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Noodlemania

Rev up weeknight meals with 5 favorite Asian noodle dishes
Noodlemania

A quick meal of Asian-style noodles has lately meant a bowl of instant ramen or take-out pad thai, but speedy noodle dishes have been a standard in most Asian cuisines for centuries—and they’re surprisingly easy to prepare at home. Here are a few classics that have been updated so they’re even quicker to whip up in the kitchen.

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Stir-Fried Rice Noodles

Stir-Fried Rice Noodles

After a brief soaking, rice noodles are ready to be tossed into a quick stir-fry for a noodle dish that gets to the table in record time. Feel free to make the dish with different vegetables or omit the eggs to make it vegan.

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Thai Curried Noodles with Broccoli and Tofu

Thai Curried Noodles with Broccoli and Tofu

This creamy, golden noodle dish is modeled after the Thai dish khao soi, which combines sweet, spicy, and sour flavors in one bowl.

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Crispy Noodle Cake with Kale and Mushrooms

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You’ll need some dexterity to flip the noodle cake, but it’s worth the effort. Cooked ramen or angel hair pasta can be substituted for yakisoba noodles.

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Uighur-Inspired Noodles with Peppers and Sweet Potatoes

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The cuisine of the Uighur people of Northwestern China is very different from most Chinese cooking. This cumin-and-coriander-seasoned dish is traditionally made with thick, chewy homemade noodles, but udon noodles provide a quick substitute.

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Szechuan Dan Dan Noodles

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This dish gets its distinctive flavor from Szechuan peppercorns, which have a mild, peppery heat. Expect to have about 1 cup extra sauce left over—it’s delicious served over brown rice.

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