Greey is a Toronto food writer who speaks Mandarin Chinese
and has lived and worked in Taiwan. Journeywoman asked
her to explain the mysteries of the noodle dishes we might
encounter on journeys East. Madelaine writes...
Noodles are a major
staple across Asia and come in many different delicious
and inexpensive varieties.
Chinese Culinary Pleasures...
- Egg noodles
- Wheat noodles
- Rice flour noodle
- Mung bean noodles
- To create a lo
mein, noodles are cooked then stir-fried with various
vegetables, meats and seafoods.
- To create a chow
mein, noodles are cooked, drained, then shaped into
a nest which is fried on both sides until crispy, then
blanketed with a stir-fried mixture.
What to Order in Chinese Restaurants:
- Shanghai noodles
are round wheat noodles that are cooked then stir-fried
in a savory sauce with chicken, pork and shrimp.
noodles feature rice vermicelli noodles, curry powder,
shrimp, barbecued pork and ham.
- Soup noodles are
on the menus of most Cantonese restaurants and are composed
of egg noodles in broth, topped with barbecued meats.
- Pan stickers are
Chinese dumplings that have been boiled then fried until
golden brown, served with dipping sauce.
Japanese Taste Treats
- Ramen -- wheat;
most commonly sold pre-cooked with packets of broth
- Soba -- buckwheat
- Somen -- wheat,
- Udon -- wheat;
a square-edged, thick, chewy noodle
What to Order in Japanese Restaurants:
- Yakisoba are Japanese
- Tempura Soba is
a noodle soup topped with deep fried vegetables and
- Nabeyaki Udon
is udon noodles in stock topped with chicken, seafood,
fish and vegetables.
Thai Treats Along the
- Ba mee -- Chinese-style
- Gway tio -- wide,
- Sen mee -- rice
- Wun sen -- glass
noodles or mung bean thread noodles.
What to order in Thai Restaurants:
- Mee Krob is a
sticky and sweet dish composed of deep fried rice vermicelli
topped with chicken, pork and shrimp in a sweet sauce.
- Pad Thai is stir-fried
rice-stick noodles mixed with egg, bean sprouts, meats
and seafood in a peanut and tomato sauce.
- Glass noodle salad
features delicate mung bean noodles tossed with a mixture
of ground pork, dried shrimp, peanuts, garlic, sugar,
lime juice and chili peppers.
Her Cultural Nutrition
bean curd and bean thread noodles offer a tasty substitute
for those with wheat allergies or sensitivities.
Travelling to Vietnam
Travel guides to consider:
Vietnam on a Plate
-- A Culinary Journey ISBN: 962-7992-02-X
Macau on a Plate --
A Culinary Journey ISBN: 962-7992-01-1
Series Editor --
Series Author -- Annabel
Series Publisher --
Roundhouse Publications (Asia) Ltd. Hong Kong
These lovely guides
explore culinary traditions as well as modern menu, and
at the same time they create an intimate and entertaining
portrait of a country, its people and its cuisine. Well
worth picking up!
Her Thoughts on Food
Noodles are not
only amusing but delicious.
(Julia Child, Julia Child & Company 1978)
"May your rice never
burn," is the New Year's Greeting of the Chinese. "May
it never be gummy," is ours.
(Irma and Marion Rombauer, The Joy of Cooking, 1931)
If you're interested
in cooking, you're also just naturally interested in art,
in love and in culture.
(Madame Jehane Benoit, The Canadian, 1974)
Japanese food is
very pretty and undoubtedly a suitable cuisine in Japan...Hostesses
hellbent on serving such food to occidentals would be
well advised to supplement it with something more substantial
and to keep in mind that almost everybody likes french
fries. (Fran Lebowitz, Metropolitan Life, 1978)
(Source: The New Beacon Book of Quotations by Women
-- Rosalie Maggio)