What is Rice Noodles?
Rice noodles are noodles made from rice flour, instead of wheat flour. They are white, unlike cream colored wheat noodles and come in different sizes. Some rice noodles are long and flat and look similar to fettuccine. Others are long, thin and round and look a lot like angel hair pasta. When rice noodles are uncooked they are hard and break easily. When cooked, they are soft while still holding their form and are a bit more slippery than a wheat-based noodle. Rice noodles taste bland and delicate. They pair well with flavorful foods.
...Rice flour is made by grinding the rice grain. Rice flour can be made using white or brown rice, though white rice flour is used far more frequently than brown rice flour. White rice flour is white and fine like a wheat flour, but has a coarser and drier texture. Rice flour made from glutinous rice has a much finer texture and is almost like a powder. White rice flour can be used for baked goods, as well as pan-cooked flatbreads. It is useful in many savory and sweet applications. The flavor is bland.
...Cornstarch is obtained from the endosperm of the corn kernel. This is the main body and juicy part of the kernel. Cornstarch is a fine, white powder with a squeaky texture and neutral flavor. It is used in many foods, particularly in America. Cornstarch makes an easy thickener for liquids, such as sauces and an excellent binding agent for baked goods. In the 1800's cornstarch was used for starching laundry, making the clothing appear stiff and professional.
...Water is a substance and chemical compound made up of hydrogen and oxygen. It is clear, fluid, flavorless and odorless. Water is a necessity in nearly every aspect of life, including cooking, baking and hydrating the human body. Water can be served as a cold beverage, or at any temperature comfortable to the mouth and skin.