Rice vermicelli

Rice vermicelli

Strands of rice vermicelli
Alternative names Rice noodles, rice sticks
Type Rice noodles
Place of origin China
Main ingredients Rice
Variations Guilin mǐfěn
Cookbook: Rice vermicelli  Media: Rice vermicelli
Rice vermicelli
Chinese name
Chinese 米粉
Vietnamese name
Vietnamese bún
Thai name
Thai เส้นหมี่ (sen mee)
Japanese name
Kana ビーフン (bīfun)
Malay name
Malay bihun
Filipino name
Tagalog bihon or bijon
Tamil name
Tamil சேவை (sevai)

Rice vermicelli are a thin form of rice noodles.[1] They are sometimes referred to as rice noodles, rice sticks, or bee hoon, but they should not be confused with cellophane noodles, which are an Asian type of vermicelli made from mung bean starch rather than rice.

Presentation and varieties

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

Naming in Taiwan

Beginning July 1st, 2014, Food and Drug Administration of Taiwan rules that only products made 100% of 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% percent of rice, it is to be labeled as "調和米粉", meaning "blended rice vermicelli".[2] Products made of less than 50% of rice cannot be labelled as rice vermicelli.[3]

Notable dishes


Guilin rice noodles

Hong Kong

Singapore fried rice noodles



In Malaysia, the rice vermicelli can be called and found as Mihun, Mi hoon, Mee Hoon, Bihun, or Bee Hoon.






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See also


  1. Lori Alden (2005). "Asian Rice Noodles". Retrieved November 4, 2011.
  2. www.fda.gov.tw. "市售包裝米粉絲產品標示規定". Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  3. www.fda.gov.tw. "食品標示法規手冊" (PDF). Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  4. "Singaporean Fried Rice Noodles". tastehongkong.com. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  5. "How to make perfect Singapore noodles". theguardian.com. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
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