How to Make Traditional Chinese Noodles

Chinese noodles are popular throughout the world. There are hundreds of different types of Chinese noodles but the traditional Chinese noodles are still among the most popular forms as they are being made since centuries in China. The different types include noodles made from rice flour and wheat. Traditional Chinese noodles can be cooked in the same manner as regular pasta is cooked, but they do not take as much time to be cooked as spaghetti or other forms of pasta. You can serve Chinese noodles with lunch or dinner, and by making the traditional Chinese noodles at home, you can save yourself a lot of money as compared to eating them at a restaurant.

Prep time: 2 min
Cooking time: 3 – 5 mins
Total time: 5 – 7 mins
Yield: 4 persons
Utensils: 8-quart stockpot, colander, bowl and skillet


Chinese noodles: ½ pound
Soy sauce: as per taste
Vegetable oil: 2 to 3 tbsp.
Stir-fry vegetables: optional (for topping)
Sweet and sour chicken: optional (for topping)
Scrambled eggs or thinly sliced beef: optional (for topping)


  • 1

    Fill an 8-quart stockpot with water

    The first step towards making traditional Chinese noodles is to fill an 8-quart stockpot with 20 cups or 5 quarts of water before you boil it. Once the water starts to boil, you can put ½ to 1 pound of Chinese noodles in the pot.

  • 2

    Check the noodles

    For doneness, you need to check the noodles after four or five minutes. Test them by trying to cut the noodles against the side of the pan with a fork, if you can do that, it means they are ready. If you are preparing thin rice noodles, they get done even quicker (approximately 2 to 3 minutes).

  • 3

    Drain the noodles

    Drain the noodles in the sink with the help of a colander. At this moment, you need to stop the cooking process quickly and that can be done by rinsing them immediately with cold running water.

  • 4

    Serve the noodles

    Place the noodles in a nice large bowl and add the remaining ingredients on the top. For topping, you may use stir-fried vegetables, sweet and sour chicken, scrambled eggs or thinly sliced beef.

  • 5

    Fried noodles

    If you are looking for traditional fried Chinese noodles, you may follow the above mentioned steps and drain and rinse the noodles under cold water. You will then have to heat a skillet with 2 to 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot, you can put the noodles in the skillet and fry them while constantly stirring. You can switch off the heat when the noodles are golden brown.

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