International Recipes and Cooking Around the World

Pasta and Noodles

Pasta drying on a rack

Common lore has Marco Polo bringing pasta west from China in the 13th century. Yet forms of pasta and noodles have existed not just in Asia, but also Europe and the Middle East for a long, long time.

These days, the word "pasta" usually means the Italian type made with durum wheat semolina. Other pastas are made with buckwheat or whole wheat flour. The Chinese make noodles using wheat and rice flour, and even mung bean starch, sweet potato starch and millet.

International Pasta and Noodle Recipes

Char Kway Teow

(Malaysian Singaporean stir-fried rice noodles with shrimp)

Couscous

(North African steamed pasta grains)

Curry Laksa

(Malaysian, Singaporean coconut curried noodle soup)

Jap Chae

(Korean mixed vegetable and noodle stir fry)

Kushari

(Egyptian pasta, rice and lentils with tomato sauce)

Mee Krob

(Thai fried noodles in sweet-sour sauce)

Mie Goreng

(Indonesian stir-fried noodles with vegetables)

Pancit Bihon

(Filipino stir-fried rice noodles with meat and vegetables)

Reshteh Polo

(Persian aromatic rice and noodle pilaf layered with meat)

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