The Chinese invented noodles

13 Oct
I was doing some homework this morning for the French course I have tonight.  One of my tasks is to read the news (in French) and report on an article relating to health.  I chose to talk about a report released by the United Nations that says world poverty could be greatly reduced by improving women’s health during pregnancy, but during my reading, another less serious article caught my eye.
 
"La plus vieille nouille était chinoise": translation, "The oldest noodle was Chinese". 
 
Apparently, Chinese archeologists have found the remains of a meal that includes noodles in a bowl that is over 4000 years old.  The archeological site is a place that was inhabited in prehistoric times before being destroyed by either an earthquake or a flood (hence the unfinished meal).  The noodles are made of boiled millet, rather than the refined flour we are accustomed to today.  (Isn’t it amazing how they can tell, when the things must be pretty much petrified?!)
 
According to the article, the discovery closes the debate on whether the Chinese, Italians, or Arabs invented noodles.  However, I would think that since the discovery was made by Chinese archeologists — hardly unbiased — the Italians and Arabs might still have a thing or two to say about it.  Now, I wonder if they’ll ever discover who invented the pizza!
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2 Responses to “The Chinese invented noodles”

  1. Meandering October 13, 2005 at 11:09 am #

    I was under the impression that Marco Polo brought noodles to Italy from China – or perhaps that is just a myth…I was also under the impression that the Romans invented pizza.Now what I really want to know is, who was the first person to eat a lobster?

  2. Norris October 14, 2005 at 9:00 am #

    That\’s funny. I read the same article but it was in the local English newspaper (Shanghai Daily). I wonder if it showed up in the Italian papers…

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