Chinese Noodle History, Types and Recipes

Almost every culture has at least one favorite noodle dish, like German spaetzle, which is homemade noodles with egg (noodle pastries filled with beef, chicken, and spices). But, only the Italians can compete with China for the title of people who eat noodles the most.

The Chinese think each meal should have an equal amount of fiber (grains and starches) and protein (fruits and vegetables). Noodles are one of the grain dishes they rely on to keep this balance in their diet.

Chinese Noodle

History of Noodles

Some people don’t agree on who was the first to think of mixing water and flour to make noodles. Some say they were the first people to use dried pasta. They did this to keep flour fresh while traveling through the desert. But no matter where they came from, we know that Chinese people have eaten noodles for about 2,000 years, since the Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD). Some experts think the first time Italians ate pasta was when Marco Polo returned from his long journey through China with noodles and other strange foods.

Asian noodles come in a range of widths, from as thick as coffee stir sticks to as thin as toothpicks, just like Italian pasta. In terms of length, on the other hand, they are usually served long and uncut. In Chinese culture, long noodles signify the hope of living a long life. People often eat noodles at birthday parties, and fresh noodles are often left at gravesites.

What are the Types of Noodles?

There are three main types of Chinese noodles, which are all called “mien.” Wheat flour noodles are the most common and can be made with or without eggs. Depending on the dish, wheat noodles can be white or yellow, thin like spaghetti or thick like Fettucine, hard or very flexible.

They can be thick or thin. Rice noodles are made from rice flour, water, and salt. The rice noodles almost look like long strands of coconut. Rice sticks are the same way. There are wrappers made of rice paper that are either round or triangular. Cellophane noodles are made from ground mung beans and are clear.

In China, making “hand-pulled” noodles is an art that involves holding the stretched-out paste in both hands and spinning it around several times. The paste is then spread out on a board and folded repeatedly. In the end, the paste is turned into thin, long noodles. Even though you can still watch people make noodles by hand in China, most noodles are now made by machines. ​

Here are the most common noodles in Chinese cuisine:

Cellophane Noodles:  Cellophane noodles are made from mung bean starch. They are also called bean threads, slippery noodles, and bean vermicelli. Soak them in hot (but not boiling) water before you use them. Cellophane noodles are good in soups and stir-fries because they take on the flavor of what they are cooked with. When they are deep-fried, they puff up and get very crunchy. ​

Egg Flour Noodles: Whether fresh or dried, these noodles are often yellow. Eggs, wheat flour, and water are used to make these noodles, which range from thin vermicelli to flat, thicker noodles (instant Ramen is a type of egg noodle). Before adding them to soups and stir-fries, they need to be boiled. ​

Rice Noodles:  Rice noodles are made from rice flour and water. There are many kinds of rice noodles, from thin vermicelli to thick flat noodles. The term “rice sticks” can be used for thin and flat noodles that are medium-sized or thicker. Before you use them, rice noodles should be soaked in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes. B NH Pho is medium-sized rice noodles used to make Pho soup, a popular dish in Vietnam. ​​

How to Enjoy Noodles?

You can eat noodles hot or cold, steamed, stir-fried, boiled, deep-fried, or in a soup. N models are a great way to get protein, have few calories, and are full of complex carbs.

​​Chow mein and lo mein are both classic dishes that feature noodles. The two dishes are different not because of their noodles but because of how they are made. For chow mein, the ingredients are stir-fried and then put on top of noodles that were made separately. For chow mein, on the other hand, you throw boiled noodles into the wok and mix them with other ingredients during the last stages of cooking. It lets more of the sauce flavor stick to the noodles.

There are no hard and fast rules about what kind of noodles go with what dish. For example, many chow mein recipes call for rice instead of noodles. In the West, chow mein is usually made with crisp noodles, but in China, it is made with soft noodles. Chow Mein recipes work well with Italian pasta like fettuccine or spaghetti.

How to Make Perfect Chinese Noodles?


  • 1 lb Chinese noodles of your choice
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Two garlic cloves peeled and thinly sliced
  • ½ inch piece of fresh ginger grated
  • Three green onions sliced into thin rounds
  • One 8-ounce package of fresh stir-fry vegetables
  • Three tablespoons of dry sherry
  • 1 cup cooked meat of your choice cut into bite-size(optional)
  • Two tablespoons low sodium light soy sauce
  • One tablespoon low sodium dark soy sauce
  • One tablespoon of oyster sauce optional
  • Ground black or white pepper to taste


  • Cook the noodles for a little less time than what it says on the package (until just underdone).
  • Drain and rinse with cold water, then set aside.
  • On high heat, heat the oil in the wok—and the garlic and ginger when the oil is hot.
  • Stir-fry for 30 seconds before adding the stir-fry vegetables and green onions.
  • For 2–3 minutes, stir-fry. Add the sherry and let it dry before adding the cooked noodles and any meat you use. Mix everything by giving it a good toss.
  • Turn the heat down to medium and add the oyster sauce, pepper, and soy sauce. Stir-fry for another minute or two, then add the rest of the green onions, toss, and serve.

