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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470387556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470387559
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whether they're served cold, pan-fried until crunchy, or simmered in soup, noodles are a major part of Asia's cuisine. Each country has its own signature dish, from China's Pork Lo Mein to Thailand's Pad Thai to Japan's Yaki-Soba, and the noodles themselves might be made from wheat, rice, or even mung beans. All these dishes have one thing in common, though: They're uniformly delicious. And now, thanks to noted Asian cooking expert Helen Chen, they're a snap to prepare at home.

Easy Asian Noodles includes more than 60 recipes for noodle dishes, all of which are simple enough for even a fledgling Asian cook. If you can make spaghetti, you can make these recipes. Many of them take less than half an hour from pan to plate—it's the perfect way to add variety to hurried weeknight dinners. And the majority use ingredients you'll find in any supermarket—the most exotic ingredient in Chen's Yaki-Soba is Worcestershire sauce!

Chen takes recipes from every corner of the continent and makes them accessible to Western home cooks. After a thorough discussion of Asian noodles in general—glossaries of noodles and other Asian ingredients, the best ways to cook and serve noodles, and the right equipment for the job (most of which you probably already own)—Chen moves on to the recipes, an irresistible selection of simple, foolproof dishes organized into three categories:

Stir-Fried, Pan-Fried, and Sauced Noodles: From China there's Crispy Noodle Cake with Shredded Chicken and Vegetables, Scallion and Ginger Soft Noodles, or Wide Rice Noodles with Beef in Black Bean Sauce; Singapore offers curry-infused Rice Sticks; Thailand brings Pad Thai, of course, but also Crazy Noodles, My Drunken Noodles, and Spicy Basil Beef Noodles.

Soup Noodles: Take comfort in a steaming bowl of Cantonese Roast Duck Soup Noodles or Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup. Learn the simplest possible method to make your own wontons—pork, turkey, or shrimp. Or for a spicy treat, try Peking Hot-and-Sour Noodle Soup, Japanese Curry Udon, or Vietnamese Quick Chicken Ph?.

Cold Noodles and Noodle Salads: Refreshing on a hot day or when you just don't feel like heating up the kitchen—choices include Spicy Peanut Sesame Noodles, Dan Dan Noodles, Japanese Summer Noodle Salad, Iced Somen Noodles, Thai Beef Salad with Deep-Fried Rice Sticks, Vietnamese Poached Shrimp in Herbed Rice Noodle Salad, and ten more.

Filled with straightforward recipes, gorgeous photographs, and expert advice, this is the perfect cookbook for anyone who loves noodles.

From the Back Cover

Helen's Asian Kitchen

Easy Asian Noodles

Helen Chen

Photography By Jason Wyche

If you've ever cooked pasta, you can make impressive (yet amazingly easy) Asian noodle dishes—with Asian food expert Helen Chen as your guide

"I've always joked with my Italian-American sister-in-law, Barbara, that pasta originally came from China to Italy via Marco Polo. Apocryphal or not, noodles have been and remain a major staple in Asian cuisine. Whether they're stir-fried, boiled, pan-fried, served in soup, or tossed with a sauce, they can be enjoyed anytime throughout the day—breakfast, lunch, light dinner, or midnight snack. For most Asians, noodles conjure up thoughts of home, comfort, and good food."—Helen Chen


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Easy recipes for very tasty noodles!
DogBreath101
I've only actually tried three so far, but if this keeps up, I'm in trouble-the good kind!
Peter
If you like to eat noodles this book is must own.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Peter on February 3, 2010
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I have only made three of the dishes from this book so far, but each one I've cooked would have easily been worth its price. I whipped up a batch of "Vietnamese Quick Chicken Pho" and enjoyed this light and perky version of a classic Vietnam favorite. No, it was not the interstellar barritone beef broth version you might get from a place which specializes in simmering it for many hours, but it went together fast and had a bright balanced flavor with some deep notes which belied its speedy construction. I next woked up a batch of "Ants Climbing A Tree"-the bean thread staple from China with bits of pork which evoke its unusual name. I don't care what it's called; I call it tasty. Finally, I built the "Cold Sesame Noodles, Sichuan Style" which produced a deep nutty flavor rolling over my taste buds hinting ginger, scallion, garlic, pepper heat, and creaminess from the tahini-fascinating. As a home cook, I see many recipes to be a relationship where time and effort produce better taste. I am amazed at the profoundly delicious tastes of these dishes for such little time and effort. I've only actually tried three so far, but if this keeps up, I'm in trouble-the good kind!
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EASY ASIAN NOODLES offers OVER 60 recipes for noodle dishes easy for any cook - even newcomers to Asian cuisine. Many take less than half an hour from concept to table, and dishes from every corner of the continent make for a fine presentation. Add color photos and step-by-step sidebars of information and the result is an appealing pick for those new to Asian cuisine or with little access to exotic ingredients.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn K. Calloway on June 10, 2010
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There are so many recipes in here that it is impossible to pick a favorite. I am working on that but each recipe that I try, I change my favorite. This is an excellent introduction to Asian noodle making and easy to understand. Everyone should try this one.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Judy Groth on September 11, 2012
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I love noodles and this book has them. I have made several of the Recipies and each is fantastic. One word of caution. We found the Recipies to be a bit sweet. So we have cut the recommendation for sugar. Otherwise easy to make and delicious to eat!
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ms Winston VINE VOICE on March 28, 2011
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I was disappointed to see that most of the dishes require many more ingredients than my modest pantry currently holds -- several called for more than 20 ingredients, which is not my idea of "easy" cooking. However, there are many positive aspects of this book, including detailed information on the types of Asian noodles, cooking tools, and ingredients. There are many beautiful full-page color photographs so you can see what the dish should look like when served. In my opinion this is a book more for an intermediate home cook who may already have many of the ingredients and tools, rather than for a beginner in either cooking in general or preparing Asian food.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Ratfire on June 28, 2013
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I bought the "Stir Fries" book and the "Asian Noodles" book, as well as the bigger Helen Chen, Chinese Home Cooking book. The smaller books have the glossy pictures. The bigger one is more reference style, with recipes, like "Joy of Cooking". I recommend you read the forwards of these books and learn the processes so it comes out perfectly. I never go out for Chinese now, it is cheap, fast and easy to make! I bought all of the books 2nd hand, the bigger book- I only paid .14 for it and 3.99 shipping. This one and the "Stir Fires" book were more. People that are not cooks or readers do not like cook books without pictures. I like the pictures too, but oriental cooking was all new to me, and I needed the processes far more. Read the introductions to the books, she reviews tools and processes. I have since ordered other Asian Cookbooks, but the simplicity of Helen Chen's recipes make them the most used in my Asian collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sondra G. Oravetz on December 26, 2012
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I should clarify, Asian noodle dishes.....if you like them then there are many dishes to choose from in this packed to the brim cookbook. I have made a couple of dishes so far that were very tasty and I plan to make more.....so many recipes, so many books, so much food and so little time. Nice book with lots of ideas if you are looking for something easy, tasty and a little different.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Libby Weiner on January 7, 2013
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This book lives up to its name. Most of the recipes are familiar to anyone eating in Asian restaurants. I will definitely look forward to cooking from these recipes. The directions are clearly written and pictures aRE HELPFUL.
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