Noodles in Austin – where to eat them and what kinds are there? This post will give all the details!
Among the many foods I love, noodles make the list! Growing up, I had Chinese noodles at least once a week in different forms, usually in soup or stir-fried.
Below are 10 countries and regions and their noodle dishes, plus a few recommendations of where to try them in Austin.
One of the noodles I eat most often is Vietnamese. I love pho, no matter what season it is because the soup is light yet flavorful. I usually order it with brisket and meatballs. For soup-less noodles, vermicelli bowls are delicious with chargrilled meat and the amount of greens makes it feel like a salad.
The Filipino pancit noodle dish reminds me of a Chinese variation (lo mein) I ate at home growing up. These thin, white noodles are stir-fried with mixed veggies like cabbage, carrots, and bell peppers.
Fideua (or also spelled fideo) is like paella but instead of rice, noodles are used. The fideua looks like thin angel hair pasta about an inch long. Fideua is traditional to Catalonia, the northeastern part of Spain. The most popular kinds of fideua are with seafood or with seafood and squid ink, which turns the dish black.
Where to get Spanish noodles in Austin: Verdad True Modern Mexican
My love of noodles came from all the Chinese noodles I ate as a kid. There are LOTS of options for Chinese noodles in Austin. Hands down, my favorite noodle dish is wonton noodle soup, a Cantonese dish with shrimp and pork wontons with long, thin noodles. Don’t forget the braised cow stomach! I also love stir-fried beef flat noodles and bird’s nest noodles.
Tallarin is the Spanish word for noodles and the word Peruvians use to call their noodle dishes. Their noodles are similar to linguine and spaghetti. A noodle dish “Lima-style sauteed” will come out saucy and you can get it with “lomo saltado” or sauteed steak on top.
Korean cuisine has some great noodle dishes. Japchae, stir-fried glass noodles, is one of my favorites. Some other dishes you’ll find are naengmyeon (cold noodles in chilled broth), bibim-naengmyeon (spicy cold noodles), and udon.
One noodle-heavy country you might think of first is Italy. Their kinds of noodles are endless, from penne to linguine to spaghetti. Carbonara features a runny egg yolk with cheese and guanciale or bacon. Bolognese sauce is the typical red sauce with ground meat, known as your typical spaghetti. Don’t forget cacao e pepe (cheese and pepper)!
Pad Thai might be the first Thai noodle dish you think of, but the varieties are endless. Pad kee mao and pad see ew are two others. Offer me a bowl of my favorite Thai noodles, khao soi, and I’ll be a very, very happy girl. This northern Thai dish is also popular in Myanmar and Laos, and the egg noodles in spicy curry soup are an explosion of flavors.
From the instant noodles at your grocery store to the rise in popular restaurants, ramen is probably a noodle you are more familiar with today. Wheat noodles await in a rich broth and you must get ajitama (marinated soft-boiled egg)! Soba noodles and udon noodles are two other Japanese varieties, and like ramen, you may enjoy these in soup or soup-less with a dipping sauce.
Southeast Asian Noodles
The noodle dish on this list I haven’t tried is laksa, which is eaten in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. Laksa is a dish with rice noodles or vermicelli and very spicy coconut curry soup. (Sounds like khao soi!)
Where to get Southeast Asia noodles in Austin: The Peached Tortilla
What’s your favorite noodle and/or noodle dish?
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