Sunday, September 24, 2006

How to Cook Rice Noodles

I'm just an Irish girl, born to Canadians. We never had rice noodles when I was a kid, but fell in love with them after I moved to California. In the past when I cooked them they turned into a gloppy, sticky mess. Not any more. Last night I figured out the key to cooking rice noodles.

You can buy rice noodles in Asian Markets, or, if you're very lucky, in the Asian food aisle of your grocery store. I like the ones that are flat and broad like fettucine.

How to Cook Rice Noodles
Take the entire package of noodles (unwrapped, of course) and soak in cold water in a large, flat container like a covered casserole, for at least 30 minutes. Some packages and recipes state this is all you need to do. Don't believe them. If you like soft rice noodles, and you're not planning on cooking them in an additional recipe, do the following:

Bring a broad pot of salted water to boil. You'll be lowering your metal, hand-held strainer into it, so make sure you can reach that water. If you use a big pasta pot, you're going to have to fill it nearly to the top with water--so it would *not* be a good choice.

Right before you're ready to serve, place individual portions of the noodles in your metal, hand-held strainer. Place the strainer in the boiling water for about 20-30 seconds, stirring with chopsticks to seperate. When tender, strain the water out and serve.

22 comments:

Amanda said...

Thank you for your post! It was taking FOREVER for the rice noodles to soften based on the directions provided on the package. Made a yummy pad thai. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much!! My noodles packet doesn't have cooking instructions, and for some reason I can't find any other site that tells how to cook it:P Now I can make my lunch!=)

Anonymous said...

Thank you!!! It's the first time I cook rice noodles and because of you they are delicious!
The directions provided on the package are vague and a waste of time!

Anonymous said...

these noodles suck.lol

Virgil said...

gettin my Pho on now thanks to you, could never get the noodles right before!!!

hankweaver said...

I ate rice noodles in China and really enjoyed them. All I've been able to find here in the USA are the round ones, not the flat which I would prefer. I use the directions on the package: boil for 5 minutes, simmer for 2, blanch with cold water and serve. It works for me, but how do you season the noodles?

hankweaver said...

I ate rice noodles in China and really enjoyed them. All I've been able to find here in the USA are the round ones, not the flat which I would prefer. I use the directions on the package: boil for 5 minutes, simmer for 2, blanch with cold water and serve. It works for me, but how do you season the noodles?

hankweaver said...

I ate rice noodles in China and really enjoyed them. All I've been able to find here in the USA are the round ones, not the flat which I would prefer. I use the directions on the package: boil for 5 minutes, simmer for 2, blanch with cold water and serve. It works for me, but how do you season the noodles?

Anonymous said...

Great instructions, thanks!

Anonymous said...

AH!!! Brilliant instructions!! This just made my dinner so much easier!!

Earthvital said...

Perfect! Thanks for posting this. I love rice noodles but have never been able to cook them at home.. just piles of goo.

Adam said...
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Adam said...

Oh Crap. I wish I would have read your instructions earlier this evening. Soak the rice noodles for at least a half hour? - but I am so hungry!

Jewellery said...

Thank you for these easy to follow instructions!

elizabeth said...

Thank You for the instructions,I would never think about cooking the pasta that way.

Sofia Guerra said...

Wow, good lady! Thank you very much! I'm going to try them.. I was going to throw them away thinking they were not good.

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christian.animals said...

Thanks so much for your post. I'm English/Italian with a little bit Irish and I never had rice noodles until I moved to Arkansas in 1995 at the age of 15. Next to Angel Hair and Fettuccine, Rice Noodles are my favorite. I can never get them to be tender and flavorful like the Chinese restaurants do them. I will try your way tonight and hopefully it will work.

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