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Thick asian noodles?

jillybean38 Aug 7, 2008 09:04 AM

My husband has a craving for thick asian noodles (not my personal fav - I like lo mein). There are not the kind in soup but served with either veg or meat and sauce. What would they be listed as on a menu? Can anyone provide a rec in the West end?

Thanks for your help.

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    robb RE: jillybean38 Aug 7, 2008 09:27 AM

    Possibly as Shanghai Noodles

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      Gary RE: jillybean38 Aug 7, 2008 09:56 AM

      Hmm, not much to go on here. My first thought for "thick" noodles is udon, but those are almost always served in broth. Check this site out, it categorizes noodles by type, shows pictures, and gives alternate names for each.


      1. Teep RE: jillybean38 Aug 7, 2008 10:46 AM

        Chinese thick noodles = shanghai noodles, mostly fried
        Japanese thick noodles = udon, usually in soup, sometimes fried
        Korean thick "noodles" = chap chae (I've seen these called soba by unscrupulous restaurateurs)

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        1. re: Teep
          fickle RE: Teep Aug 7, 2008 11:24 AM

          There's also Chow Fun or Ho Fun (flat rice noodle).

          1. re: fickle
            jillybean38 RE: fickle Aug 7, 2008 12:04 PM

            Thank you, thank you, thank you - now I have a name - Shanghai noodles. Now I have to work on the restaurant part - does anyone have a recommendation?

            1. re: jillybean38
              jennjen18 RE: jillybean38 Aug 7, 2008 05:28 PM

              Ding Tai Fung....

          2. re: Teep
            mrsleny RE: Teep Aug 7, 2008 04:58 PM

            I thought "chap chae" was potato starch noodles.

            1. re: mrsleny
              vorpal RE: mrsleny Aug 7, 2008 07:04 PM

              Chap Chae is sweet potato starch noodles. I've never seen them thick, and I can't imagine them being served that way. Teep, are you sure that you're not thinking of something else?

              1. re: vorpal
                Teep RE: vorpal Aug 7, 2008 07:36 PM

                Well the OP asked for "asian", so thought I'd cover the major cuisines. It is thicker than say Chinese egg noodles or Japanese soba.

                1. re: vorpal
                  mrsleny RE: vorpal Aug 7, 2008 07:37 PM

                  Maybe Teep is thinking of jajangmyun?

                  1. re: mrsleny
                    Teep RE: mrsleny Aug 7, 2008 08:31 PM

                    No, I forgot about that. However Jajang refers to the sauce. Do the noodles themselves have a name? (Myoen just refets to generic noodles, from the Chinese "mien", AFAIK. In fact this dish is a Chinese import.)

                    1. re: Teep
                      mrsleny RE: Teep Aug 7, 2008 09:26 PM

                      You're right ... jajang does refer to the sauce and it's a variation of a Chinese dish. My package of noodles from HMart just says "Jajang guksoo". I don't know if there's a special name for the thick noodle itself.

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