15 Noodle Bowl Recipes for the New Year

broccoli beef in a bowl with noodles

15 Noodle Bowl Recipes inspired by iconic bowls from Japan, China, Thailand, Korea, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Rich flavorful broth, amazing noodles, and piles of colorful, healthy toppings make these the 15 Asian noodle bowls you really do need in 2021.

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Traditionally eaten on New Year’s Day to bring luck in the new year, noodles symbolize a long healthy life. But noodle bowls are everything, and they’re appropriate for every season of the year. I’ve got recipes for vegans and meat lovers alike. If you haven’t made one in your own kitchen you are seriously missing out on one of the great taste and textural experiences.

Maybe what’s holding you back is noodle confusion ~ I’ve been there myself.

Here’s a quick rundown of the different types of noodles you’re likely to see in your supermarket~ they can be fresh, or dried, but you’re much more likely to come across the dried ~ and don’t stress over this, you can use any of them in your noodle bowl, just follow the package instructions for cooking.

making homemade noodles

photo: Steamy Kitchen

Different types of Asian noodles

  • Ramen ~ a Japanese wheat noodle you know from the little packets. It’s sold fresh and dried, the fresh are long and smooth, but the dried have a curly, kinky texture.
  • Soba ~ Thin Japanese buckwheat noodles. Pale grey or very light brown and straight, they can be used hot or cold.
  • Udon ~ Japanese wheat noodles with a hearty texture, perfect for hot dishes.
  • Somen ~ very thin wheat noodles often used cold in the summer, and also in Vietnamese pho.
  • Chow mein ~ ‘mein’ means noodle in Chinese, and there are lots of variations on these classic wheat noodles.
  • Rice noodles (vermicelli) ~ a translucent white, and made from rice flour, a great choice for gluten free noodle lovers.
  • Glass noodles (bean threads, cellophane noodles) ~ made from bean starch, they’re translucent and have a slightly gelatinous texture. These are also gluten free.
  • Homemade!  You can make Asian noodles from scratch…here are recipes for Udon, Ramen, and Squid Ink Noodles.
  • Spiralized veggies ~ why not?

illustration of chopsticks and noodles


colorful ramen bowl

Tieghan from Half Baked Harvest gives this bowl of ramen a healthy makeover with collagen rich bone broth, lots of veggies, and fresh kale. The noodles are made with brown rice, too. If you’re used to bland ramen that comes in a cellophane bag, you’re going to love this colorful noodle bowl. She shares the recipe over on The Chriselle Factor.



noodle bowl with greens

This Thai Green Curry Noodle Soup is a symphony of vibrant greens from lemongrass and basil, to broccolini. Sylvia from Feasting at Home makes this stunning bowl in about 20 minutes with the help of store bought green curry paste.



miso ramen with shitake and chicken soup

My Miso Ramen with Shitake and Chicken is a hearty meal that still manages to be under 30 minutes, low fat, and low calorie. Miso paste makes a umami rich broth that will boost your immune system.



garlic noodles in a black bowl

Are you all about the noodles? No prob, here’s a bowl of Honey Garlic Ginger Noodles. Dennis from @dennistheprescott sauces these chow mein noodles with tons of classic flavor and a good bit of spice.



ramen noodle bowl with eggs

This gorgeous rainbow bowl of ramen is ingeniously made with sweet potato and zucchini noodles. Anneka from @ANNEKAEATS uses radishes, green onions, and purple carrot ribbons to complete the color scheme.



pouring broth into bowl with pho

My Easy Slow Cooker Vietnamese Pho Recipe makes use of the crock pot to do all the heavy lifting, and after the broth is cooked to perfection, all you have to do is assemble this aromatic noodle bowl.



curry noodle bowl

Lindsay from Pinch of Yum makes this unique Bangkok Coconut Curry Noodle Bowl with a fresh flavor profile and pad Thai style noodles. Love that crunchy red cabbage garnish.



noodle bowl with fresh greens and herbs

This Chilled Cucumber and Sesame Soup with Trio of Noodles is proof that a noodle bowl doesn’t have to be steaming hot to be irresistible. Ash Hays of @formysenses uses vermicelli, hokkien, and soba noodles in this refreshing bowl.



chopsticks holding noodles

Sesame & Peanut Ramen with Ketjap Marinated Chicken ~ what’s ketjap? Don’t worry, I googled it, it’s an Indonesian soy sauce and if you can’t find it you can make it yourself by boiling equal parts soy sauce and brown sugar until it thickens like maple syrup. Paola from Cravings in Amsterdam uses it to get that gorgeous caramelized crust on the chicken. Yum.



beef and broccoli noodle bowls

I made these Beef and Broccoli Noodle Bowls with Japanese udon noodles that just require a quick soak to soften them. Quick cooking thin slices of sirloin steak and lots of crunchy broccoli and water chestnuts makes this our favorite 30 minute meal.