Cook’s Tips:

The trick to the perfect noodle stir-fry- is to cook the noodles until they are al dente or just slightly undercooked and then rinse them in cold water to stop the cooking process.

Noodles stir-fry better- if you shake them until they are as dry as possible after you drain them. They shouldn’t feel damp when you touch them.

To keep your noodles from sticking- After draining them, put them back in the pot and toss them with a little sesame oil or cooking oil before putting them in the wok.

Prepare your ingredients before heating the wok- Things move quickly when stir-frying. Before you start, make sure everything is ready.

Set the heat to high. Heat your wok before adding the oil. This step will help prevent food from sticking to the pan.

Once the oil is added- spread it around the pan to coat well. Choose an oil with a high smoke point.

Are Chinese Noodles Healthier than Pasta?

Pasta and rice noodles are almost the same in terms of calories, fat, fiber, and carbs. If you’re on a low-carb diet, like keto, you should stick to zoodles. Rice noodles have almost no sugar, while a regular pasta serving has about 2 grams of sugar. Both have no cholesterol, too. There are more vitamins in pasta than in noodles. N niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, and thiamin are some of the vitamins that have been added. The amount of folic acid is the main difference. For example, a half-cup of pasta has 83mg of folic acid, while a half-cup of

They also ate more sodium and calories than before. People who eat more instant noodles are also more likely to get metabolic syndrome, a condition that makes you more likely to get heart disease, Diabetes, and a stroke. Asian noodles are healthier than other kinds because they are lower in calories and carbs and usually come with many vegetables. Most of the time, Asian noodles are healthier than other kinds because they are lower in calories and carbs and usually come with many vegetables.

Can Diabetics Eat Noodles?

People with Diabetes can eat noodles as part of a healthy diet focusing on moderation, controlling portions, and finding a balance between diet and exercise. Especially whole grain noodles are full of healthy things. To control blood sugar, keep a healthy weight, and avoid other long-term diseases, noodles should be eaten with other foods that are high in nutrients.


A healthy diet for diabetics focuses on whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Foods high in saturated and trans fats, added sugar, sodium, refined grains, and fatty meats should be avoided because they can cause weight gain, obesity, diabetes complications, and other diseases like cancer, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Whole Grains

Grain is what noodles are made of. The federal food guidelines say that half of all grains should be whole. Whole grains include whole wheat, brown rice, quinoa, and barley. Whole grains are less processed than refined grains, which means they have more vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They say that fiber makes it take longer for the body to absorb sugar, which can help blood sugar levels. Fiber can also help lower cholesterol, make you feel fuller, and make your digestive system work better. Whole grain noodles that are easy to find include whole wheat pasta, quinoa pasta, and brown rice noodles.

Nutrition and Serving Size

The American Diabetes Association recommends putting grains or starches on 25% of your plate to control portion size. People with Diabetes who use the diabetes exchange list can count 1/3 cup of cooked noodles or pasta as one serving or one starch exchange. About 58 calories, 2 grams of protein, 12 grams of carbs, 1 to 2 grams of fiber, and less than 1 gram of fat are in 1/3 cup of whole wheat pasta. It’s also a good source of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin E, and B vitamins.

Eating Out

People with Diabetes can order noodles that are good for them when they are out. Order noodles that have been boiled or baked instead of fried or stir-fried ones. The latter is made with a lot of oil, which makes them higher in calories and fat. Order pasta with tomato sauce instead of cream or butter sauces. Cream and butter are high in saturated fat and cholesterol, raising blood cholesterol and triglycerides and leading to heart disease. Use hard cheeses like Parmesan, Asiago, or pecorino romano to top pasta dishes. These cheeses have less fat than mozzarella and cheddar and taste better. Share a main dish, order a noodle appetizer as your main dish, or eat half of what is served and take the rest home for another meal.


Serve noodles with other foods high in nutrients to keep them healthy. Both dried and fresh noodles are healthy, but you should avoid deep-fried noodles because they have more calories and fat. Add a variety of colorful vegetables to hot or cold pasta, serve Asian noodles on a bed of steamed greens, and replace ground beef in spaghetti and meatballs with ground chicken for a healthier meal.


One of the best kinds of food to eat is Chinese food. Each dish has a lot of different kinds of vegetables and, most of the time, meat. Chinese foods vary a lot from city to city and region in China. A lot depends on the person cooking. Even though it’s safe to say that most Chinese food is healthy, people with Diabetes should watch their carbohydrate intake, and everyone should watch how much sodium they eat. People with Diabetes may not want to eat a lot of the Chinese food made all over the United States.