Noodle

Made From

Use In

Notes

Substitute

Wheat

wheat flour; sometimes eggs are added

stir-fries, cold dishes

Sold fresh or dry. Look for low-sodium varieties.

whole-wheat or fettuccine pasta

Bean threads

ground mung beans

soups, cold dishes

Low in fat and sodium. Often sold in neat bundles in plastic packages. Uncooked, they'll keep in a dry, tightly sealed container for up to six months. Always soak before using.

angel hair or linguine

Rice

long-grain rice flour

stir-fries, soups

Refrigerate fresh ones and cook within a couple of days. Keep uncooked dry noodles in a tightly sealed container in a dry, cool place for up to six months. Always soak before using.

fettuccine or angel hair

Udon

wheat flour

stir-fries, soups

Refrigerate fresh; keep uncooked noodles in a dry, cool place for up to six months. Look for low-sodium varieties.

fettuccine

Soba

a blend of buckwheat and wheat flours

stir-fries, soups

These Japanese noodles also come flavored with green tea, wild yam, or other vegetables.

whole-wheat or buckwheat pasta

—Y.C.C.