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March is National Noodle Month: Try These Noodle Dishes From Around the World

Prepare for your new favorite month-long holiday – if you didn’t already have an excuse to regularly chow down on the planet’s favorite comfort food, March has been decreed National Noodle Month by the National Pasta Association. During the colder winter months noodle consumption already spikes 20%, but American families don’t need an excuse for a warm plate of pasta or a simmering bowl of stir-fry.

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Noodles were first invented in the 13th century, when bakers would fashion their dough into symbolic shapes like stars, birds, or crosses to sell as treats and novelties. Now, fashioning dough into noodles and using them as a base for meals is the predominant method of cooking in several cultures.

Here are some of the most popular and iconic noodle dishes from around the globe. Our mouth is watering just thinking about them:


A staple in Vietnam, pho is to that country what pasta is to Italy. Any hour of the day you can find locals enjoying a soothing bowl of pho in cities like Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi. Beef or chicken broth serves as the base, and the noodles are actually made from rice, so your gluten-intolerant friends or family can partake as well. The garnishes, like ginger, fish sauce, cilantro, scallions, and bean sprouts truly make a good pho dish.


Perfected by the Hawaiians after the influx of Chinese and Japanese immigrants during the 1800s, saimin is a favorite Hawaiian classic. The dish consists of egg noodles, Japanese-style broth (dashi), and a good helping of spam. Essentially a street vendor food, saimin is so popular year-round in Hawaii that the McDonalds in the state added it to their menu.

Wonton Noodles

In Hong Kong wonton noodles reign supreme. Consisting of (you guessed it) egg noodles and wonton dumplings, the hot broth and leafy vegetables add zest to this Cantonese dish. Served in small bowls so the wontons don’t become soggy, this dish is traditionally served with wontons stuffed with shrimp or beef. Ho Kung Kee in Hong Kong is considered one of premiere restaurants for enjoying wonton noodles.

Pad Thai

One of the most consistently eaten meals around the world, pad Thai originated in (you guessed it) Thailand. On the streets of Bangkok you’ll find the most delectable pad Thai, built around its core ingredients of stir-fried rice noodles, tofu, eggs, tamarind pulp, garlic, shallots, and meat. Prepare for a kick of flavor when you add the lime juice, peanuts, and chili flakes.


Very popular in the states, Ramen is always better when you try an authentic bowl of noodles in Japan. Many American restaurants have their own take on it, but travel to Tokyo for the most delicious shoyu (soy sauce), shio (salt), or other variety of ramen. For some of the best tori-paitan ramen in the world check out Kagari, a renowned restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo.

Ash Reshteh

Ideal for winter, ash reshteh is a thick, hearty Persian vegetable soup. The main ingredients are reshteh noodles, khask, chickpeas, lentils, and spinach, but the seasonings like turmeric and parsley really characterize the flavor. The noodles of ash reshteh are purported to bring good fortune, and as such it is a common meal before Norouz (Persian New Year) in Iran.

When preparing your favorite noodle dishes from around the world, be sure to use filtered water for best results!

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