There are two basic types of Chinese noodles, wheat flour noodles which are yellow, and rice flour noodles which are white. Many shapes are available and their texture varies, with the addition of egg for instance. The translucent vermicelli or cellophane noodles are made from mung bean flour.
Throughout the Asian world, noodle dishes take on myriad guises. There are curried noodles (such as Malaysia's laksa), plus Indonesian spicy fried noodles (bahmi goreng), Vietnamese beef noodles (pho), complex recipes cooked with choice ingredients, and humble vegetarian dishes. There are also dozens of varieties of instant noodles available.
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