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These slender, gelatinous noodles are widely used throughout China and Southeast Asia. They're made from mung beans and almost flavorless, though they readily absorb other flavors. They're commonly used in soups, stir-fries, salads, desserts, and even drinks. Before using, soak them in hot water until they're soft and transparent (about 15 minutes), then add them to boiling water and cook them for no more than a minute. Rinse them in cold water and drain. The dried noodles can also be deep fried to make a crunchy garnish or bed for sauces.

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Also known as

  • Bean threads
  • Mung bean threads
  • Bai fun
  • Translucent noodles
  • Shining noodles
  • Slippery noodles
  • Peastarch noodles
  • Powdered silk noodles
  • Saifun
  • Sai fun
  • Silver noodles
  • Chinese vermicelli
  • Transparent noodles
  • Fen szu
  • Fen si
  • Fan si
  • Fun see
  • Glass noodles
  • Crystal noodles
  • Jelly noodles
  • Transparent vermicelli
  • Soo hoon
  • Sohoon
  • Su boon
  • Tung boon
  • Su un
  • Pancit sotanghon
  • Woon sen
  • Bun tau
  • Bun tao
  • Bean thread vermicelli
  • Green bean thread noodles
  • Invisible noodles
  • Pekyasan
  • Vermicelli noodles
  • Tanghoon
  • Mung pea noodles


harusame (a similar Japanese version) OR rice vermicelli (can also be deep fried) OR shirataki OR rice sticks
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