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Jun 15, 2006 06:53 PM

Can you make chinese crispy noodles at home?

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My husband loves the little bowls of thin crispy noodles that come with the soup at Chinese food restaurants. Can these be made at home?

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  1. I never have, but I imagine it might just be egg roll wrappers fried in oil. I make them with flour tortillas for sante fe chicken salad and they taste similar.

    1. Not sure if this is what you're looking for, but you can deep-fry cellophane noodles for sure. You have to fry them dry (not cooked), though.

      1. I take it you are in the East, where fried strips of won ton noodles are served with the wretched egg drop soup so popular in that part of the country. Just get a pack of won ton noodles, cut into strips, and fry. If you get get the thicker noodles, so much the better.

        1. Hi,
          I posted a similar thread to this one a few months back. What I learned was that the noodles generally are just egg roll/wonton wrappers that have been cut into strips and deep fried. I believe the key to getting the proper taste comes in the oil--you need to use peanut oil. I tried using a regular vegetable oil blend and, while they somewhat resembled the noodles you get in restaurants, they definitely weren't the same. Hope that helps!

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          1. re: Laura D.

            Most Chinese restaurants stopped using peanut oil for frying many years ago. It is too expensive and the concern with peanut allergy. They use soybean oil or some form of partially hydrognated vegetable oil such as Fry Max.

          2. I have bought them in a can from a regular grocery store.

            As others have mentioned just fry cut up eggroll or wonton sheets.