in Sapporo, the capital of Japan’s northernmost island of
Hokkaido, Chinese-style noodles were first discovered.
Today, Asian noodles are considered a staple in both
Japan and China. In
Singapore, what Americans know as “Ramen” noodles is
actually called Maggi Mee.
many of the companies found in the United States actually
cloned Asian noodles in the form of Top Ramen, Campbell’s,
Lipton’s, and other like products.
In fact, Asian noodles in this form have become so
popular that this is actually a billion dollar business –
country creates their noodles a little differently, in
China, you would find them in Szechwan style while in Japan
you would expect to eat noodles flavored with seafood along
with mild spices.
to the 13th Century, Marco Polo was the person
responsible for bringing noodles to China from Italy as a
way of enhancing pasta.
What you will find with Asian noodles is that once
again, the East meets the West as many of the traditional
ingredients are being used in noodle dishes.
very important in Chinese culture especially, symbolizing
longevity. By eating the noodles, it was believed that a life long would
be achieved. Additionally,
it is still common for noodles to be served at birthday
parties instead of a birthday cake.
you will find two primary types of noodles – Udon and
Soba. The Udon
noodles are very common in the western portions of Japan
while Soba is found more in the eastern portion.
The Udon noodles are made from soba, which comes from
a grain from a plant easy to harvest, and wheat flour.
Once the noodles are cooked, different toppings are
added and the noodles are then served hot.
However, if you like, you can eat this type of soup
train stations and many other restaurants in Japan and China
are so popular for the noodles they serve, you will usually
find that you have to wait to find a seat.
Additionally, people will become very antsy if you do
not scarf the hot noodles down quickly so that they too can
get in to get a bowl. Therefore,
when visiting Japan and China, try to find a quieter
restaurant where you can truly enjoy an authentic Asian
if you are eating noodles while in Japan, you should always
slurp. Rather than being considered offensive, this act is actually
customary and considered a compliment.
You will quickly discover that the noodles in Japan
are delicious, whether there in the winter or summer.