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Rice vermicelli
Strands of rice vermicelli
Alternative namesRice noodles, rice sticks
TypeRice noodles
Place of originEast Asia
Region or stateEast Asia, Indian subcontinent, and Southeast Asia
Main ingredientsRice
VariationsGuìlín mǐfěn
Rice vermicelli
Chinese name
Burmese name
Vietnamese name
Vietnamese alphabetbún
Chữ Nôm𡅊
Thai name
RTGSsen mee
Japanese name
Malay name
Indonesian name
Filipino name
Tamil name
Tamilசேவை (sevai)
Lao name
Laoເຂົ້າປຸ້ນ (Khao poon)
Khmer name
Khmerនំបញ្ចុក (num bănhchŏk)

Rice vermicelli is a thin form of noodle.[1] It is sometimes referred to as "rice noodles" or "rice sticks", but should not be confused with cellophane noodles, a different Asian type of vermicelli made from mung bean starch or rice starch rather than rice grains themselves.

Presentation and varieties

Rice vermicelli is a part of several Asian cuisines, where it is often eaten as part of a soup dish, stir-fry, or salad. One particularly well-known, slightly thicker variety, called Guìlín mǐfěn (桂林米粉), comes from the southern Chinese city of Guilin, where it is a breakfast staple.


Rice vermicelli is widely known in Asia by cognates of Hokkien 米粉 (bí-hún, lit.'rice vermicelli'). These include bīfun (Japan), bíjon or bihon (Philippines), bee hoon (Singapore), bihun or mee hoon (Malaysia and Indonesia), and mee hoon (Southern Thailand). Other names include num banh chok (Cambodia), hsan-kya-zan (Myanmar), and bún (Vietnam).

Naming in Taiwan

Beginning July 1, 2014, Food and Drug Administration of Taiwan rules have been in effect that only products made of 100% rice can be labeled and sold as "米粉" in Taiwan, usually translated as "rice vermicelli" or "rice noodle". If the product contains starch or other kinds of grain powder as ingredients but is made of at least 50% rice, it is to be labelled as "調和米粉", meaning "blended rice vermicelli".[2] Products made of less than 50% rice cannot be labelled as rice vermicelli.[3]

Naming in Philippines

Despite colloquially referred to as rice noodles in the Philippines, nearly all retail "bihon" in the country is made of potato starch instead of rice.

Notable dishes

East Asia

Mainland China

Guilin rice noodles

As the term 米粉 (mifen) literally only means "rice noodles" in Chinese, there is considerable variation among rice noodles granted this name. In Hubei and historically in much of Hunan, mifen refers to thick, flat rice noodles made using a wet mix, similar to shahe fen. In Changde, the term refer to thick, round noodles that has supplanted the other mifen in Hunan.[4] These are mifen in China, but not rice vermicelli noodles.

Hong Kong

Singapore fried rice noodles


South Asia

Indian Subcontinent

Southeast Asia


Num banh chok


Bihun goreng
Soto mie bogor style noodle and rice vermicelli, cabbage, tomato, (cartilage and tendons of cow's trotters) and tripes, risoles spring rolls, served in broth soup, added sweet soy sauce, sprinkled with fried shallots and sambal chilli


Bihun sup
Singaporean-style Hokkien mee
Laksa Sarawak is the de facto state dish of Sarawak

In Malaysia, rice vermicelli may be found as mihun, mi hoon, mee hoon, bihun, or bee hoon.

There are various types of bihun soup, from pork noodles, chicken meat, fish balls and the list goes on, basically alternatives to different noodles that you prefer.


Mohinga with fritters
Rakhine mont di fish soup with garnish


Filipino pancit bihon served with calamansi
Filipino pancit palabok



Vietnamese bún thịt nướng chả giò
A dish of bánh hỏi in Ho Chi Minh City
A bowl of bún riêu and a dish of vegetables
A bowl of bún bò (at Bún Bò Huế An Nam restaurant)

See also


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  2. ^ (2 December 2013). "市售包裝米粉絲產品標示規定". Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  3. ^ "食品標示法規手冊" (PDF). Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  4. ^ 不是常德、不是岳阳,湖北这座历史名城才是被低估的美食王国 [Not Changde, not Yueyang, this historic city of Hubei is the real underrated kingdom of food]. 24 February 2022.
  5. ^ "Singaporean Fried Rice Noodles". 21 April 2010. Archived from the original on 22 September 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  6. ^ "How to make perfect Singapore noodles". Guardian News and Media Limited. 2 October 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Indian Coconut Rice Noodles".
  8. ^ Larsen, Tevy (7 March 2012). "Stir fry clear rice noodle (Char Mee Sur)". tevysfoodblog. blogspot. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  9. ^ Bolla, Sarah. "Cambodian Noodle Salad with Sweet Pepper Dressing". Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Fragrant Cambodian Noodle Salad". Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  11. ^ "Fragrant Cambodian Noodle Salad". Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  12. ^ Mi, Yuen (17 April 2017). "How to Make Cambodian Noodle: Num Banh Chok". Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  13. ^ Lina (5 March 2013). "Khmer noodles: The story of num banh chok". Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  14. ^ "Pancit Bihon Guisado". Kawaling Pinoy. 24 August 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  15. ^ "Pastil". Savor Filipino Foods. 14 October 2018. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  16. ^ Uy, Amy A. (24 February 2013). "Asiong's Carinderia: Why it still is the pride of Cavite City". GMA News Online. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  17. ^ "Pancit Palabok Recipe". Panlasang Pinoy. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  18. ^ "Filipino Pansit Miki at Bihon Guisado". Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  19. ^ "Pancit Canton at Bihon Recipe". Panlasang Pinoy. 24 February 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2019.