Noodle vs. Dumpling

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Noodle and Dumpling is that the Noodle is a type of staple food made from some type of unleavened dough and Dumpling is a food that consists of small pieces of dough (with or without filling)

  • Noodle

    Noodles are a type of food made from unleavened dough which is rolled flat and cut, or extruded, into long strips or strings. Noodles can be refrigerated for short-term storage or dried and stored for future use.

    Noodles are usually cooked in boiling water, sometimes with cooking oil or salt added. They are also often pan-fried or deep-fried. Noodle dishes can include a sauce or noodles can be put into soup. The material composition and geocultural origin is specific to each type of a wide variety of noodles. Noodles are a staple food in many cultures (see Chinese noodles, Japanese noodles, Korean noodles, Filipino noodles, and Vietnamese noodles).

  • Dumpling

    Dumpling is a broad classification for a dish that consists of pieces of dough (made from a variety of starch sources) wrapped around a filling, or of dough with no filling. The dough can be based on bread, flour or potatoes, and may be filled with meat, fish, cheese, vegetables, fruits or sweets. Dumplings may be prepared using a variety of methods, including baking, boiling, frying, simmering or steaming and are found in many world cuisines.

  • Noodle (noun)

    a string or strip of pasta

    “She slurped a long noodle up out of her soup.”

  • Noodle (noun)

    a person with poor judgement; a fool

  • Noodle (noun)

    the brain, the head

  • Noodle (noun)

    a pool noodle

  • Noodle (verb)

    To think or ponder.

    “He noodled over the problem for a day or two before making a decision.”

    “”Noodle that thought around for a while” said Dr. Johnson to his Biblical Interpretations class.”

  • Noodle (verb)

    To fiddle, play with, or mess around.

    “If the machine is really broken, noodling with the knobs is not going to fix it.”

  • Noodle (verb)

    To improvise music.

    “He has been noodling with that trumpet all afternoon, and every bit of it sounds awful.”

  • Noodle (verb)

    To fish (usually for very large catfish) without any equipment other than the fisherman’s own body

    “Fred had several lacerations on his hands from noodling for flathead in the river.”

  • Noodle (verb)

    To fossick, especially for opals.

  • Dumpling (noun)

    A ball of dough that is cooked and may have a filling and/or additional ingredients in the dough. from 17th c.

  • Dumpling (noun)

    A term of endearment.

    “My little dumpling.”

  • Dumpling (noun)

    A piece of excrement.


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