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Perfecting your Pad Thai or simply searching for noodles that are naturally gluten-free? Rice noodles have such a mild flavour that they complement pretty much any Asian-inspired sauce or topping, from Vietnamese pho to spicy Szechuan dishes and of course, for spring rolls. Aside from being vegan and low in calories, rice noodles also provide fibre, zinc and iron.


If you're looking for a healthy way to get your carbs, rice and brown rice noodles are an essential item for stir-fries, soups and salads. Whether you fancy vermicelli, flat Thai sticks or thick, wide noodles with bite, we've put this guide together to help you find the best products available across Amazon, eBay and Waitrose. Get ready for some wholesome comfort food!

  • Last updated: 04-04-2022
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How to Choose Rice Noodles in the UK – Buying Guide

Let's begin with our buying guide which will be useful for beginners to Asian cuisine and noodle connoisseurs alike. In order to make the right decision when buying rice noodles online, it's worth taking the time to consider certain things to help you choose the best product for you.

Choose the Type of Noodles Based on Your Recipe and Taste Preferences

Choose the Type of Noodles Based on Your Recipe and Taste Preferences

The type of rice noodles you choose will depend on what kind of dish you are making and your personal taste preferences. Vermicelli noodles can be made from white or brown rice and work best in Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese recipes including stir-fries, soups, spring rolls and salads.


If you prefer medium or thick noodles, rice sticks are a tasty and authentic choice usually made in Thailand or Vietnam. Their texture and consistency are perfect for ramen or other types of brothy soups. They also soak up the flavours in braised beef dishes making for a satisfying and yummy dinner.

Choose the Type of Noodles Based on Your Recipe and Taste Preferences

Other types to choose from include brown rice udon, Singapore rice noodles and those that are made by combining brown rice with other ingredients. Udon is a thick noodle used in Japanese cuisine to create tasty and filling comfort food, however, unlike other rice noodles, brown rice udon is often made with wheat flour.


Perfect when you're short on time, Singapore rice noodles can be bought pre-cooked in a delicious dressing of garlic, chilli and other aromatic spices, ready to go straight into the wok. There are also noodles made from a combination of brown rice and wakame or healthy grains if you fancy trying something a little different.

Consider Prep Time Alongside Noodle Thickness

Consider Prep Time Alongside Noodle Thickness

Preparation time can vary quite a bit between products, though this also depends on how you prepare the noodles. "Instant" vermicelli usually just need to be soaked in boiling water for 2-3 minutes then rinsed in cold water and drained, while fresh rice noodles that come pre-cooked can go straight into a wok to create a stir fry or directly into a soup.


Udon or rice sticks can take anywhere between 6-15 minutes to cook due to their texture and thickness, but the instructions on the packet are often taking into consideration boiling and then frying them too. Make sure to follow the directions so as not to overcook your rice noodles – this can happen quicker than you think!

Specific Dietary Needs or Trying to Stay Healthy? Always Read the Packaging

Specific Dietary Needs or Trying to Stay Healthy? Always Read the Packaging

When it comes to the nutritional information section, rice noodles won't be giving you any shockers. Low in fat, saturated fat and calories and naturally gluten-free and vegan, they're a healthy option for all dietary needs and a great choice if you're trying to lose weight. 


Rice noodles also provide a good source of carbohydrates to fill you up. If you are looking for something to satisfy for longer, look for brown rice or whole-grain options which also provide healthy fibre.


However, like soba noodles, brown rice udon is often cut with wheat flour, making it unsuitable for a gluten-free diet. Noodle lovers may already be aware of this, but some products are labelled in a way that looks like they are just made from rice. Fresh marinated noodles may also include soy sauce or other ingredients containing gluten.

Top 10 Best Rice Noodles in the UK

Now we've gone through the main things to think about when looking for rice noodles online, it's time to get to our recommendations. Featuring yummy offerings from Waitrose, Clearspring and Thai Taste – it's time to get those chopsticks out!

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Type of NoodlesWheat and brown rice udon noodles
Preparation Time9 minutes
Calories per 100 g350 kcal
Dietary InformationVegan, kosher
9

King SobaBrown Rice and Wakame Noodles

Pack of 3

£9.69

Type of NoodlesBrown rice and wakame noodles
Preparation Time5-6 minutes
Calories per 100 g360 kcal
Dietary InformationOrganic, gluten-free, vegan
8

WaitroseSingapore Rice Noodles

£1.40

Type of NoodlesSingapore rice noodles with a curry dressing
Preparation TimeAround 7 minutes
Calories per 100 g140 kcal
Dietary InformationGluten-free, vegan
7

