garlic, shallots, and either shrimp or chicken. This ultimate Thai street food is garnished with peanuts, lime juice, and chilli flakes are used to spice it up. Simple Heaven!
So take a trip across the globe with these international noodle dishes and let us know about your experiences below!