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 Rape threats, death threats and a police investigation after video poking fun at an Islamic Party in Malaysia goes viral
- 2 Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
- 3 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
- 4 6-year-old writes ice cold Valentine's card to his stepmother
- 5 Syrian child photographed 'surrendering to camera because she thought it was a gun'
Rape threats, death threats and a police investigation after video poking fun at an Islamic Party in Malaysia goes viral
Why Robin Williams safeguarded himself against a morbid trend in advertising
Ohio Democrat Teresa Fedor speaks out during abortion debate to reveal she has been raped – and is interrupted by laughter from Republicans
Jeremy Clarkson to become 'special adviser on transport' to David Cameron
Exploding head syndrome: One-fifth of US college students suffer from ailment, study finds
Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
Katie Hopkins reported to the police for race hatred by Labour MP Simon Danczuk after tweet about Pakistani men
£10000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This provider of staffing and r...
£19000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the four inns of Court is seeking...
£20000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the four inns of Court i...
£20000 - £24000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Graduate IT Support Helpdesk / 1st L...