For a filling and unique dish with some authentic flavor, look for quick-cooking Asian noodles that add a lot of flair and taste to the dinner table. Top noodles with plenty of fantastic ingredients to turn this simple dish into an incredible meal that's worthy of seconds (and even thirds!) Check out these amazingly flavorful recipes featuring some of our favorite varieties of noodles, toppings, and sauces.
Cashew Cream Pad Thai
Don't mistakenly buy fettuccine-like pad Thai noodles, as they take much longer to soak to an edible consistency. Look for the thin brown-rice variety, often called vermicelli or mai fun. The longer they sit, the better these noodles will get, as they continue to soak up the flavors of the nutty cashew cream.
Cold Noodle Salad with Sesame Crab
This dish comes from Minneapolis chefs Jamie Malone and Erik Anderson. Pay attention to how you cook the noodles: You don't want them too soft or mushy, but with a pleasant, chewy texture.
Chili-Garlic Shrimp and Noodle Stir-FryThe more color, the better flavor, right? Chili-Garlic Shrimp and Noodle Stir-Fry makes a healthy and delicious weeknight dinner.
Easy Thai Steak Noodle BowlThis recipe provides amazing Thai flavors by utilizing easy, supermarket-available ingredients.
Roast Turkey PhoYou can substitute unsalted chicken stock for the homemade. If you do, simmer with the water, stock, peppercorns, sugar, star anise, and ginger, and proceed with recipe from there.
Egg Noodle Stir-Fry with BroccoliThe red chiles add vibrant color and deep, fruity heat. If you can't find them, substitute 1/4 cup thinly sliced Fresno peppers (which are much milder). Look for very young ginger; it will have thinner skin and a less fibrous interior.
Asian Rice Noodle and Shrimp SoupThis Asian-inspired soup features thin rice noodles, shrimp, ginger, and fresh vegetables.
Thai Beef and Basil Noodles with Shiitake GravyIf you have trouble finding shiitake mushrooms, use whatever 'shrooms you have on hand. Sliced creminis would work equally well for this saucy noodle bowl.
Asian Beef-Noodle SaladCellophane noodles turn clear and slippery when cooked in water, or puffy and crisp when deep fried. Asian Beef-Noodle Salad features cellophane noodles topped with roast beef, carrot, and snow peas and served on a bed of torn spinach.
Udon Noodles with Sesame and TofuUdon noodles are thick and made from wheat flour. They are often found in hot soups or served cold in summer. Serve with baked Asian-style tofu, diced cucumber, shredded carrot, green onions, and toasted sesame seeds for a delicious meatless noodle dish.
Thai Shrimp ScampiThere are lots of sustainable shrimp options available; ask at the seafood counter to ensure you're making the right choice. If you have trouble finding lemongrass, substitute 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind.
Soba Noodle Salad with Chicken and BroccoliCook these noodles in a large Dutch oven according and add broccoli, bell peppers, and chicken, for a well-rounded and delicious meal.
Soba Noodles with Miso BrothTan, thin soba noodles are made from buckwheat and wheat flour. Top bowls of cooked soba noodles with a soup made from mushrooms, chicken broth, miso, and tofu and seasoned with fresh ginger and garlic.
Vietnamese-Style Pork Noodle SaladThink of this refreshing salad as a deconstructed spring roll: cool rice noodles, crisp vegetables, and a sweet-and-spicy vinaigrette instead of a dipping sauce. Top it all off with savory stir-fried pork.
Asian Noodles with Roast PorkThis traditional Singaporean dish is a savory mix of tasty noodles, Chinese broccoli and pork.
Vietnamese Beef-Noodle SoupIntroduce your taste buds to Vietnamese cuisine with this quick and easy soup. The rich broth, aromatic herbs, and tender steak will leave you wanting more.
Vegetable and Chicken Lo MeinEgg noodles, made from wheat and egg, are often found in chow mein and lo mein recipes. Stir fry fresh ginger, garlic, chicken, and assorted vegetables and add to cooked noodles for a homemade lo mein dish.
Apricot-Hoisin Pork Chops with SomenSomen noodles are thin, white Japanese noodles made of wheat flour. Flavor pork chops with apricot preserves and hoisin sauce and serve over somen noodles for a hearty Asian-inspired meal.
Thai Tofu and Spicy Asian NoodlesWith less than 350 calories, this pasta dish is a fresh and light tofu dish for those interested in a meatless entree.
Asian Sesame Noodles with ChickenThe peanut butter gives this recipe a rich and nutty flavor that's both sweet and hard to resist.