Saturday, June 11, 2016

Terminology of noodle

The term noodles is used very broadly to discribe mostly as a thin strip of pasta, usually cut or extruded from some kind of dough. It is the basic unit in dishes like spaghetti, linguine, soba, and udon.

The Oxford English Dictionary regards noodle as ‘a strip or ball of dough made with wheat flour and egg’. The American dictionaries tend to defined ‘noodle’ as a filamentous (or ribbon-shaped) pasta.

The word noodle derives from Latin nodus (knot), via German Nudel (noodle, pasta). The Chinese, Arab and Italian people all claimed that they were the first ones to invent, though the first written account of noodles is from the East Han Dynasty between 25 and 220 CE.

However, the discovery of a pot of well-preserved 4000 year old noodles unearthed in 2005 by Chinese archeologists in the Lajia archeological site in northwestern China may have finally settled the dispute. These easily recognizable noodles are more than 2000 years older than the earliest mention of noodles.

The 4,000-year-old noodles appear to have been made from foxtail millet and broomcorn millet.

Even the terms ‘noodles; and ‘pasta’ are often used interchangeably, they are technically different, The common wheat-based ‘Asian or oriental noodles’ differ from the Western style pasta that uses durum wheat flour as the main structural ingredient.
Terminology of noodle

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