Rice noodles are mostly cooked then dried, placing them in the instant category. As many don't come with cooking instructions, preparing them can be confusing.
They come in many shapes and sizes, but they can be roughly classified as thin, medium and wide and preparing them is actually quite simple. Although different to western noodle preparation, such as pasta, Asian noodles often only need soaking in water to become pliable. Thin varieties, like Vermicelli, need only be soaked in cold or hot tap water, and go very well with light ingredients and flavors. Thicker varieties need a bit more cooking but generally not more than 5-10 minutes, and are typically used with heavier ingredients and flavors.