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.

1

Best Soba: Organic Planet Soba Noodles

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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); amazon.com.

Photo by Corey Olsen
2

Best Udon: Wel-Pac Japanese Udon Noodles

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

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

Photo by Wel-Pac
3

Best Lo Mein: Nasoya Chinese Style Noodles

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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.; 
amazon.com.

Photo by Nasoya Foods USA


4

Best Bean Thread: Dynasty Saifun Bean Threads

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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.; amazon.com.

Photo by TK
5

Best Ramen: Nona Lim Tokyo Ramen

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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); nonalim.com.

Photo by Nona Lim
6

Best Rice: Thai Kitchen Stir-Fry Rice Noodles

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

To buy: $3 for 14 oz.; amazon.com.

Photo by McCormick & Company, Inc