Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tuesday’s Cupful: Bean Thread Noodles

A gluten-free alternative
This food item is a staple in Asian Cuisines. They’re also known as mung bean noodles, cellophane noodles or glass noodles. Expect an appearance and consistency that’s very similar to rice vermicelli. The best cellophane noodles are tasteless and come made from green mung bean, but also be aware of cheaper varieties made from wheat. Cooks must soak the dried and packaged noodles in steaming hot water for several minutes to make them soft, pliable, and more apt to soak up flavors in stir-frys, soups, or salads. These bland noodles are popular for their ability to absorb spices, sauces, and added seasonings in different dishes.

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