WHAT IS IT?
Chinese Rice Noodle rolls (Cheung Fun) are made from thin sheets of rice noodles that have been steamed and then rolled into long tubular rice rolls. Great as quick snacks either steamed or pan fried to crispiness.
HOW IS IT USED?
Chinese rice noodle rolls (cheung fun) are most commonly eaten for breakfast or as a snack.
When it is steamed, it is a light springy noodle roll that is usually dipped in a light soy sauce or slathered in a sweet hoisin or sesame paste. They can also be pan fried to make them crispy and springy, but again is eaten the same way with a bit of soy sauce, sweet hoisin or sesame paste.
To simplify the cooking process, they can be nuked in the microwave as well, instead of steaming them over the stove. I like to use a damp paper towel to cover it while I microwave it to mimic the steaming! 🙂
Recipes that use Chinese Rice Noodle Rolls (Cheung Fun):
WHERE DO I FIND IT?
Since these rice noodle rolls are fresh, you cannot (and should not) buy them online. You can find these noodles in Asian grocery stores, usually in the refrigerated section with the fresh noodles. They usually come in two varieties : plain or with dried shrimp with green onions.
When picking them out, pay attention the expiry date on the packaging as they don't do too well once they pass that date. Make sure there's no funky black or pink molds on it before purchasing it. 🙂
They don't have a whole lot of flavour to them. They taste like plain rice noodles. The variety that come with dried shrimp and green onions have a bit more flavour but these rolls are mostly known for its texture and they make a fantastic vessel for sauce! 🙂
Unlike it's cousin the Korean rice rolls, these are not super chewy. When they are steamed they are soft and slightly springy and when they are pan fried they are crispy and slightly springy.
These should be stored in the fridge. The packages almost always will have expiry dates on them, try not to keep them for longer than the expiry dates. Before you use them examine them to make sure you don't see any funky pink or black mold on it.