What is your favorite noodle dish? Noodles are primarily made of flour and water. It can be prepared in many different ways, and it goes well with almost anything.
Interestingly, each country has its own way of preparing noodle dishes. Here are some of the most popular ones.
Who has not tried lasagna? Italy is well-known for its pasta and many other delicious dishes. Lasagna is a very popular dish that uses wide or flat pasta. It is made of alternating layers of noodles and sauce, baked in a classic casserole.
Typically, its ingredients include ground beef, tomato sauce, and cheese. It is usually topped with bechamel sauce or white sauce. As for the cheese, it can vary from mozzarella, parmesan, or ricotta.
Modern recipes use a combination of different cheeses. Lasagna is usually paired with garlic bread, salad, or pizza. It also goes well with red wine, specifically pinot noir.
Laksa, Southeast Asia
The laksa noodle soup is popular in Southeast Asia, particularly in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It is prepared with traditional Asian vermicelli noodles which are thin white noodles. These look similar to spaghetti noodles, only thinner.
This dish is flavorful. It has spicy broth with tamarind or coconut as a base. The laksa paste is the main flavoring, which is a blend of different herbs and spices. Its soup tastes perfectly balanced, it’s not too heavy nor is it too watery.
Aside from its very filling soup and vermicelli, laksa is loaded with toppings such as shrimp, fishball, tofu, hard-boiled eggs, and fish cake.
It is a must-try for tourists in South Asia. After all, it is considered to be one of the best dishes in the world.
Pho is Vietnam’s healthy noodle dish. It is popular local street food, and it is also served in different restaurants around the world. Pho is made of rice flour noodles, which are made either flat or thin.
The basic ingredients of this noodle dish include basil, cilantro, ginger, onion, beef brisket, and fish sauce. All these make for a flavorful broth. Sliced red chili can be added for a spicy flavor.
Pho is commonly served for breakfast in Vietnam. It is usually paired with a salad. Surprisingly, it also goes well with wine, specifically rosé.
Spaghetti and Meatballs, U.S.A.
An all-time favorite dish is spaghetti and meatballs which is very popular in the United States. It is a dish commonly seen in restaurants and even at parties. The spaghetti is made of similar ingredients to the lasagna.
The spaghetti is prepared with chicken broth, tomato sauce made of whole or crushed tomatoes, olive oil, salt, and pepper. As for the base, this classic dish uses long, thin cylindrical noodles.
The meatballs are prepared separately. These are made with a mixture of ground beef or pork, eggs, and milk. Herbs such as parsley, oregano, and basil are used for a more flavorful dish.
Spaghetti and meatballs make a great pair. This meal can be enjoyed with wines such as cabernet sauvignon and merlot.
When in Germany, a noodle dish that is popular with tourists is spaetzle. It is also well-loved by the locals. Spaetzle is made of a special type of egg noodle. In German households, it is usually made from scratch and the recipe is passed on to generations.
The noodles are first prepared with flour, salt, and eggs whisked together. Next, milk or water is added to form the dough. After boiling, it is drained and fried in butter.
When cooked, spaetzle noodles look like scrambled eggs. Other recipes add different types of cheese. It is usually paired with soup or brown gravy.
Have you tried a bowl of ramen? It is an extremely popular Japanese noodle soup. Authentic ramen is usually made of thin long noodles in a very rich broth. In Japan, ramen shops prepare noodles right in front of their customers.
There are four main types of ramen classified according to the broth. These are shoyu (soy sauce), shio (salt), miso (fermented soybean paste), and tonkotsu (pork).
Usually, ramen is topped with boiled tamago (egg), nori (seaweed), scallion, bamboo shoots, green onions, white sesame seeds, and finally, a slice of chashu (pork).
Ramen is usually served with gyoza dumplings and chicken karaage. This noodle dish can be perfectly paired with Japanese rice beer.
Filipino Spaghetti, Philippines
Have you ever tried spaghetti from the fast-food chain Jollibee? They serve a type of Filipino spaghetti. It is prepared similarly to the Italian bolognese spaghetti, but with a twist. This noodle dish is also called sweet spaghetti.
A Filipino spaghetti has tomato sauce, ground pork or beef, thin hotdog slices, and carrots. Next, it is sweetened with banana catsup, brown sugar, or evaporated milk. Sometimes a combination of these is added for more sweetness. Then finally, it is topped with grated cheese.
This sweet spaghetti is usually served at children’s birthday parties. It is usually served with fried chicken, cake, and cold soda.
Pad Thai, Thailand
Pad Thai is a street food that can be found all over Thailand. It has gained so much popularity that restaurants abroad are also serving it. This dish uses rice noodles as its base.
It is served without soup. The noodles are stir-fried mainly with shrimp and sometimes with chicken. Other ingredients include vegetables, eggs, peanut oil, green onions, bean sprouts, lime juice, and tofu. It can be topped with nuts and chili flakes.
Modern pad thai recipes use other meat such as beef. Some do not use meat and serve it as a vegetarian noodle dish. Pad thai is usually served with papaya salad, fresh spring rolls, or fried egg rolls.
Which of these dishes have you tried?
Noodle dishes are very popular and are served differently around the world. Many of these are served in restaurants, and they can also be prepared at home. Some recipes are even passed on from generation to generation. Try these noodle dishes the next time you dine out or travel.