Until recently, the FDA required a noodle to contain flour, water and eggs to be rightly called a noodle.
Since most Asian noodles aren’t made with eggs, this left them with alternatives like “imitation noodles”.
Asian noodle producers (from the birthplace of the noodle no less) could not use the n-word. The government finally relented, and we can now see “Asian noodles” on packages.
So, if farfalle (bow-tie pasta) contains eggs, it is rightfully a noodle but ramen that does not have egg in it is not entitled to the n-word.
A noodle, to me, is anything elongated, extruded from dough and cooked in boiling water.
Next to rice, noodles are our staple and we do have an inexhaustive list of noodle types and styles in which they are cooked.
1. Traditionally, the Chinese serve noodles for a birthday celebration. These customary noodles are usually long, yellow coloured noodles made from wheat flour. They symbolize long life in the years to come and should not be cut while cooking or eating them.
Lum Meen or Birthday Noodles
2. How long would all the noodles in one packet stretch?
51 metres! Yes, that’s more then two times the length of a tennis court.
Ramen - A Japanese noodle dish that originated in China
3. The Chinese are on record as having eaten pasta as early as 5,000 B.C.
Wonton Noodles (Malaysian style)
Wonton Noodles (Hong Kong style)
4.The word Noodle derives from the German Nudel (noodle) and may be related to the Latin word nodus (knot).
5. Spätzle is a Swabian type of noodle made of wheat and eggs. Swabia is both a historic and linguistic region in Germany.
6. Tészta refers to various types of Hungarian noodles.
7. Erişte is a flat, yellow or reddish brown Turkish wheat noodle.
8. Laksa - A spicy noodle dish native to Malaysia and Singapore. Basically, there are 2 types - Assam Laksa and Curry Laksa.
Assam Laksa - Thick rice noodles in a sour fish broth
Curry Laksa - Yellow noodles in a coconut milk curry
9.Idiyappam - String hoppers made from rice noodles curled into flat spirals - a culinary specialty in Kerala and Tamilnadu.
10. Pancit is the term for noodles in Filipino cuisine
11. Tagliatelle - Legend has it that tagliatelle was created by a talented court chef, who was inspired by Lucrezia d'Este's hairdo on the occasion of her marriage to Annibale II Bentivoglio, in 1487.
Here's a recipe to share
Stir Fried Spaghetti Malaysian Style
* 1 (8 ounce) package spaghetti
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1/2 onion, chopped
* 1 egg (optional)
* 3 1/2 ounces ground pork
* salt and pepper to taste
* white sugar to taste
* 1/2 tablespoon chili sauce
* 1 tablespoon soy sauce
* 1 tablespoon tomato puree
* 1/2 red bell pepper, julienned
1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
2. In a saucepan over medium heat, saute the onion in the oil until the onion is a bit brownish. Stir in the egg. Add the ground pork and stir-fry 2 to 3 minutes.
3. Mix in the cooked pasta, salt, sugar, pepper, chile sauce, soy sauce and tomato puree. Stir-fry for 3 to 5 minutes. Add red pepper and stir-fry for another 2 minutes; pour in a bit of water if it is too dry.