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Monday, 3 October 2016


The Chinese began grinding wheat into flour with a grindstone, instead of cooking it whole around 250 BC. They mixed the flour with water to make a dough, which they steamed and boiled. From the mixture they made noodles, which by the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) had become a staple food for the population.

Misua noodle Chinese noodle noodle-making Lukang Town, Taiwan Province

The earliest written record of noodles is found in a book dated to the Eastern Han period (25–220 AD.)

When the composer Giuseppe Verdi needed inspiration, he had a bowl of noodle soup.

On July 31, 1994, Simon Sang Sung of Singapore turned a single piece of dough into 8,192 noodles in a barely believable 59.29 seconds.

The world record for the longest noodle was broken in December 2017 after chefs from Chinese company Xiangnian Food Co. Ltd successfully cooked a single strip measuring a whopping 3,084 m (10,119 ft 1.92 in). Noodles are a symbol of longevity in China, so the Chinese company broke the record in light of their Seniors’ Day.

Instant noodles were invented by Momofuku Ando of Nissin Foods in Japan. They were launched in 1958 under the brand name Chikin Ramen.

Ando deliberately picked chicken as the staple of his noodle empire because there is not a single culture, religion or country that forbids the eating of chicken.

In 2005, Momofuku Ando invented Space Ramen, made to be eaten in a weightless environment.

There is a whole museum detailing the creative process of Momofuku Ando, the inventor of Chikin Ramen,

In the year 2000, Japanese citizens voted that instant noodles are the best national invention of the 20th century.

Today there are 95 billion servings of instant noodles eaten every year.

China consumes 42 billion packages of instant noodles per year – nearly half of the world's consumption at 44%.

Only around 300 people in the world know the 300-year-old traditional preparation of the Chinese Nanshan noodle.

There are 80,000 ramen shops throughout Japan.

Every year, Tokyo ramen chain Menya Musashi offers a special chocolate ramen during the first two weeks of February.

A new study for the American Sociological Association found that the most popular prison currency is no longer cigarettes, but ramen noodles.

It would cost you only about $140 a year if you ate ramen for every meal.

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