The first mention of a vermicelli recipe is in the book De arte Coquinaria per vermicelli e maccaroni siciliani (The Art of Cooking Sicilian Macaroni and Vermicelli), compiled by the famous Maestro Martino da Como, unequalled in his field at the time and perhaps the first "celebrity chef," who was the chef at the Roman palazzo of the papal chamberlain ("camerlengo"), the Patriarch of Aquileia. In Martino's Libro de arte coquinaria, there are several recipes for vermicelli, which can last two or three years (doi o tre anni) when dried in the sun.
In East Asia, the term rice vermicelli is often used to describe the thin rice noodles (米粉) popular in China, also known as bee hoon in Hokkien, mai fun in Cantonese, kyar-zun in Burmese and bún in Vietnamese. The term vermicelli may also refer to vermicelli made from mung bean, which is translucent when cooked, and can be differentiated from rice vermicelli, which turns whitish when cooked. Mung bean vermicelli is commonly used in Chinese cuisine. Conversely, 面线 (Hokkien: mee sua, Cantonese: min seen, Mandarin Chinese: mian xian) is vermicelli that is made of wheat instead of rice. While superficially similar to bee hoon it has a very different texture, and different culinary uses as well.
In Somalia, it is used in a sweet dish called Cadriyad. The vermicelli is browned by frying with butter, then water, sugar and cardamom is added until the vermicelli has softened slightly. It is similar to the Indian kheer. However, no milk or cream is added. It is usually eaten as a dessert or eaten as a side dish with Somali spiced rice dishes.
Vermicelli Pudding, Supriya's Moongh Sprout Salad, Usha's Hyderabadi Chicken, North Indian Moongh Dal, Cauliflower With Ginger And Cilantro.
Aug 19, 2002; vermicelli PUDDING In India, vermicelli known as seviyan is used to make this pudding. It's available at Indian...
Vermicelli Pudding, Supriya's Moongh Sprout Salad, Usha's Hyderabadi Chicken, North Indian Moongh Dal, Cauliflower With Ginger And Cilantro.(Knight Ridder Newspapers)
Aug 22, 2002; vermicelli PUDDING In India, vermicelli known as seviyan is used to make this pudding. It's available at Indian...