Vermicelli noodles are a type of thin, round Asian noodles made from Maida flour. There are hundreds of different ways to serve vermicelli but here we have found 13 tasty recipes for you to try.
If you need some cooking inspiration these appetizing dishes will certainly liven up your dinner times.
1. Singapore Noodles
Singapore noodles are a popular takeout dish, with their curry flavors and thin tasty noodles.
The traditional way to make Singapore noodles is with shrimp, Chinese barbecue pork, egg, and red bell peppers. However, this versatile dish works with any ingredients that need using up.
The Chinese pork or Char Siu can be purchased in frozen packs and stored for when you need them, alternatively, you can make some with pork chops and a store-bought sauce.
The noodle sauce is a sweet and sour combination including sugar, Chinese cooking wine, and soy sauce to give it an authentic Asian flavor.
2. Fried Rice Vermicelli
An easy stir-fry recipe makes meal times just that little bit easier, plus it saves on the washing up. Simple ingredients such as chicken breast, bean sprouts and scallions are seasoned with sauces to coat this dish in flavor.
If you want more of a complete meal try serving with spring rolls, bok choy or kung pao chicken.
3. Chicken Vermicelli Noodles
Chicken vermicelli noodles make for a quick and simple dinner that is budget friendly. A light and fresh meal bursting with flavor, this dish is perfect for a weeknight dinner. Here, carrots, Chinese cabbage, onions and green onions provide the dish with a satisfying crunch.
Sweet soy sauce and fresh lime juice create the perfect sweet and sour combination that you’d expect from an Asian dish. Topping the dish with chili flakes provides the dish with a little spicy kick to really awaken your senses.
4. Vermicelli Noodle Bowl
Vermicelli noodles are used as the base of a salad in this recipe. The salad combines noodles with refreshing vegetables such as cucumber and bean sprouts for a light and refreshing taste. A tangy sweet and sour sauce is used to dress the salad that is perfect for hot weather.
Shrimp is used to add some protein to the noodles, but you can use any type of protein you’d like. Cooking them on an outdoor grill until charred on the outside will produce the best results.
5. Basil And Tofu Vermicelli Noodles
Tofu is a staple when making vegetarian meals and it pairs well with noodles. This dish has a blend of Thai and Filipino flavors (see also ‘28 Filipino Recipes to Make For Breakfast‘) to create a soy-based sauce along with vegetables, noodles, and proteins.
Tofu is used here, but this can easily be substituted for pork, chicken, or beef.
Soaking the noodles before cooking will keep them lovely and chewy. Fresh basil or sweet basil is perfect for this dish to balance out the powerful chili flavors. Make sure to fry the tofu until it’s golden brown on all sides for the ideal crunch.
Once everything is cooked, mix together and enjoy with any of your favorite condiments.
6. Vietnamese Grilled Pork
Bun thit nuong is a Vietnamese pork and noodle recipe that has many delicious elements. Traditionally, the pork is marinated and barbecued using a wire grilling basket.
If you want to go the extra mile you can grill it over charcoal for an authentic taste of Vietnam. For those that are lacking time, the alternative is to cook in the oven, but the extra effort is worth it!
Barbecued pork is served with a variety of vegetables, noodles, and garnishes such as scallions in oil and crushed peanuts. You can serve a prepared fish sauce on the side for any dipping that you may do.
Tie the dish together with some egg rolls if you’re feeling particularly hungry.
7. Ants Climbing A Tree: Spicy Vermicelli Stir-Fry
There are no ants climbing on anything in this dish, so no need to panic. The dish actually consists of mung bean vermicelli noodles which are supposedly tree branches and stir fried minced meat which are the ants.
If you’ve been looking for a spicy, aromatic and salty dish, this typical Sichuan dish is the one for you.
Ideal as a quick lunch or as a dinner served with rice, this dish is bound to please your dinner table.
Note that different brands of ingredients such as vermicelli noodles will have different flavors and textures, finding the ones you like best is recommended.
