The noodle is a type of
staple food made from some type of unleavened dough which
is rolled flat and cut into one of a variety of shapes.
While long, thin strips may be the most common, many
varieties of noodles are cut into waves, helices, tubes,
strings, or shells, or folded over, or cut into other
Noodles are usually
cooked in boiling water, sometimes with cooking oil or
salt added. They are often pan-fried or deep-fried.
Noodles are often served with an accompanying sauce or in
a soup. Noodles can be refrigerated for short-term
storage, or dried and stored for future use.
In American English usage, the word "noodle" is an
inclusive term that denotes texture and culinary use, and
to a lesser extent, shape, as many people may associate it
with the more common string varieties, such as spaghetti
or ramen. In British English usage it denotes exclusively
a food in the form of long, thin strips of pasta, usually
as in Asian cuisine. The material composition or
geocultural origin must be specified when discussing
noodles. The word derives from the German word Nudel.