One of the important destinations you always put in your itinerary is where to eat. For travelers, putting the tasty destination in the itinerary is wise move because sometimes you need more time to research information about where you should eat during your travelling compared to time required to research about where you should go and see. Speaking of tasty destination, budget has important role to decide where you should eat but if somehow you’re travelling around Asia, there are always noodles to comfort your belly as well as your wallet. Throughout Asia, you will find more types of noodles than any where in the world, so don’t miss the chance to taste the tastiest noodles from Asia continental.
Lo Mein, China
When it comes to noodles and then there is no better place you should go but China it is because noodles are always closely associated to Chinese. Lo Mein is noodles made from wheat flour but occasionally also made with some eggs added to the ingredients. This kind of noodles are served hot with soy-based sauce with the mix of vegetables, boiled egg, seafood or meats. For the best experience, try to eat the noodles with the bamboo chopsticks even if you’re not an expert yet.
Naengmyeon now widely known as one of the Korean’s cuisine though it is originated from North Korea. However, if visiting North Korea for a bowl of naengmyeon is too much for you, you don’t need to worry because this kind of noodles are available in South Korea as well, especially in Busan. Unlike the other type of noodles, Naengmyeon is served in cold sauce along with the Asian pickles, shredded cucumbers and chili paste that makes this cold noodles hot.
Compared to ramen, udon is more Japan because of the special characteristic of the noodles which are thicker than ramen and made from wheat flour. In Japan, udon is not only the comfort food but kind of food served daily, so it is not hard to find udon in Japan. This type of noodles are served in hot pot with savory and salty broth. A perfect comfort food during winter.
Pho is Vietnam’s signature dish you should taste. It is made from rice flour which makes the texture is different from any noodles made from wheat flour and the taste is amazing. In Vietnam, pho consumed by all the states of society and served in almost all occasions from daily meal to big celebration party. Pho is served in hot broth but once the noodles are put into the bowl of chicken or beef broth, they should be eaten quickly or the noodles will become soft and then dissolve to the hot broth.
Mie Goreng, Indonesia
Mie Goreng means fried noodles and widely and easily found in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. The choice of noodles which are fried also varied from wheat based noodles with eggs well known as yellow noodles, rice flour based noodles like pho, and also flat noodles best known as kwetiau. The dish served hot rightly after being fried with chicken or seafood. The taste is the combination of spicy and sweet flavor.
So, now you know that noodles are not about instant noodles or ramen because there are a lot of delicious homemade noodles you should try throughout Asia. The recommendations above are the tastiest noodles from Asia though the options are not limited to that list, more variants of udon, naengmyeon or pho could be found and available for you to taste. The way they served also different, some are served with broth while some others are fried. The choice is all yours.