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  • /ˈnuːd(ə)lz/
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noodles plural
  1. Plural of noodle

Extensive Definition

A noodle is made from unleavened dough that has been shaped into thin flat strips or round cylinders and cooked in a boiling liquid. Depending upon the type, noodles may be dried or refrigerated before cooking. The word noodle derives from the German Nudel (noodle) and may be related to the Latin word nodus (knot). In English, noodle is a generic term for unleavened dough made from many different types of ingredients and includes a variety of shapes.
The first written account of noodles is from the East Han Dynasty between AD 25 and 220. In October 2005, the oldest noodles yet discovered were found at the Lajia site (Qijia culture) along the Yellow River in Qinghai, China. The 4,000-year-old noodles appear to have been made from foxtail millet and broomcorn millet.

Types of noodles by primary ingredient


Egg noodles are usually made of a mixture of egg and flour



  • Flat or Thick rice noodles, also known as héfěn or ho fun (河粉), kway teow or sen yai (เส้นใหญ่)
  • Rice vermicelli: thin rice noodles, also known as mǐfěn (米粉) or bee hoon or sen mee (เส้นหมี่)

Mung bean

  • Cellophane noodles, also known as glass noodles, or bean vermicelli. fěnsī (粉絲) in Chinese, harusame(春雨) in Japanese, soun or suun in Indonesian, wun sen (วุ้นเส้น) in Thai.

Potato or canna starch



  • Acorn noodles, also known as dotori gooksoo (도토리국수), are made of acorn meal, wheat flour, wheat germ, and salt.

Types of noodle dishes

  • Pasta is an Italian noodle dish.
  • Basic noodles: These are cooked in water or broth, then drained. Other foods can be added (for example a pasta sauce ) or the noodles are added to other foods (see fried noodles or lasagna) or the noodles can be served plain with a dipping sauce or oil to be added at the table. In general, noodles are soft and absorb flavors.
  • Chilled noodles: noodles are sometimes served in a salad. An example is the Thai glass noodle salad yam woon sen. In Japan, traditional Japanese noodles such as soba and somen are often served chilled with a dipping sauce. Some western dishes like pasta salads also call for cold noodles.

Other uses

  • As an adjective, the word "noodle" can be combined with a body part in order to emphasize the narrowness or literal noodle-like size of such body part, often in a mocking sense. For example, "This credenza desk is very heavy. You won't be able to pick it up with those noodle-arms."
  • 'Noodling' is also a term for playing smooth fast guitar solos on the guitar.
  • Also used as a verb, to ponder. Example, "I have been noodling that idea for some time."
  • Also a noodle is a foam pool toy.

See also



noodles in Czech: Nudle
noodles in Danish: Nudler
noodles in German: Nudel
noodles in Spanish: Fideo
noodles in Esperanto: Nudelo
noodles in French: Nouille
noodles in Classical Chinese: 麵
noodles in Korean: 국수
noodles in Ido: Nudelo
noodles in Indonesian: Mi (makanan)
noodles in Italian: Noodles
noodles in Hebrew: אטריות
noodles in Swahili (macrolanguage): Tambi
noodles in Lithuanian: Makaronai
noodles in Malay (macrolanguage): Mi
noodles in Dutch: Mie (voedsel)
noodles in Japanese: 麺
noodles in Norwegian: Nudler
noodles in Portuguese: Macarrão
noodles in Quechua: Fidiyu
noodles in Russian: Лапша
noodles in Simple English: Noodle
noodles in Finnish: Nuudeli
noodles in Swedish: Nudel
noodles in Thai: ก๋วยเตี๋ยว
noodles in Vietnamese: Mỳ sợi
noodles in Contenese: 麪
noodles in Chinese: 面条
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