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Jun 21, 2013 06:22 AM

Where to buy noodles for chow fun?

Please be specific as there are multitudes of various fresh, and dry noodles. I am in S. Bay area and have closest access to 99 Ranch, and Lion markets. Thanks for your help.

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  1. Lion market at 280 and Saratoga in SJ. Fresh rice noodles in front of the refrigerated cases near the produce (far right side of the store as you walk in)

    6 Replies
    1. re: 2m8ohed

      Thanks for your response. Wondering if there is a dry option since I have to make a sizeable quantity? Can I use a dry, wide rice noodles like for pad thai?

      1. re: letsindulge

        If you are looking for dry, then any decent Asian grocery store will carry that. The dry kind isn't the same as the fresh stuff though.

      2. re: 2m8ohed

        Yes, I saw them @ the SJ Lion's market the other day. Have already purchased the dry, x-wide rice noodles so I'll go with those this time around.

        1. re: letsindulge

          From experience, some of these dry rice noodles have some kind of starch (e.g., tapioca) added. This also applies to other types of dry noodles like the thin mung bean noodles.

          1. re: vincentlo

            Uh oh...I hope they turn out for Sunday!

            1. re: vincentlo

              Doesn't fresh chow fun also have starch added these days? I thought that was the difference between the old style fresh chow fun noodles from the 1970s and 1980s and the chewier current chow fun noodles sold today.

        2. Marina Market in San Mateo sometimes has them, so maybe the Marina Market in Cupertino has them, too. (They're usually 16 ounces and wrapped in plastic on styrofoam trays. You might try calling them.