Noodles have played a significant part in Asian lives for thousands of years, but only recently did it manage to get its own holiday.
A noteworthy holiday: National Noodle Day, which occurs on Oct. 6, celebrates noodles in all their various shapes and forms.
- According to National Today, noodles were created over 4,000 years ago.
- In addition to the traditional types that exist, such as rice and pasta noodles, we also now have noodles made of zucchini, black beans, quinoa and kelp.
- They can also be found in stores worldwide as round, twisted, flat and tubular, among other forms.
Food origins: The “oldest historical mention of noodles” may be in a Chinese dictionary from the third century A.D., The Atlantic reported.
- The first versions of noodles looked very different from what we are used to today — back then, they were small bits made of bread dough and boiled in woks.
- These noodles — which are called mian pan and continue to be eaten in China to this day — were most likely created by home cooks.
- China eventually became the birthplace of several noodle types, from lo mein to la mien.
A worldwide phenomenon: Noodles have come a long way, and you can find them around the globe nowadays, especially in different kinds of Asian meals.
- According to TasteAtlas, Japan’s ramen is the most popular noodle dish in the world.
- Vietnam’s pho and Thailand’s pad thai are in second and third place, respectively.
- These dishes are followed by Japan’s yakisoba and China’s chow mein.
How to celebrate: No matter whether you’re at home or out and about, you can find a simple way to appreciate this household staple to many Asian families.
- As National Today suggests, you can go out and order a noodle dish at a restaurant from a Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai or Filipino restaurant, among others.
- You can also try making noodles from scratch or try taking a noodle-making class.
- If all else fails, boil some water and indulge in some instant noodles. Or better yet, upgrade an instant ramen meal with hacks you never knew you needed.