MAMAWholegrain Rice Vermicelli

£1.55

Type of NoodlesWhole grain rice vermicelli
Preparation Time3-4 minutes
Calories per 100 g350 kcal
Dietary InformationGluten-free, vegan
6
Type of NoodlesFolded rice noodles
Preparation Time15 minutes
Calories per 100 g347 kcal
Dietary InformationGluten-free, vegan
5

KirinThai Rice Stick Noodles

£1.95

Type of Noodles10 mm rice sticks
Preparation Time6-8 minutes
Calories per 100 g382 kcal
Dietary InformationGluten-free, vegan
4

Thai TasteFolded Brown Rice Noodles

£1.49

Type of NoodlesBrown rice noodles
Preparation Time5-10 minutes
Calories per 100 g359 kcal
Dietary InformationGluten-free, vegan
3

MAMARice Vermicelli Noodles

£1.55

Type of NoodlesRice vermicelli
Preparation Time3 minutes
Calories per 100 g358 kcal
Dietary InformationGluten-free, vegan
2

Bamboo TreeVietnamese Rice Noodles

£2.99

Type of Noodles1 mm Vietnamese rice noodles
Preparation Time-
Calories per 100 g-
Dietary InformationGluten-free, vegan
1

Red DragoRice Sticks

Pack of 6

£14.99

Type of Noodles5 mm rice sticks
Preparation Time8-10 minutes
Calories per 100 g353 kcal
Dietary InformationGluten-free, vegan

Compare the Best Rice Noodles

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Red Drago Rice Sticks 1

Red Drago

2
Bamboo Tree Vietnamese Rice Noodles 1

Bamboo Tree

3
MAMA Rice Vermicelli Noodles 1

MAMA

4
Thai Taste Folded Brown Rice Noodles 1

Thai Taste

5
Kirin Thai Rice Stick Noodles 1

Kirin

6
Thai Taste Folded Rice Noodles 1

Thai Taste

7
MAMA Wholegrain Rice Vermicelli 1

MAMA

8
Waitrose Singapore Rice Noodles 1

Waitrose

9
King Soba Brown Rice and Wakame Noodles 1

King Soba

10
Clearspring Brown Rice Udon 1

Clearspring

Name

Rice Sticks

Vietnamese Rice Noodles

Rice Vermicelli Noodles

Folded Brown Rice Noodles

Thai Rice Stick Noodles

Folded Rice Noodles

Wholegrain Rice Vermicelli

Singapore Rice Noodles

Brown Rice and Wakame Noodles

Brown Rice Udon

Features

The Best Authentic Rice Noodles Made in Thailand

Fabulous in Summer Rolls, Broths and Crisp Salads

Tasty Vermicelli That’s Ready to Enjoy in 3 Minutes

An Easy Nutritious Swap for Pad Thai and More

Super Wide and Ideal for Soaking up Robust Flavours

Highly Versatile and Naturally Gluten-Free

Good for Singapore Noodles, Soups and Asian Salads

Fresh, Fragrant Noodles Ready to Stir Fry

Organic, Vegan and Naturally Free From Gluten

Satisfying Wheat and Brown Rice Noodles

Price£14.99£2.99£1.55£1.49£1.95£1.49£1.55£1.40£9.69£2.49
Type of Noodles5 mm rice sticks1 mm Vietnamese rice noodlesRice vermicelliBrown rice noodles10 mm rice sticksFolded rice noodlesWhole grain rice vermicelliSingapore rice noodles with a curry dressingBrown rice and wakame noodlesWheat and brown rice udon noodles
Preparation Time8-10 minutes-3 minutes5-10 minutes6-8 minutes15 minutes3-4 minutesAround 7 minutes5-6 minutes9 minutes
Calories per 100 g353 kcal-358 kcal359 kcal382 kcal347 kcal350 kcal140 kcal360 kcal350 kcal
Dietary InformationGluten-free, veganGluten-free, veganGluten-free, veganGluten-free, veganGluten-free, veganGluten-free, veganGluten-free, veganGluten-free, veganOrganic, gluten-free, veganVegan, kosher
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More Essential Asian Ingredients

More Essential Asian Ingredients

Asia is a continent of many different cultures and cuisines and if you'd like to refine your expertise when it comes to Asian cooking, there are some key ingredients you'll need. Whether Japanese, Thai or Vietnamese food is your favourite, our related articles feature some essential products to kit out your cupboards. 

Summary

Now that you've read our guide and recommendations, you shouldn't need to search any longer as all of our ten picks are top-quality, delicious and able to be used in a variety of dishes. Quick to prepare and good for you – it doesn't get much better than rice noodles.

Author: Melanie McPhail

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