Friday, September 24, 2010

History of Noodles II

History of Noodles II
The art of noodlemaking developed further in the Tang dynasty (618-907) AD) when the noodles were first cut into long strips.

The age-old custom od eating noodles to signify long life is believed to have originated in this era.
During the period of the Song Dynasty (960-1179 AD) the variety of different styles of noodles gradually increased local tastes were developed and a great variety of popular noodles dishes inclusion of meat and vegetables came into being.

The technique of making dried noodles was learned in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368 AD) and in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD) noodles were given the name of mian, and since then have continued until the present.

With increased travel and trade and widespread Chinese migration and emigration, noodles were taken across the country and gradually gained popularity in other countries.

Noodles spread from China to Korea, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Burma and Vietnam with the many Chinese traders, seafarers and emigrants who moved into these areas.

The similarities of some of the generic words for noodles (mian, mein or mi – China. men – Japan, mie (Indonesia, and mee – Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore), support this common origin.

In Japan. Udon noodle were created in the 15th century and most of the types of noodles today were available by the 16th century.
History of Noodles II