October 6th

National Noodle Day -

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Celebrated annually on the 6th of October, National Noodle Day is a day dedicated to one of the most loved and versatile food items found in cuisines worldwide - noodles. With their numerous types, shapes, sizes, and myriad ways of being prepared, noodles have found a special place in the hearts of food lovers everywhere.

National Noodle Day gives us an opportunity to indulge and honour our favourite noodle-based dishes. Be it spaghetti from Italy, Japan’s ramen, lo mein from China, or phở from Vietnam, this day is a perfect tribute to everyone’s favourite kind of pasta.

History of National Noodle Day

Noodles, a staple food in many cultures, has an intricate history spanning thousands of years. The earliest mention of noodles can be traced back to an East Asian region around 2000 BC. In China, during the early Han Dynasty in the 1st or 2nd century AD, dough was made from wheat, simply mixed with water to form a paste, then molded into the shape of rudimentary pasta that we could consider as the earliest form of noodles.

In the 13th century, Marco Polo supposedly introduced noodles to Italy from his travels to China, but that’s a myth. Pasta was already consumed in Italy by then, although it had a different form and method of preparation than today. By the Renaissance period, dried pasta became popular since it could be stored for long.

The 15th century saw the opening of pasta factories in Italy, leading to large scale production. Pasta was mixed with local ingredients to create dishes such as lasagna, spaghetti, and ravioli. A century later, pasta made its way to America through the exploration travels and was later popularized by the mass migration of Italians in the 19th century.

Japanese traditional noodles, like Udon, Soba, and Ramen, also have deep history, and most of them were introduced from China and adapted to its own culture, which have become now what’s uniquely theirs.

In modern times, noodles come in an array of varieties, thanks to global exploration and blending of cultures. From instant noodles to traditional Italian pasta, the humble noodle has definitely come a long way in its journey through history.

National Noodle Day Timeline

Origin of Noodles

It is believed that noodles were first made in central Asia, although the original method of producing them is unknown.

Early Reference to Noodles

The oldest written record of noodles is from a book dated to the Eastern Han period in China.

Noodles in Japan

Noodles are introduced to Japan from China during the Heian period.

Instant Noodles Invention

Momofuku Ando markets the first package of precooked instant noodles under his brand Nissin Foods.

Recognition As Staple Food

Noodles were voted as Japan’s greatest invention of the 20th century in a poll conducted by the Fuji Research Institute.

Cup Noodles Museum Opening

The CupNoodles Museum is opened in Japan to honor the invention and evolution of instant noodles.

National Noodle Day

National Noodle Day is celebrated across the United States on October 6th, commemorating the significance of noodles in various cuisines.

Ideas to Celebrate National Noodle Day

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Noodle Cook-off

Plan an engaging event where attendees can bring dishes made of noodles from scratch. The program can include tasting sessions and a voting process to select the best dish.

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Try a New Recipe

Exploring unknown culinary territories, create a noodle meal you've never cooked before. Opt for an exciting dish from a foreign culture, or experiment with a unique fusion recipe.

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Noodle Restaurant Hop

Invest a day in exploring local noodle restaurants. Relish the diversity of noodle dishes originating from distinct cuisines.

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Noodle Challenge

Construct an entertaining noodle-themed game. It can be anything from forking maximum noodles in a minute or recognizing a noodle variant while blindfolded.

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Online Cooking Class

In the era of digitalization, mark the day by orchestrating a virtual cooking class. It can be a mutual learning experience where you and your mates can learn new noodle recipes.

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International Noodle Feast

Bring the world to your plate. Prepare a spread of multiple dishes showcasing noodles from different corners of the world.

6 Interesting Facts About Noodles

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Origin of Noodles

Despite the common misconception that Italy is the birthplace of noodles, it was actually China that first introduced them. We can validate this fact through archeological excavations in China where a 4000-year old bowl of noodles was discovered.

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World's Longest Noodle

The title for the longest noodle in the world goes to Xiangnian Food Co. in China. In 2017, they created a noodle that astonishingly crossed the 3,084-meter mark, a record acknowledged by Guinness World Records.

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Inspiration for Thomas Jefferson

The first macaroni machine in America is attributed to Thomas Jefferson. After a stint in Paris, the third President of the United States brought back the macaroni machine. He had developed a taste for 'macaroni', a term referring to wheat pasta.

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Variety of Noodles

Noodles display a versatility in their shapes and sizes. They can come designed as waves, tubes, strings, shells, and even as spiraling forms.

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Chopstick Skills

In Chinese dining customs, it's traditionally respected to eat noodles without splintering them. This is because noodles symbolize a prosperous and long life.

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Cup Noodles Museum

In Yokohama, Japan, you'll find a museum dedicated exclusively to instant noodles and cup noodles. This museum also commemorates Momofuku Ando, the originator of these food items.

National Noodle Day FAQs

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National Noodle Day Word Search

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