8. Vermicelli Bowl With Sesame Beef And Broccoli
A comforting bowl of noodles with beef and vegetables is just what you need on a cold day. As the noodles are so thin, they are quick and easy to cook, ideal for busy families.
Sirloin steak is coated with soy sauce and rice vinegar before being cooked in canola oi. You can use any type of oil but canola oil is ideal for cooking steak as it has a high smoke point.
The broccoli is stir fried in herbs and spices and some of the beef marinade to bring the dish together. Topped with toasted sesame seeds, this is a light, yet healthy sort of comfort food.
9. Quick Chinese-Style Vermicelli
As the title suggests, this dish is super quick and can be ready in 15 minutes. This dish is completely vegan, using only a few simple ingredients.
The noodles are cooked in oil, garlic, soy sauce, and chili before being stopped with some crunchy green onion. Light and tasty, this would make a great lunch.
The recipe for this dish makes for a great base to which you can add any type of protein or vegetable to make a tasty meal.
10. Vegan Singapore Noodles Recipe
There are so many vegetables included in this recipe, everyone leaving the dinner table will be packed full of nutrients. Bell peppers, onions, carrots, snow peas, and bean sprouts provide a great balance between soft and crunch.
To add some plant-based protein try adding some edamame beans or some crumbled tofu.
Adding curry powder will give the dish a level of spice without being too overpowering. Many of these ingredients should be easy to find in a well-stocked grocery store.
Snow peas are mildly flavored peas that are usually served whole, with peas and pod. They may be a little harder to find, but you may find them under mangetout at the supermarket.
11. Vietnamese Turmeric Fish With Noodles
This brightly colored dish will get your stomach rumbling. The fish used here is the cod loin, but you can use any other similar fish if you prefer.
Originating in Hanoi, Vietnam, the dish blends herbs and chili for the perfect taste, full of flavor and nutrients.
Large handfuls of fresh herbs make this a wonderfully aromatic dish that will delight your senses.
Topped with some roasted peanuts, you’ll add some extra crunch to the meal. Peanuts can be swapped for any of your favorite nuts if allergies are a concern.
12. Vegetable Noodle Soup
Vegetable noodle soup is such a comforting dish, especially on a wintery day or when you’re not feeling great. The warmth and nutrients can warm the soul.
This soup is quick to make, in just 20 minutes you can make the perfect soup for you and your family.
The vermicelli noodles add a little extra to the dish to really finish it off. Vegetables including baby bok choy, zucchini, carrots, and onions are included in the soup.
Alternatively, try potatoes, celery, or green beans if you don’t like the sound of the former.
13. Char-Grilled Pork Neck with Vermicelli Noodles
Another traditional Vietnamese dish is this char-grilled pork neck. If you’ve never cooked with pork neck before, it’s a slightly fatty cut of meat that produces a wonderful flavor.
The meat is coated in a sweet marinade of honey, sugar, pepper, and fish sauce. Marinate the meat overnight for best results.
The pork is threaded onto skewers before being charred on a grill until cooked. This is optional but it makes it easier to cook the meat evenly. Served with light and refreshing vegetables, a dipping sauce, and some peanuts on top this is a great lunchtime dish.
Vermicelli noodles are thin, versatile noodles that go with almost anything. Here we’ve hand-picked some of the most delicious and easy recipes for you to try. Most can be cooked within thirty minutes, perfect for a quick and healthy dinner after a long day.
We hope this article inspired you to get cooking and make one of these amazing noodle dishes!
Frequently Asked Questions
How Healthy Are Vermicelli Noodles?
Vermicelli noodles are healthier than other types of noodles such as egg. They are typically lower in cholesterol, saturated fat and sugar compared to egg noodles. Although these noodles are low in calories, they are only as healthy as the ingredients you cook them in.
What Are Vermicelli Used For?
Vermicelli noodles such as thin rice-flour noodles are common in Asian cooking and are often used in stir-fries, soups, spring rolls and salads. You can eat these noodles hot or cold which adds to their versatility.
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