China is arguably the homeland of noodles. The cultural diversity and geographical variation of its provinces provides a universe of noodles in all shapes, sizes, textures and even meanings for every personality. With its symbolic history and importance in daily life, the noodle is unparalleled in its influence on eastern cultures.
Often used as the symbol of longevity, noodle strands can be made from a range of flours and paired with almost any sauces, toppings and local specialities. From Shanghai to Sichuan, noodles underpin Chinese culinary tradition to the extent that the dishes are now enjoyed not just across Asia but all over the world.
The reason that making your own noodles at home is so satisfying is that it follows an age-old custom of family-centered meals using the freshest ingredients. Authenticity, earthy flavors, complementary textures; hand-made noodles are an all round winner, and they truly show the extra care and attention you’ve given your meal. You don’t have to go to the effort of making your noodles from scratch for these recipes, but it truly does make a difference! You’ll find two recipes for genuine fresh noodles in this list.
So forget the takeout and make your own incredibly tasting noodles from whatever you may have in the kitchen! There’s a bowl of flavor to suit every mood and every occasion — as an after-work pick up or a pleaser for a weekend gathering. Use your noodle and cook up a Chinese storm!
17 Best Chinese Noodles Recipes
Shanghai Scallion Oil Noodle (Cong You Ban Mian)
This recipe is adaptable for use with any kind of noodle, be it ramen, egg, or udon. It’s a perfect little side dish or accompaniment and uses only 6 ingredients! Add extra toppings for a satisfying main.
Bacon Pan Fried Noodles
Crispy bacon, hearty noodles soaked in a rich sauce, sweet and tender cabbage, and caramelized onion make this quick one-bowl dinner irresistible!
Real Deal Sesame Noodles
Are you a sesame addict? These real-deal Chinese sesame noodles are way better than takeout. Click the link to find out which secret ingredients to use to make the sauce moreishly tasty.
Cantonese Wonton Noodle Soup (港式云吞面)
Learn how to make a wholesome bowl of wonton noodle soup at home and I guarantee you won’t be going back to your local restaurant. Watch the video to find out how easy it is to cook!
Ding Ding Chao Mian (丁丁炒面, Fried Noodles in Lamb Tomato Sauce)
A hearty fried noodle dish that is cooked with a scrumptious tomato sauce with lamb and peppers. Fast to cook and bold in flavor, it’s a must-have for Xinjiang food lovers.
Chinese Beef Noodle Soup (红烧牛肉面)
Hot noodle soup topped with tender braised beef is a super satisfying bowl of comfort. Create a beef noodle soup that is truly rich in flavor with minimal fuss.
Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup (黄焖鸡面)
These spicy chicken noodles feature a sumptuously rich broth with juicy chicken. Learn to use the steam braising method to cook up unique flavors in much less time!
Biang Biang Noodles (Chinese Hot Sauce Noodles)
Biang Biang noodles show you the power of simplicity. With a spoonful of savory soy and fresh, nutty hot sauce, the thick and chewy handmade noodles will bring you to foodgasm!
Fresh Homemade Noodles (手擀面)
If you’ve never made your own from scratch, try out these fresh homemade noodles with your favorite sauce – it will bring your noodle experience to a whole new level!
Mom’s Best Chinese Gravy Noodles (Da Lu Mein, 打卤面)
These traditional northern style Chinese Gravy Noodles are comfort food in the truest sense. They innovative with a few veggies to make a rich vegan sauce to give it its own taste personality.
Dan Dan Noodles (担担面)
This recipe provides a simple and authentic approach to the famous Sichuan snack – Dan Dan Noodles. You only need a few common Chinese ingredients to create this – simple yet scrumptious, a hot and beautiful dish.
Beef Chow Fun with Chinese Broccoli (干炒牛河)
Beef chow fun with Chinese broccoli is rich in flavor and fills your belly while being low in calories and nutritionally balanced. The components all come together to create a heavenly dish that is virtually irresistible — I dare you!
Lanzhou Beef Noodles (兰州拉面)
With a bite of the springy hand-pulled noodles, the melt-in-your-mouth beef, a bit of homemade fresh chili oil, and a sip of the rich broth, you’ll be in awe of the magic of a seemingly plain bowl of beef noodles.
Easy Hand-Pulled Noodles (拉面, la mian dough)
These freshly made hand-pulled noodles are springy and almost meaty, offering a palate sensation that you’ll never get from dried noodles. Learn all the secrets of hand-pulled noodles so you can easily make them at home without fail!
Tomato Noodle Soup – The Ultimate Comfort Food
This simple dish is the one that gets me through every winter. It makes me feel better when I’m not my usual chirpy self and need something to give me a boost of energy!
Mom’s Best Zha Jiang Mian (炸酱面) – Fried Sauce Noodles
Sweet bean is slowly cooked with onion and pork, transforming into a mouthwatering savory sauce. Add a spoonful to the noodles and gently combine; you’ll be unable to resist picking up the chopsticks and digging in.
Shrimp Chow Mein
A takeout classic, this original Shrimp Chow Mein is loaded with vegetables and bursts with flavor. It’s a quick and healthy one-pot meal you can prep and cook in 20 minutes.
Which is your favorite noodle dish? Leave a comment to share your thought!