Monday, February 1, 2010

Frying Maifun Rice Noodles

Something almost magical happens when you drop these Chinese rice noodles into hot oil.  They almost instantly expand into a birds nest of crispy noodles.  Fried maifun are great in salads or as a bed for stir-fry dishes. 

To fry maifun you need a wok or large heavy pot filled with about 2 inches of oil.  Heat the oil over a high flame to a temperature of 400 degrees.

Instantly when you drop the noodles into the hot oil they should start to expand.  If they don't then the oil is not hot enough.

They take less than a minute to cook.  Remove them from the oil and drain on a paper towel lined plate.  Then they are ready to use.


  1. Chinese and Thai are two of my favorite foods. I've never tried to make these noodles though.

  2. Michael,
    Tonight I made a whole Chinese feast. I'll share some more of the recipes tomorrow. You will never need to order take out again.

  3. I'm looking forward to reading your Chinese feast!

  4. KennyT,
    Well it was an American version of a Chinese feast...Its dishes like we get in Chinese restraunts here in America.

  5. Julia,
    I think thats why I like them...they are just so pretty.

  6. FYI - these noodles were in a memorable scene from the movie "Four Season" starring Carol Burnett and Alan Alda. Three men were cooking their wives dinner and made these noodles. I first saw this movie when I was 10 years old and always wanted to make them. This year my family has decided to make Chinese Food for Christmas dinner as we do a different country/ethnic background each year. I just found an Asian market here in Indy that sells these noodles. You better believe they will be on my Christmas table. Wish me luck!!! Oh, and Merry Christmas to all!!