Who created the first noodle?

The Chinese, Arabs and Italians have all laid claim but the earliest record appears in a book written between AD 25 and 220 in China.

Noodles have been a staple food in many parts of the world for at least 2000 years, but in 2005 the oldest noodles ever found, were discovered inside an overturned sealed bowl buried under three metres of sediment in Qinghai, northwest China. Scientists determined the 4,000 year old, long, thin yellow noodles were made from broomcorn millet and foxtail millet and show a fairly high level of food processing and culinary sophistication.

A noodle includes all varieties from all origins, but wherever they originated, noodles have maintained their popularity over the centuries and owe their longevity to a combination of being relatively cheap yet nutritious and filling, quick to prepare, can be eaten hot or cold, can be stored for years and can be transported easily.

The Traditional Japanese diet included huge amounts of rice. Even today A small bowl of rice is served with almost every meal, including breakfast. Originally from China, noodles have become an essential part of Japanese cuisine, usually as an  alternative to a rice-based meal. Soba, thin brown noodles made from buckwheat, and udon, thick wheat noodles, are the traditional noodles, served hot or cold with soy-dashi flavourings. Another popular Chinese wheat noodle, Ramen, is served hot in a meat stock broth


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