Rice and noodle recipes make some of the best comfort foods, and they are my absolute favourites for times when I just want something tasty and satisfying. The classic recipes are some of the best when it comes to comfort eating, but I'm always open to ways of incorporating new flavours into familiar foods.
If I had to choose, I'd probably prefer noodles slightly more to rice, only because there are so many interesting shapes and sizes of noodles and even more ways of cooking and eating them. You get wheat noodles, rice noodles, vermicelli noodles and glass noodles, just to name a few. However you choose to boil or stir fry, slurp or chomp, your noodles, the end result is always immense satisfaction.
Having said that, there are far more rice varieties than noodle types, being one of the most widely consumed foods world wide. But all the different varieties can be distilled down to three main categories - long, medium and short grain. Certain types of rice will work better in some recipes than others, but whatever the type, all rice is great at holding flavour and soaking up delicious sauces. I like to think of it as a flavour delivery mechanism.
Rice and noodle recipes also make great one bowl meals, as you usually get your starch, protein and vegetables all in one dish. And there's nothing I love more than efficient cooking that means less washing up to do!
BUT...here's something maybe you didn't know - that noodles are actually different from pasta?! I grew up eating a lot of noodles, which were mostly from Asian cuisine, as well as a lot of pasta, mostly from Italian cuisine. So I've always subconsciously thought of pasta as a sort of Italian version of noodles.
As it turns out, the ingredients and process for making pasta and noodles is entirely different. Pasta is generally made form durum semolina, which is coarser than typical flour, whereas noodles are made from common wheat. Pasta is pushed through different moulds to get its many shapes, whereas noodles tend to be "sheeted" and cut into strands. Fascinating, isn't it? You can read more about it here.
You're in the right place, if you also love rice and noodles. Have a look at our collection of rice and noodle recipes below, and I hope you'll find something to inspire you.
Celebrate Chinese New Year with this homemade baked sticky rice cake with red bean paste.
Enjoy these delicious treats at Chinese New Year, for the Lantern Festival, or on any day of the year.
Traditionally eaten for Chinese New Year, this dish is also popular throughout the year.
Simple and flavourful, this noodle dish is sure to satisfy your cravings.
The same warming and comforting soup, made in half the time.
Familiar and comforting, this soup is unsurprisingly a favourite for chasing away the cold bugs.
This quick and easy recipe is delicious and a firm weeknight meal favourite; even the kids love it.
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