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Use your noodle!

2013-10-18 18:50:25|Food

There aren't many foods more iconically Asian than noodles. They come in all shapes and sizes, many regions have their own special version, and as an ingredient they are incredibly flexible (not just in the literal sense!). On the one hand, noodles can be an effortless fall-back, making a satisfying mid-week supper in minutes. On the other hand, they can also be one of the most challenging Chinese foods to prepare; in China there are chefs who train for years to work in the top kitchens pulling noodles by hand! I want to draw attention to this humble ingredient and celebrate it. It's so familiar to most of us and yet I bet you didn't know... - In Japan, it is polite to slurp your noodles as loudly as possible! This is supposed to show your host how much you are enjoying them... A simple "thank you" is usually enough for me!   - Noodles are associated with longevity in China, and they are often served uncut to symbolise a long life. For this reason they are also a traditional birthday food - equivalent to westerners' birthday cakes! - Archaeologists recently unearthed the world’s oldest noodle in China. It was about 4,000 years old! Might be a bit past its sell-by date then... - In America there is a law that all noodles must contain at least 5.5% egg solids. Any less than this and you aren't allowed to call it a noodle!   - The record for longest handmade noodles was last set in China in 2011. The monster noodle was over a mile in length (1704m to be exact) and thousands of locals pitched in to make it. I wonder if they all got to taste a bite afterwards?! And if all this noodle talk is making your stomach rumble, my last fun fact is this: my Fiery Singapore Noodles are the perfect remedy for a noodle craving! Don't believe me? Try them for yourself and see... x

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