I’m sure you have the same problem I have at Asian restaurants: which noodles can I eat and which have wheat? I hate looking at all those lovely noodle dishes on the menu and deciding not to have any, just to be on the safe side. So I’ve compiled a checklist of the most common types of noodles found in Asian restaurants.
Yes = rice noodles, meaning wheat allergy sufferers can eat them!
No = wheat noodles, meaning wheat allergy sufferers cannot eat them.
Chow Fun: Sometimes – see comments section below. If you can’t be sure, don’t take a chance on these.
Chow Mein: No
Egg Noodles/Dan Mien: No
Ho Fun/Lai Fen: Yes
Hokkein Noodles: No
Hong Kong Noodles: No
Lo Mein: No
Lo Shee Fun: Yes
Mei Fei: Yes
Sha He Fan: Yes
Shanghai Noodles: No
Soba Noodles: No
Vermicelli Sheets: Yes
You can use these resources to check out the full list, complete with Thai, Chinese, Japanese, and other names for each noodle type. The list also includes how to make these noodles, where they are most popular, and what you can substitute for them:
And when you’re eating all these lovely noodles, make sure to watch In The Mood For Love, a movie where many noodles are bought and eaten 🙂 Great movie review and brief summary here: http://foreignfilmsfrenzy.wordpress.com/2010/09/22/in-the-mood-for-love/
Or read Family by Pa Chin, which has no noodles, but is the epitome of excellent Asian literature.