Glass Noodles or Bean Vermicelli
Ingredient Name: Glass noodles, Bean vermicelli, Bean threads, cellophane noodles, green bean vermicelli, crystal noodles or other variations
Traditional Chinese Name: 粉絲 (fěn sī )
What is this?
- Bean vermicelli is a type of noodle product made from starches (usually mung or green bean)
- It’s white and transparent and hard in texture because it is often sold as a dried product
- Glass noodles are in various dishes, soups, stews, or appetizers and come in various shapes, sizes and lengths
- Different from rice vermicelli as this one is made usually from beans and not rice
How do I prepare it?
Prior to use, rinse in warm water and soak completely in water for 2 hours
Where can I buy this?
This is available in most Asian supermarkets as prepackages
Western supermarkets are also sometimes known to carry this item
What is the cost
Very cheap. 3 packs cost $5 HKD.
A pack is pictured above
Excellent source of fiber and contains minimal fat and sodium
An extremely versitile produce that is easy to use and cook with
Be sure you’re purchasing genuine bean vermicelli
It is known that some manufacturers use corn starch to produce this to reduce cost (and can contain lead or bleaches)
Caution for people who have gout as high in bean content products can irritate gout symptoms