Debate rages over who first struck upon the idea of adding water to flour in a ratio of about a third to one, then fashioning the resulting mess into long skinny things that today we call noodles. Was it the Chinese? The Arabs maybe? Or the Italians, via Marco Polo, as many popularly believe? Compelling theories abound and no one knows for sure where the world's first noodle meal was born; recent scholarship suggests it was in Persia. But one thing is for sure.
Know your noodle: The ultimate guide to Asian noodles
Asian Peanut Noodles with Chicken, Lightened Up
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6 Asian Noodles to Try
Some nights you just really need a comforting, hearty bowl of pasta. A two-ounce serving of regular pasta is about calories, with 42 grams of carbohydrates, seven grams of protein , and just two grams of fiber , says Ashlee Wright , R. Even whole-wheat pasta still comes in at around calories, with 39 grams of carbohydrates, and a more impressive eight grams of protein and seven grams of fiber. These dietitian-approved noodles are versatile, nutritious, and less calorie-dense than your average spaghetti, so you can treat yourself without a shred of guilt. These noodles are thin, translucent, and gelatinous, and have a glossy, white appearance.