ramen in a large pot

When noodles are this good, it pays to make a whole pot of them, like this Kombu Ramen from Judy Kim. Dried kombu (seaweed) gives this quick broth great umami flavor.



a bowl of Dan Dan Noodles with chopsticks

Dan Dan Noodles are an easy weeknight version of traditional Sichuan street food, and SO delicious. The crispy pork in a creamy spicy sauce is outrageous.



pho noodles in a bowl

Vermicelli noodles star in this pretty green curry noodle bowl from Taylor, the Girl on Bloor. I love that she uses peanut butter and coconut milk to boost the flavor, and she makes her own homemade green curry paste.



close-up of noodles

These simple Teriyaki Salmon Noodle Bowls from The Cozy Apron rely on big chunks of caramelized salmon and brown rice spaghetti style noodles. If you marinate the salmon overnight, the meal comes together in a flash.



noodles in red broth

This vibrant Shrimp & Zoodle Thai Curry Bowl from Vodka & Biscuits is an aromatic Whole 30 meal guaranteed to chase away any chill.

 illustration of fork with noodles


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    May 22, 2020 at 8:55 am

    These photos and recipes look amazing. I was disappointed that the Japanese noodle bowl labeled Udon noodles don’t look like the Udon noodles I am familiar with. They are usually much thicker then the ones shown in the photo.

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    November 14, 2019 at 9:15 am

    5 stars
    Tried to give you 5 stars on the Chicken Parmesan Meatballs, but the computer would not let me =( I had to “cheat” a bit, since my meatballs are usually ground beef and pork – SO, simply used chicken instead of the beef, but with the pork there – no complaints, I don’t even think they noticed the switch. The recipe is fantastic, and the leftovers were great!! Even though I feed 3, made an entire batch and was able to have leftovers for myself and friends. SO glad I found your website, I like to try new recipes all of the time, and I will be visiting often.

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      November 14, 2019 at 9:23 am

      Thanks Cynthia, your rating did come through on your comment <3 I appreciate your support and glad you loved the meatballs!

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    February 2, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Gorgeous noodle bowls, I want to try them all!

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    Kymberlye Hinton
    February 1, 2018 at 9:34 am

    oh my goodness….. I love oodles of noodles!!!

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      February 1, 2018 at 10:14 am


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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    February 1, 2018 at 5:26 am

    Wow! I’m in noodle heaven 🙂 I love all the different ways to enjoy noodles. Great collection!

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    January 31, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Oh yes, now I’m craving noodle bowls! Right before lunch too 🙂 These are all absolutely gorgeous, vibrant, mouth watering bowls of amazing noodles! I will have to try a few and PIN them all!

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      January 31, 2018 at 9:09 am

      Don’t feel bad, I’ve been known to have a noodle bowl for breakfast…

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    Marilyn C Fabbro
    January 31, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Oh Sue! You’re killing me. I have to try them all!!!!

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      January 31, 2018 at 8:55 am

      You can’t go wrong, Marilyn 🙂

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    January 31, 2018 at 8:37 am

    My noodle loving soul loves this collection of bowl foods. We’re slowly being struck down with cold germs in our house so steaming bowls of noodles all week long! Gorgeous!

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      January 31, 2018 at 8:54 am

      ‘noodle loving soul’ ~ I’ve got to steal that 😉

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    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    January 31, 2018 at 8:09 am

    I’m not sure what’s wrong with me but I’ve been obsessed with noodle soups lately! Maybe it’s the weather but they are so comforting and can be so full of flavor. This is a beautiful list and I can’t wait to try a few of them!

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    January 31, 2018 at 8:05 am

    So many amazing recipes here!

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    Lisa | Garlic + Zest
    January 31, 2018 at 7:43 am

    Good Lord, Sue — you are KILLING ME! Every one of these bowls is so mouthwateringly inviting. I don’t know where to start — I’m saving this roundup — and definitely trying all of these.

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      January 31, 2018 at 7:54 am

      I’m now officially ‘bowl’ obsessed!

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    John / Kitchen Riffs
    January 31, 2018 at 7:36 am

    You’re right — I need all of these noodle bowls, and NOW! Lovely collection, and great primer on the different kinds of noodles. Thanks!

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    Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie
    January 31, 2018 at 6:35 am

    These all look amazing! I have a few I want to try out!

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    Monique Campeau
    January 31, 2018 at 6:29 am

    I love bowl food and don’t eat it often enough.I did make a Mediterranean Quinoa bowl yesterday and really enjoyed it..plus they look so darn pretty don’t they?

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      January 31, 2018 at 6:40 am

      I love the term ‘bowl food’ ~ I think things just taste better in a bowl 😉

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