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Misua noodles.jpg
Fried misua noodles
Type Chinese noodles
Place of origin China
Region or state Fujian
Main ingredients Wheat flour
Cookbook: Misua  Media: Misua
Traditional Chinese 麵線
Simplified Chinese 面线
Literal meaning noodle threads

Misua (also spelled mee sua or miswa) are a very thin variety of salted noodles made from wheat flour. They originated in Fujian, China. The noodles differ from mifen (rice vermicelli) and cellophane noodles in that those varieties are made from rice and mung beans, respectively. Misua are also typically a lot thinner than those two noodle types.[citation needed]


Misua is made from wheat flour. Cooking misua usually takes less than two minutes in boiling water, and sometimes significantly less.[citation needed]

Bola-bola with misua (Philippines)


Misua is cooked during important festivities, and eaten in mainland China as well in Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, Thailand, and the Philippines. Misua signifies long life in Chinese culture, and as such is a traditional birthday food.[citation needed]

It is usually served with ingredients such as eggs, oysters, pig's large intestine, shiitake mushroom, beef, shallots, or scallions, roasted nuts or fried fish.

In Taiwan, there are two forms of misua. The first is plain, while the second has been steamed at high heat, caramelizing it to a light brown colour. For birthdays, plain misua is usually served plain with pork hocks (猪腳麵線) in stewed broth as a Taiwanese birthday tradition. Brown misua can be cooked for prolonged periods without disintegrating in the cooking broth and is used in oyster vermicelli (蚵仔麵線), a dish popular in Taiwan.[citation needed]

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