Celebrate Noodles with Your Favorite Restaurants!

At the beginning of this month, on October 6th, we celebrated National Noodle Day! Don’t worry if you missed it, all of October is National Pasta Month, and noodles definitely fall under that umbrella. In Asian cuisine, noodles play an important role both culturally and as the base of many dishes. Although nearly all Asian cultures include noodles in their cuisine, most historians believe that they originated in China. This ancient food is still a staple of Asian restaurants everywhere, including at San Francisco Kitchen!


In this article, we’re going to explore the history and significance of noodles in Chinese cuisine.


Let’s start with the history.

As we mentioned, the Chinese were most likely the first people to make noodles. The first recorded evidence of noodles we have dates back to the Han Dynasty, which lasted from 206 BC to 220 AD. However, noodles may be much older than that. Archaeologists have found evidence of a bowl of noodles in northern China from 4,000 years ago!

Noodles spread from China to other parts of the world via the Silk Road. This ancient trade route brought noodles and other foods to various regions of the East and West, contributing to the regional differences we still see in noodles today. In the north of China, wheat-based and knife-cut noodles are common, while rice noodles are more prevalent in the south.


An Essential Part of Chinese Culture

Speaking of regional differences, the various noodle-making techniques practiced throughout China are considered art forms as well as culinary skills. Hand-pulling and hand-cutting are two of the most common techniques. Skilled noodle chefs will often demonstrate their craft in front of their diners, adding an element of entertainment to the experience. But making noodles by hand isn’t just a party trick, it’s an integral part of Chinese culinary tradition. People from all social classes enjoy noodles, and they are served everywhere, from market stalls to upscale restaurants.

Noodles also have important symbolism in Chinese culture. They represent longevity; the long strands symbolize a wish for a long and prosperous life. Noodles are often part of celebrations, especially New Year’s and birthdays.


Celebrate noodles at your favorite Asian restaurants!

At San Francisco Kitchen, we bring the culinary traditions of multiple Asian cultures together. Chinese food is an essential part of our menu, and we’re happy to serve many noodle-based dishes to our customers. Stop in and enjoy your favorite!


Visit us at 133 Main Street in Nashua for lunch or dinner!