All you need to know about National Noodle Day

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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.

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  • 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.

Featured Image via RODNAE Productions (left, center), Ryutaro Tsukata (right)

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