International Recipes and Cooking Around the World

Pasta and Noodle Recipes

Pasta nests

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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


Egyptian kushari shop

(Egyptian pasta, rice and lentils with tomato sauce)

Pancit Bihon

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

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

Curry Laksa

Curry Laksa (Malaysian, Singaporean coconut curried noodle soup)

(Malaysian, Singaporean coconut curried noodle soup)

Char Kway Teow

Char kway teow stir fried rice noodles

(Malaysian Singaporean stir-fried rice noodles with shrimp)

Mee Krob

Mee krob Thai fried noodles in sweet-sour sauce

(Thai fried noodles in sweet-sour sauce)

Jap Chae

Jap chae Korean vegetables and noodles

(Korean mixed vegetable and noodle stir fry)


Couscous with kebabs

(North African steamed pasta grains)

Mie Goreng

Mie Goreng (Indonesian stir-fried noodles with vegetables)

(Indonesian stir-fried noodles with vegetables)

Su Udon

Su Udon (Japanese noodles in broth)

(Japanese noodles in broth)

Pad Thai

Pad Thai fried rice noodles

(Thai stir-fried rice noodles)