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

By Grace Elkus
September 19, 2017
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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.
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1 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); amazon.com.

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2 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); amazon.com.

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3 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.; 
amazon.com.

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4 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.; amazon.com.

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5 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); nonalim.com.

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6 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.; amazon.com.