We can slurp up a bowl of noodles in a matter of moments, and they take just seconds to cook, but have you ever considered how noodles are made? Well don't worry SushiSushi reader, because we're about to teach you all about it!
Ok, let's start with some basic noodle facts - did you know the origin of the word 'noodle' is actually the German 'nudel'? The Japanese word for noodles is 麺 or 'men'. People have been eating noodles for thousands of years, and there was even a well-preserved bowl of noodles that is dated to be 4000 years old discovered once in an archaeological dig.
In ancient times (and today, when using traditional methods) noodles were made by repeatedly stretching out dough; a practice which takes mastery and many years to get right. Noodle masters will often on an apprentice to pass down their knowledge and skills. If you're very lucky you can still find small noodle eateries in Japan that make their noodles using the pulling method. Check out this video to see just how complicated it is!
Of course, nowadays noodle production has to be on a mass scale; noodles are a basic foodstuff on par with rice and bread, being extremely popular and eaten as an accompaniment or the main event in many dishes. People around the world have got the bug for ramen, so there are many factories that now produce noodles in a fraction of the time. Take a look at this fantastic video that shows how machinery has helped us meet modern noodle demands!
Of course, fresh noodles have a different taste to dried ramen, but each are equally versatile in their own way. Dried noodles and Ramen noodles are excellent for on the go food - use them in broths and soups and embellish them with fresh veggies or a tea-stained egg. Fresh noodles are great for the same purpose but they also lend themselves very well to being fried!
Did you know you can even make your own noodles at home? Here's a video showing exactly how to do it! Serve them with lots of delicious condiments from SushiSushi.
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