The Best Ramen, Soba, Udon, and Rice Noodles

We twirled our way through more than 50 varieties to find the best buys for soups, stir-fries, and homemade ramen.


Best Soba: Organic Planet Soba Noodles


Soba made of buckwheat alone can taste muddy and bitter. Thanks to their blend of wheat and buckwheat flours, these are ideal for soba newbies.

To buy: $26 for 8 oz. (pack of 12);

Photo by Corey Olsen

Best Udon: Wel-Pac Japanese Udon Noodles


These substantial wheat noodles easily absorb flavor, making them our favorite for saucy dishes.

To buy: $14 for 10 oz. (pack of 6);

Photo by Wel-Pac

Best Lo Mein: Nasoya Chinese Style Noodles


Tasters preferred the fresh pasta flavor of 
this refrigerated option. 
Try the noodles warm in stir-fries or chilled and tossed with sesame oil.

To buy: $2.80 for 9 oz.;

Photo by Nasoya Foods USA


Best Bean Thread: Dynasty Saifun Bean Threads


Unlike the competition, these delicate noodles held their shape after cooking. Tuck them into spring rolls or fry them for a crunchy salad topping. 

To buy: $2.30 for 5.3 oz.;

Photo by TK

Best Ramen: Nona Lim Tokyo Ramen


The buttery, wavy strands are strong enough to slurp—key when it comes to tackling brothy bowls of ramen. 

To buy: $20 for 10 oz. (pack of 4);

Photo by Nona Lim

Best Rice: Thai Kitchen Stir-Fry Rice Noodles


Not too thick, not too thin, this gluten-free pick is perfect for 
family-friendly pad thai.

To buy: $3 for 14 oz.;

Photo by McCormick & Company, Inc