bean thread


Definition of bean thread

: a translucent noodle that is made with starch of the mung bean : cellophane noodle After being softened in warm water bean threads may be used in soup, stir-fried with a savory sauce, or served in cold platters or salads.— Nina Simonds

Examples of bean thread in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To turn leftovers into a noodle soup, add glass noodles (a.k.a. bean thread or saifun; soak a bundle in hot water until softened then snip with scissors) to the pot when reheating. Andrea Nguyen, Bon Appétit, 17 Dec. 2019 Also known as bean thread or cellophane noodles, these thin strands, made from bean starch, cook in minutes right in the hot pot and turn translucent. Sunset, 22 Jan. 2018 The rolls were true to their name and wrapped tightly in a lightly fried shell that shattered to reveal cabbage, soybean, carrot, celery and bean threads. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of bean thread

1954, in the meaning defined above

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“Bean thread.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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