A Chinese noodle, made from rice flour and water that have a mild subtle flavor and a chewy texture. They are available in various sizes and shapes, ranging from the very fine, brittle vermicelli to noodles that are 1/4 inch in width, similar to fettuccine. Rice noodles are deep-fat fried into crispy strands and used to complement salads or they can be presoaked and boiled to become a main ingredient for a noodle dish. They can also be used to add body for soups and stir-fried dishes. The noodles can be found in Asian markets and supermarkets and are also called "Asian noodles".
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