Unlike most other noodles, which
are made from flour of one type or another, rice noodles are made from whole
grain of rice, which are soaked and then ground with water into a paste. A wide
range of dried noodles is available in Asian or Chinese stores, and fresh ones
can occasionally be found in the chiller cabinets.
Rice noodles need only to be soaked
in hot water for a
few minutes to soften them. Add the
noodles to a large bowl
of water and leave for approximately
5 - 10 minutes, or
until softened, stirring
occasionally to separate
the strands as they soften.
Stir-fried rice noodles is one of the most common single dish cuisine you can find in
Asia, accompanied by garlic, shallots, onions with bite-size meat or poultry and
shrimps. Chili paste is added to spice up the dish.
Rice noodles can also be served in soups or broth, either spicy or plain. Excellent if
to Thailand's famous Tom Yam Gong.
Rice noodles can be steamed also. Try steaming about 4oz of noodles in a bamboo steamer,
over boiling water. Add this onto a plate of steamed fish fillet and seasoned
with light soy sauce and drizzle a generous amount of fried garlic oil. Serve with
cut red or birds' eye chili and sweet soy sauce.