Cellophane Noodles, Meaning Of Cellophane Transparent
Also Called Glass Noodles,
Cellophane Noodles Are Made From Green Mung
Ask a seasoned Thai
cook the meaning of cellophane noodles and the most
likely answer would be 'don't know'. The interesting thing is that most
Thai cooks would be using cellophane noodles in their cooking routine at
least 3 to 4 times a week. The interesting thing about international food
and international cooking is that, the terminology used to describe
various food ingredients and even various food dishes is very different.
The point is that the Thai cook would refer to the transparent cellophane
noodles as 'woon sen' the woon is pronounced with a short
'oo'. Cooks in Europe and the U.S prefer to call these noodles
as cellophane noodles as they become transparent like cellophane
(sticking) tape when cooked!
are made from green mung beans, the beans are polished
before use and that is why you do not see the greenish color on these
transparent noodles. At times if you observe the entire bunch of
cellophabe noodles when unpacked, you might notice some green fragments
stuck to the noodles. These are pieces of the skin of the green moon beans
stuck to the noodles. There ofcourse is no problem and you can safely eat
the noodles. If you visit an Asian grocery store and are looking for
cellophane noodles, do not get confused with other greenish noodles that
you might come across. The greenish noodles are most likely to be, wheat
noodles made along with certain green leaf extracts. The images on this
web page will help you recognize cellophane noodles clearly.
|The above image shows
cellophane noodles as taken out of the packing. These are uncooked
cellophane noodles and show a transluscent texture. The strings of
these transparent noodles are long, they are folded when packed.
||We will talk about how to
cook cellophane noodles in this article, the above image shows you
how transparent cellophane noodles will look after
cooking. The textue is intact, they just become more
Before we more
forward talking about how to cook cellophane noodles, let us first learn
about other names used to describe the same type of
noodles. This will help you when you read books on international cooking
or try out international food recipes.
Other Names For Cellphane
Noodles - Parts of Asia|
|Transparent Noodles -
Noodles - General|
Now let us take you
through the routine of cooking cellophane noodles. These
noodles do not have any specific taste or flavor on their own, they absorb
the flavor of the ingredients that have been added into the dish along
with the noodles. When you buy your cellophane noodles, they will most
likely be in the form of strings, folded and bundled
together. The noodles are like long strings, the interesting part is that
they appear to be quite tough. You could hurt your skin
if you tried to tear up the bundle into small pieces with your bare hands.
They are not going to crumble into convenient small pieces if you press
them together, at least not many of those strings will break down that
If you have
observed at a Thai cook using cellophane noodles, called
woon sen noodles in Thailand, notice how they begin to cook these noodles.
The cook (generally a female) will open up the bundle of (uncooked)
cellophane noodles with her hands. She will then twist them in opposite
directions and get them to break into shorter pieces. Like we mentioned
above, this could bruise an inexperienced hand, so do not try to do this.
The basic idea when
cooking cellophane noodles is that, most people prefer that they be
cut into shorter lengths when cooked with the rest of the
ingredients. We have seen some international cook books talking about
this. They suggest that you use a scissors and cut the cooked cellophane
noodles into smaller pieces. Our suggestion is to do this process before
you start cooking the transparent noodles. To accomplish this, take the
cellophane noodles out of the packet, open up the folded bundle to about
12 inches length. Then use a big heavy scissors, take your fingers out of
the way and cut the noodles into smaller pieces. If you find the cutting
to be tough, just separate the bundle into thinner bunches and repeat the
process. A final length of around 4 to 6 inches for the cellophane noodles
should be fine.
cooking part, boil some water in a pan and let it come to
it's boiling state. A very shallow pan might not be suitable for cooking
these noodles. The water needs to ultimately immerse all the noodles
completely, so use a fairly deep pan to boil the water in. Then put the cut cellophane noodles into the boiling
water. Use a large spoon and lightly press the noodles to ensure that they
are fully immersed in the water. Let the noodles cook for around 10 to 12
minutes, they will become clearly more transparent and also a bit thicker.
This is when you want to take the cooked cellophane noodles out of the
the noodles out of the boiling water needs some attention, so
read this carefully. Professional cooks in Asia, use large deep spoons
which have a sieve composition. These spoons have fine holes (like a
filter) through which the excess water can drain away. You do not want to
keep the cellophane noodles in the water after cooking, the sieve spoon
helps take off the water. Depending on the size of the spoon, you can
leave the cooked transparent noodles to drain in the spoon, until you are
ready to add the noodles to your main dish.
The best way to cook
cellophane noodles is to do it just as the dish requiring them is being
made. The texture of these noodles is quite tough, this despite the rather
fine and stringy appearance of the noodles. The texture holds even after
the noodles are cooked, this makes them very suitable for some dishes.
Both vegetarian and non vegetarian fried spring rolls often use cellophane
noodles as an ingredient.
|One of the very popular Thai food dish
that uses cellophane noodles is Thai Spring Rolls. These deep fried
spring rolls are available in most Thai or Chinese food houses. We
have the recipe and complete details on this cellophane noodle dish
... more. |
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