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Southeast Asian Noodle Soups and How to Cook Them

Updated on August 5, 2012

Southeast Asian Noodle Soups and How to Cook Them

I love cooking Asian noodle soups, not only during the cold season but it is a part of my meal. I grew up eating it. I also experiment on the variations of cooking noodle soups.

Noodles are very popular in Southeast Asia (located in the tropics and is part of Asia). It is composed of the countries such as Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Laos, Thailand and Burma. The tropical countries are blessed with the many fresh fruits and vegetables that are suited to the climate. It is also best for planting rice. Most of the people in Southeast Asia partake rice as the staple food which they mixed with other side dishes like vegetables or meat variations depending on religions.

Mostly cuisines in Southeast Asia included noodle soups within and within a country here are variations, plus of course the regional variations is differentiated although to some extent there are similarities. Noodle soups in Southeast Asia is part of the meal and available everywhere in restaurants and side streets. The use of ingredients, spices and condiments varied but slightly similar throughout Asia. The use of chili spices in noddle soups is widely used.

In this hub, I will discuss the different noodle soups in Southeast Asia and how to cook them although you can do or make your own style according to your taste. I hope this hub helps you in your adventure in noodle soups and foods. I used videos which will help you in cooking various noodle soups.

Preparing the Ingredients and the Noodles to be Used

  • Some noodles need to be pre-cooked and some just need to be cooked with the broth
  • Make sure that the vegetables are properly washed
  • Choose the meat ingredients and cut them in medium sized
  • Put the ingredients in small bowl, measured already

If you have time you can check my other hub about cooking noodles and best noodle soups --- The best noodle soups in the world, check it out, plus Cooking Techniques in Noodle Soup

Look at the video here on how to cook a simple noodle soup. You can used this to cook for other noodle soup and use other meat or fish ingredients.

Basically all noodle soups are generally cooked in similar ways, you have a broth, vegetables, spices, condiments and ingredients, plus the noodles of course. Saute all the ingredients, onions, garlic and the main meat, then if it cooked put the broth, then noodles and season to taste it. Again look at the video here for basic cooking of noodles.

Southeast Asian Noodle Soups and How to Cook Them

Noodles Used in Nooodle Soups and other Ingredients and Vegetables Used in Noodle Soups

When we say noodle soup it is usually cook with :

  • noodles (see the list and variants here)

There are different types of noodles used in noodle soups :

  • Rice noodles
  • buckwheat
  • egg noodles
  • wheat
  • mung bean
  • potato
  • acorn

vegetables it depends to our preference availability and liking

  • parsley
  • carrots
  • muang bean
  • Condiments spices and other ingredients ;
  • onions
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • hot chili pepper
  • black pepper

Meat ingredients

  • chicken
  • pork
  • beef
  • fishes, clams, shrimps and other ingredients

Southeast Asian Noodle Soups By Country

These are not exhaustive list of noodle soups in Southeast Asia, I am just enumerating the once which are more popular.

  • Cambodian noodle soup -- katiieu
  • Chinese noodles soups -- ban mia, guo qiao mi xian noodle soups, wonton
  • Philippines noodle soups -- miso, chicken noodle soups, lapaz batchoy, pancit molo
  • Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore noodle soups -- mie ayam, soto ayam, hae mee, curry laksa and assam laksa,
  • Burma noodle soups-- mohinga, Oun no hkauk swè and Kya zan hinga
  • Thailand noodle soups -- kha soi, Ba mii naam, Kuitiaw naam, Gaeng Jued Wunsen
  • Vietnamese pho noodle soup


East Asia noodles

  • Taiwan noodle soup -- beef noodle soups, Taiwanese cuisine is similar to Japanese cuisine
  • Japanese noodle soups -- miso noodle soup -- soba, udon, champon and ramen noodles
  • Korean noodle soups -- jjampong janchi guksu,kalguksu, makguksu, ramyeon, shin ramyun, naengnyeon

Korean spicy Noodle soup


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    • jojokaya profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      Yummy hubs. thumbs up

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Beautiful! I am so hungry! And not a noodle in the house! Thank you Dear!

    • warrioRR profile image


      8 years ago from Rawalpindi Pakistan

      Delicious Hub

      I like It

    • Cheeky Girl profile image

      Cassandra Mantis 

      8 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Maita, I am loving noodles and noodle soups. They are so easy to cook, and tasty to eat, they are not fattening. Anyone slimming should try them for a few weeks, and see changes. Asian people know a lot about food, and more kudos to you for making this terrific Hub about Cooking soups and noodles. Yum! Where's moi pot? Gonna make some of these tonite. Me starving after the Gym!!! Heh! Have a grat day, Maita. Cheers! :D

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      Granny's House 

      9 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Great hub. Thank you for the videos. I am going to bookmark and rate up. I can make a great Wonton soup. I love this hub

    • BkCreative profile image


      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Great hubs! And I had the pleasure of living and working and traveling all over Asia and what a pleasure to try so many kinds of noodles - I love the rice noodles and noodles made from yam etc. So good, so healthy.

      Noodles are so addictive - I have to have them every now and then.

      Wonderful, delectable hub.

      Rated up of course! Yay!

    • alexandriaruthk profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from US

      Thanks Astra, Mwa...

    • Astra Nomik profile image

      Cathy Nerujen 

      9 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      My, this is a tasty feast, Maita. Some lovely noodles. What wonderful flavours there are. So many to choose. And they are easy to cook and eat. Who would bother with potatoes? (Besides me. Ha) You are getting me hungry now. You are an awesome hub writer. Thumbs up here, dear. :)


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