This is a quick and easy side dish with a Chinese flair. I love glass noodles, also known as cellophane noodles, transparent noodles, or bean-thread noodles. They are made with mung bean starch, and are purchased as a stiff twiggy bundle. The bundles vary in size; this recipe calls for the smallest bundles available. When cooked they turn clear and slippery and soak up flavours most beautifully.