Cellophane noodles (also known as Chinese vermicelli, bean
threads, bean thread noodles, crystal noodles, or glass noodles) are a type of
noodle made from starch (such as mung bean starch, yam, potato
starch, cassava or canna starch), and water.
Left: Dried uncooked vermicelli made
from mung bean starch.
They are generally sold in dried form, boiled to reconstitute, then used in
soups, stir fried dishes, or
spring rolls. They are called "cellophane noodles"
or "glass noodles" because of their appearance when cooked, resembling
cellophane, a clear material or a translucent light gray or brownish-gray color.
Cellophane noodles are generally round, and are available in various
thicknesses. Wide, flat cellophane noodle sheets called mung bean sheets are
also produced in China.
Cellophane noodles should not be confused with
rice vermicelli, which are made
from rice and are white in color rather than clear.
Left: Cellophane noodles have a
translucent appearance when cooked. It is generally much longer than