How to Substitute Pasta Noodles for Chinese Noodles

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How to Substitute Pasta Noodles for Chinese Noodles
Both Chinese noodles and pasta are usually boiled before adding to other ingredients (Chinese noodles image by green 308 from

Chinese noodles are made from rice flour or wheat. Recipes that call for rice flour noodles will taste just as good if vermicelli, linguine or fettuccine are used instead, while those using wheat noodles can be made with fettuccine or spaghetti.

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Things you need

  • Fettuccine, vermicelli
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Assorted vegetables for stir fry/soup
  • Chicken stock
  • Beef
  • Soy sauce
  • Colander
  • Sauce pan
  • Frying pan

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    Using Pasta Fettucine in Chow Mein

  1. 1

    Add 4 to 6 qt. of water into a saucepan and place over heat till it comes to the boil. Add 2 tsp of salt to the water. Put the fettuccine in the saucepan and keep stirring to prevent sticking for about 5 minutes or until they are tender. Alternatively, if you prefer thin noodles, use vermicelli. Drain.

  2. 2

    Heat oil in a frying pan or wok. Add vegetables and keep stirring for 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. 3

    Stir in soy sauce or any other stir-fry sauce you desire. When the sauce is simmering, add the noodles and stir well for a couple of minutes.

    Using Linguine for Beef Rice Noodle Soup

  1. 1

    Repeat step 1 of the above section. If you don't have linguine available, you can use spaghetti or vermicelli.

  2. 2

    Heat oil in a sauce pan and add strips of beef. Add onions when the beef has browned.

  3. 3

    Add chicken stock and flour when the onions are tender. Turn the heat to low and allow to simmer for 5 minutes before adding the linguine. Simmer for a further 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and dish into bowls.

Tips and warnings

  • If you're buying fresh pasta, ensure it is fresh by checking the noodles aren't sticky or brittle.
  • Fresh egg pasta can be kept for 3 or 4 days in the refrigerator or for 1 month in the freezer. Dried pasta can be kept pretty much indefinitely.
  • Be careful not to overcook, as noodles can quickly turn to mush.
  • Never cover the sauce pan you are boiling your pasta in so that pasta cooks evenly.

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