Noodles Key facts As well as wheat, noodles are made from rice, buckwheat, mung bean and even acorn dough. They are widely used in Oriental cookery, in salads, soups and other dishes.

The word has an Oriental tone to most of us, yet tagliatelli, fettucine and linguini are forms of noodles too, being ribbon-, thread- or even worm-shaped (vermicelli means little worms) lengths of pasta.

Egg noodles are made with wheat and should be cooked to retain a bit of a bite, just like their Italian cousins.

Rice noodles used to be a trouble to shop for as they lurked under confusing names like stick noodles and had the cooking time in six languages – all Asian. Now, thankfully, they have become standard supermarket items: there must be a lot of people cooking Pad Thai at home.

If you have trouble tracking down soba noodles, try as they have a wide range of Japanese products.

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