Wheat noodles: The Most Widely Used Noodles Of Today

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There’s no need to be wheat-y when it comes to noodles – they’re delicious regardless of what they’re made of!

But in case you’re curious, wheat noodles are those that are made from, you guessed it, wheat flour.

They tend to be a bit heartier and chewier than other noodles, making them ideal for stews and other thick, hearty dishes and with lots of sauce like pasta.

Different types of wheat noodles

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Origin of wheat noodles

Wheat noodles originated in China, and the oldest evidence of noodles was from 4,000 years ago, but wheat noodles became a major part of the Chinese diet during the Han dynasty (25–220 CE).

Before that, the oldest noodle ever discover (in 2015 when archeologists discovered an ancient bowl with residue left in it) was made from millet, a grain much higher in fiber and essential minerals than wheat.

Types of wheat noodles

Bakmi

Bakmi is a type of wheat noodle from Indonesia. It is made from flour, salt, and water, and can be served either dry or in a soup. It is also called bami and was inspired by Chinese noodles.

Chukamen

Japanese for “Chinese noodles” – wheat flour and water noodles. They are often used in ramen soup and are thin and light.

Kesme

Kesme is a type of handmade noodle found in Turkey and surrounding countries. It is made from flour, water and salt, and has a thick, chewy texture.

Kalguksu

Kalguksu is a type of noodle found in Korea and surrounding countries. It is made from flour, water and salt, and has a chewy texture. Kalguksu is often served in a soup with vegetables or meat, and is a popular comfort food.

Lamian

Lamian are Chinese noodles that are hand-pulled. They are made from wheat flour and water, and can be either thin or thick.

Mee pok

Mee pok is a type of noodle found in Singapore and surrounding countries. It is made from flour, water and salt, and has a chewy texture. Mee pok is often served in a soup with vegetables or meat, and is a popular comfort food.

Pasta

Pasta is a type of noodle that is popular all over the world. It is made from flour, water and salt, and can be either thin or thick. There are many different types of pasta, including spaghetti, macaroni and fettuccine. Pasta is often served with sauce.

Reshte

Reshte (Persian: رشته‎, literally “string”) is a type of thick Iranian noodle made from wheat flour and water.

Sōmen

Somen are a type of thin Japanese noodle made from wheat flour and water. They are often soup with vegetables or meat.

Thukpa

Thukpa is a type of noodle soup from Tibet and Nepal. It is made from flour, water and salt, and can be served either dry or in a soup.

Udon

Udon is a type of Japanese noodle that is made from wheat flour and water. Udon noodles are thick and chewy, and have a slightly sweet flavor. They are the most popular type of noodle in Japan.

Kishimen

Kishimen is a type of Japanese noodle that is made from wheat flour and water. Kishimen noodles are thin and flat, and have a slightly sweet flavor. Kishimen noodles can be served either dry or in a soup.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.