Harusame, or glass noodles, are thin, transparent gluten-free noodles. The quick-cooking noodles are a filler in spring rolls, noodle salads, stir-fries, or soups.
Harusame (“spring rain”) or Japanese glass noodles are thin, transparent gluten-free noodles made of potato or sweet potato starch. The name originates from the thin, transparent appearance reminiscent of spring showers. The noodles are said to originate from China and were brought to Japan during the Kamakura period (1180-1336).
What Do They Taste
They have a neutral flavor and soak up broths, soups, and seasonings well. It has a chewy and bouncy texture.
How To Use Harusame
Depending on the brand, you may need to boil the noodles for a few minutes or microwave them in a bowl with water. You can use it as a wheat noodle substitute for noodle soups, add to stir-fries, glass noodle salad, and more.
Recipes Using Harusame (Glass Noodles)
Where To Buy Harusame
Find harusame at Asian or Japanese grocery stores. You can substitute with Chinese glass noodles, made of mung bean starch but with a similar transparent and chewy texture.