A (Very) Short History of Noodles

Noodles are a staple food in many countries and cultures around, and are the number one choice for many people buying takeaway food. Where do noodles come from, however, and how long have people been eating them.

This is not an easy question to answer as there are multiple countries that claim they brought the world noodles. Most experts, however, have settled on China after archaeologists found a bowl of what appeared to be preserved noodles. They dated this to about 4,000 years ago.

Written evidence of noodles in China has also been found dating back 2,000-2,500 years ago.

Japan and other countries in Asia where noodles are very popular didn’t get the dish until hundreds of years later – in the case of Japan, it is thought to be the 9th century. Noodles are thought to have become popular in Persia around the 13th century.

While it’s hard to pinpoint the origin exactly, it remains a fact that noodles are one of the most loved dishes in the world today.

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