From Lo Mein to Lasagna: Noodles of the World Quiz


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Noodles have been around for centuries. How well do you know your soba from spaghetti? Take the quiz to see!

These dense and chewy noodles are often the centerpiece for hot Asian soups and brothy casseroles or the base of a large bowl of meat with vegetable toppings.

One of the thickest noodles you'll find in a market, udon is prized by the Japanese for its big, chewy bite.


True or false: Asian noodles can be made with rice, yam and mung bean.

In addition to these foods, Asian noodles can also be made with wheat flour.


What type of Italian pasta is also known as bow-tie?

Farfalle, which actually means "butterfly" in Italian, are rectangular or oval pieces of pasta that are pinched in the middle.


What type of pasta is traditionally made from potato, egg and flour?

Gnocchi are small, soft dumplings.


This Japanese buckwheat noodle is full of protein and fiber.

Soba noodles are known for their high protein and fiber content and distinctly nutty flavor.


What noodle means "little ear" in Italian?

Orecchiette are shaped like pasta bowls, which makes them ideal for serving with sauces.


What type of Chinese noodles become translucent when cooked?

Cellophane noodles are also known as glass noodles.


What pasta is shaped like big tubes and ideal for chunky vegetable sauces?

Rigatoni are tubes with ridges on the outside and are often used for baking in gratins down in the South.


These Chinese noodles have a chewiness that comes from the addition of egg in the dough.

These Chinese wheat noodles are named for the dish they’re most commonly found in — wonton soup.


True or false: Orzo is a rice, not a pasta.

While orzo definitely resembles rice, it's a form of short-cut pasta shaped like a large grain of rice.


What wide ribbon of egg pasta is normally used with gamey ragus?

Pappardelle are wide ribbons of egg pasta with ridged edges that go great with heavy, rich sauces.


What tiny pasta is traditionally used in both Italian and Turkish soups?

Pastini are super tiny pastas ideal for use in soups and kids' dishes.


True or false: Lo mein noodles are usually never stir-fried.

The word "lo mein" comes from the Cantonese term for stirred noodles. After the noodles are boiled, they're simply tossed with sauce and then mixed with meat, seafood or veggies, but they're almost never stir-fried.


True or false: Rice vermicelli is usually sold in dry hard bunches bent in half.

This is true. When cooked, however, it becomes soft and slightly chewy.


What popular stir-fried rice noodle dish is commonly served as a street food and at casual local eateries in Thailand?

Pad thai is Thailand's most well-known noodle dish and includes rice noodles, tofu, shrimp, crushed peanuts, nam pla, bean sprouts, garlic, chilies and eggs.


The popular Vietnamese noodle dish pho contains what type of noodles?

Pho noodle soup consists of broth, rice noodles called banh pho, a few herbs and meat (primarily beef or chicken).


What soft egg noodle is used in cuisines of southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Hungary?

Spatzle are a part of these countries' cooking cultures.


What type of Chinese egg noodles are typically stir-fried with sliced vegetables, meats and other seasonings?

Lo mein noodles are in the popular Chinese dish that contains vegetables and some type of meat or seafood.


True or false: Pho (broth with meat, noodles and herbs) is a national staple in Korea.

Pho is actually a national staple in Vietnam.


Drunken noodles (phat khi mao) is a dish of stir-fried wide rice noodles popular in what country?

Drunken noodles is a Chinese-influenced noodle dish popular in Thailand and Laos.


What Italian pasta is shaped like thick spaghetti but thicker and hollow in the center?

Bucatini is ideal for nearly any sauce, baked casseroles or stir-fried dishes.


This Italian ring-shaped pasta is typically stuffed with meat, cheese or vegetables.

All three of these pastas are great for stuffing, but only the tortellini pasta is shaped like a ring.


In what country did ramen noodles originate?

Though they're now extremely popular in Japan, ramen noodles actually originated in China.


True or false: According to Italian law, only durum wheat can be used to make pasta in Italy.

In 1967, a law was passed requiring only durum wheat be used to make dried, store-bought pasta in Italy to guarantee its quality and nutrition levels.


Sevai noodles are a type of rice vermicelli popular in what country?

Sevai is popular as a breakfast or dinner food in southern India.


True or false: Noodles are classified based on the primary ingredient used in making them.

This is true. There are noodles made from wheat, rice, acorn, potato, buckwheat, etc.


True or false: In 2005, a 4,000-year-old bowl of noodles was found in Italy.

It was actually unearthed under 10 feet of sediment at the Lajia archaeological site in northwestern China.


This Malaysian noodle is often served in soup with dried anchovies, pork, mushrooms and leafy vegetables.

Pan mee noodles are made from flour and the dough is hand-kneaded and torn into small, 2-inch pieces.


True or false: Japanese shirataki noodles are low in calories and carbs.

The noodles are made using konjac flour derived from the konjac plant, which has almost no calories but is very high in fiber.


What Korean buckwheat noodles are similar to Japanese soba noodles?

Memil guksu is a popular Korean noodle that is served cold as mak-guksu or hot as jang-guksu.


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