Are you wondering how to make perfect rice / vermicelli noodles for different mouth-watering dishes such as Pho, Pad Thai, and spring rolls? Well, worry no more! Here’s the easiest way to cook rice noodles, plus some extra tips!

Rice noodles are more delicate and more fragile compared to other noodles made from wheat. So, it is easier to over cook them. But with my noodle cooking method and tips, you will never over or under-cook them again!

In Vietnamese cuisine, we use rice noodles for many dishes. For example, we use these delicate rice noodles for Vietnamese Spring Rolls which are also called Summer Rolls since they are so refreshing to eat in the summer.

If you have been to a Vietnamese restaurant before, most likely have you seen and eaten Bún Thịt Nướng which is a grilled Pork Noodle Bowl. Totally delicious!

Follow these easy steps!

The EASIEST Way to Cook Rice/Vermicelli Noodles

Course Appetizer


  • Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. Add your noodles and loosen the noodles a little. Make sure that the rice noodles are completely submerged.
  • Put ON your pot lid. Turn OFF the heat. Set Timer for 8 minutes.


After 8 minutes, your rice/vermicelli noodles are perfectly cooked!!!!!
TIP: Usually, people rinse it in cold water to stop the cooking. But since we are using the “passive” cooking method, there is really no risk of over-cooking the noodles.  Instead, we rinse it in hot water, so the rice noodles are not sticky after the cool down.
Extra Tips!
  • If you plan to use the rice noodles for your Pad Thai, then make sure to under-cook them a bit. You may want to take the noodles out of hot water after about 4 minutes. The under-cooked noodles will absorb more moisture and cook further once added to your Pad Thai stir fry.
  • If you’re preparing noodles as part of a soup, cook the rice noodles separate from the soup. Add the noodles to final dish only before serving the soup. You do not want to cook noodles in the same pot as your soup otherwise the starch that is being release from the noodles changes the taste and the color of your broth.
  • You can use the same cooking method for spaghetti noodles! If you like your spaghetti noodles Al Dente, you may want to take the noodles out after 7 minutes. But 8 minutes is perfect for my family’s taste bud.
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