I was looking into Japanese dishes that I could cook for a friend with Celiac disease - so, no gluten.

I love making Ramen, and I know of course that Ramen is traditionally made with wheat noodles. But, I was wondering if there was a Japanese style of noodle similar to Ramen, but rice-based instead of wheat-based.

As it turns out, I'm either missing something, or the answer is no! There are plenty of other Japanese styles of noodles: Soba, Udon, and Somen, to name a few. However, each variety I found was either made of wheat flour or usually contains a bit of wheat flour mixed in.

There are also plenty of varieties of Rice noodles, but none of them seem to originate from Japan - Wikipedia doesn't have any rice noodle dishes listed from Japan.

Can anyone that knows more about noodles shed some light on this?

  • I’m voting to close this question because it's out of scope as defined in the help center.
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    Commented Jun 18 at 8:01
  • Hello Will! Our site has a rather narrow scope. Questions like yours are fascinating to ask, but the problem is, they're difficult to answer - and it's even more difficult for non-specialists to distinguish between right and wrong answers. So, we're trying to stick to what we can answer as cooks, as opposed to creating just-so stories about the origins of human food culture.
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    Hello, I understand. However, @rumtscho you might want to take "The history of food and cooking" bullet point out of the help center if such questions are considered off-topic. Commented Jun 18 at 15:41
  • Looking at https://cooking.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1921/are-questions-about-the-history-of-foods-and-cooking-off-topic and the history tag, I'm not confident this question should be considered off topic.
    – Brian
    Commented Jun 24 at 19:19


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