End your ban on carbs with these 5 delicious international noodle recipes

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Each year when springtime rolls around, I start the process of ‘summerizing’ myself for those upcoming trips to the beach. Unfortunately, there are a few things that are hard to give up. It’s no secret that eating a ton of rice or noodles can bring the bloat, but sometimes a plate of pasta is just plain necessary!

Here are five international noodle recipes for those times you just need a noodle fix.

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Yaki Udon

This flavour-packed stir-fried udon dish reminds me of eating with my family at an izakaya in rural Japan. The springy noodles do such a great job of soaking in the simple and savory sauce. Top with scallions for a bit of crunch and katsuobushi (bonito flakes) for added umami.

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Vegan Dan Dan Noodles

Substitute meat for mushrooms in this play on the traditional Chinese dan dan noodles recipe. The diced mushrooms add meatiness and bulk up the dish, while delivering an unreal earthy depth of flavor. Using a bit of peanut butter leaves you with a dish that stradles the line between dan dan noodles and sesame noodles from your favourite take out spot. Warning: this dish is spicy!

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Spaghetti Vongole with Shiitake Mushrooms

With a nod to the Mediterranean and a tip of the cap to Japan, this spaghetti dish is smoky, briny, hearty and delicate - all at once. Cockles and shiitake mushrooms deliver a one-two punch of robust umami and deep-sea salinity. Dried red chilis bring a low-level, yet sustained heat to the mix. It’s Rome and Tokyo on a plate!

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Bihon Pancit

This Filipino pancit recipe is a simple mix of bihon (thin rice) noodles, chicken and veggies. The use of chicken stock, dark soy sauce and oyster sauce gives this easy-to-make recipe some real heft in the flavor department. Ready in just 20 minutes from start to finish!

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Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

My favorite side dish with fried chicken (or at any cookout or BBQ for that matter) is Hawaiian macaroni salad. I’m a sucker for the creamy, tangy sweetness. For this version I used light mayo, Greek yogurt and milk to achieve the creaminess of the original, while keeping it fitting-into-your-bikini-friendly. Delicious!

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