How to Cook Brown Rice Noodles

Since I listed where to purchase brown rice noodles, I would like to list instructions in how to cook the brown noodles.


  • Fill up the pot with filtered water preferably
  • Turn the stove to at least six or a middle mark for an electric stove
  • Bring the water to a rolling boil
  • Place the desired noodles into the pot
  • Then, turn it down to medium or low medium for eight minutes.
  • Be sure to leave the lid open.
  • Remember stir the noodles so they won’t clump together.
  • Add a teaspoon of cooking oil (e.g., grape seed oil, coconut or canola oil)
  • After eight minutes, turn off the stove.
  • Put the lid back on, set the timer for two minutes.
  • After two minutes, open the lid and drain the water.
  • Rinse the noodles with cold water.
  • The noodles are ready to serve after a few minutes.

If you desire your noodles to be al dente, remember to reduce the boiling time to six or seven minutes. It also depends on the type of stove you have. I base my cooking on my electric stove. If you have a gas stove, you may not need to boil as long as my instructions. Bon Appetit!

Where to Purchase Brown Rice Noodles

Brown rice noodles are great alternative to jasmine brown rice for those who enjoy eating dishes like “bun” or “goi cuon”. If you are gluten intolerance, brown rice noodles are a wonderful alternative to wheat pasta.  I generally prefer Trader Joe’s brand brown rice noodles since the price is reasonable and tastes just as good as any major brand. My second choice is Tinkyada.  For those city dwellers, here are stores below where you can pick up organic brown rice noodles.

  • Trader Joe’s
  • Whole Foods
  • Berkeley Bowl

If you don’t live in a city or your local favorite stores don’t carry brown rice noodles, fear not!  Below are two good sites that you can pick them up:

Feel free to leave me any comments and questions.

How to Eat out on a Budget

Eating out is a luxury.  For those who are on a budget, there are ways to enjoy eating out.  Here are a few tips to enjoy your favorite dishes.

  1. Order to go.  This is the cheapest way to indulge yourself and save money at the same time.
  2. Go to lunch.  Lunch usually costs less than dinner.
  3. Go express; restaurants like Chipotle, Zanchary Pizza, and Panda are usually cheaper since there are no waiters nor waitresses to serve you.
  4. Go deli; Check out Whole Foods Market’s deli section; most prepared food are delicious and healthy. Berkeley Bowl offers a wide range of wonderful foods: Asian, Mexican, deli, soup and whatnot.
  5. Throw a potluck; get together with a few friends who can cook and throw a potluck monthly.
  6. Go for Happy Hour; Whole Foods offers special discount on certain food like rotisserie chicken on Friday.
  7. Last but not least, search for coupons online.