Chinese take away the credit for inventing noodles
Thursday 13 October 2005
The Chinese invented paper, gunpowder, silk and porcelain and now are being credited with the invention of noodles.
Scientists have found the remnants of a 4,000-year-old bowl of the stretched-dough culinary staple at an archaeological site on the banks of the Yellow River in north-western China.
Noodles have been eaten in many parts of the world for at least 2,000 years, but who invented them first - the Chinese, the Arabs or the Italians - was, until this find, a matter of debate.
The research team, led by Houyuan Lu of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, found the noodles in a sealed earthenware bowl at the site of the ancient settlement of Lajia.
Analysis of the seed husks and starch grains in the noodles showed they were made from ground millet rather than the flour of barley and wheat used in many modern-day noodles.
A large earthquake probably caused the sudden destruction of the settlement at Lajia. "The bowl was found upside-down and embedded in brownish-yellow, fine clay. The remains of the noodles were inside, " the scientists say in the journal Nature.
The noodles were thin, delicate and up to 50 cm (20in) long. They resemble the present-day Chinese noodle "La-Mian", traditionally made by repeatedly stretching dough by hand.
- 1 Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
- 2 What supermodels really think about posing in the nude
- 3 North Korean defector flees to Finland 'with evidence of chemical testing on humans'
- 4 Black teen in critical condition after store employee 'shoots him for stealing 79-cent pack of cookies'
- 5 Swedish minister gives strongest case yet on why EU should stop turning away asylum seekers
Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
Greece debt crisis explainer: A history of just how the country landed itself in such a mess
North Korean defector flees to Finland 'with evidence of chemical testing on humans'
Swedish minister gives strongest case yet on why EU should stop turning away asylum seekers
Isis schoolgirl Amira Abase who fled London to join terrorists in Syria mocks victims of Tunisia massacre
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
£7 - £10 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This care provider is looking for Home ...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the UK's leading web des...
£27000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A growing, successful, friendly...
£16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This family owned, independent ...