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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.