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Who Invented Pasta?

deevah

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Proof of the pasta? Chinese scientists unearth 4,000-year-old noodle dish


Canadian Press


October 13, 2005

BEIJING (AP) - And you thought the leftovers in your fridge were old.

A 4,000-year-old bowl of noodles has been discovered at an archeological site in western China, possible proof for the argument that China invented pasta before Italy.

"These are definitely the earliest noodles ever found," said Lu Houyuan, a researcher with the Institute of Geology in Beijing who studied the ingredients of the pristinely preserved pasta.

The discovery of the delicate yellow noodles in Minhe County in China's western province of Qinghai is reported in this week's edition of Nature magazine.

"Chinese people say Marco Polo brought noodles from China back to Italy and Italians say they had noodles before that," Lu said. "All this has been based on documentary material, on personal accounts and menus. But we've been unable to find any actual material - until now."

The fist-size clump of noodles was found inside an overturned bowl under three metres of sediment from a flood that researchers suspect wiped out the Qijia Culture of the Late Neolithic era.

When researchers lifted up the bowl, they discovered the 50-centimetre-long noodles sitting atop an inverted cone of clay that had sealed the bowl, it said.

The noodles were made from a dough of two local varieties of millet - broomcorn and foxtail millet - rather than the more common wheat or rice. The dough was pulled into long strands before being boiled.

Rice noodles are popular in southern China while northerners rely heavily on wheat to make their noodles, dumplings and bread.

The area where the excavation site is located is now populated mainly by China's ethnic Muslim Hui minority. The region's poorer farmers reportedly still eat millet noodles, said contributing researcher Ye Maoling, though he has yet to try them for himself.

Lu and Ye say they plan to eventually try making millet noodles like those found at the Lajia archeological site themselves.
 

MoFo

TRIBE Member
I've posted this before. Here is what the Chinese invented and/or discovered:


The horse collar
The wheelbarrow
The moldboard plow
Paper money
Cast iron
The helicopter rotor and the propeller
The decimal system
The seismograph
Matches
Circulation of the blood
Paper
Brandy and Whiskey
The Kite
The rocket and multi-staged rockets
Bad haircuts
Blowing one's nose in public without a tissue
Stubbornness

Here is what white people invented:
Moo-gu guy pan
Fortune cookies
Banality
 

Galactic Phantom

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by MoFo
I've posted this before. Here is what the Chinese invented and/or discovered:


The horse collar
The wheelbarrow
The moldboard plow
Paper money
Cast iron
The helicopter rotor and the propeller
The decimal system
The seismograph
Matches
Circulation of the blood
Paper
Brandy and Whiskey
The Kite
The rocket and multi-staged rockets
Don't forget the finger puzzle!!
 

ila

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by MoFo
I've posted this before. Here is what the Chinese invented and/or discovered:

The horse collar
The wheelbarrow
The moldboard plow
Paper money
Cast iron
The helicopter rotor and the propeller
The decimal system
The seismograph
Matches
Circulation of the blood
Paper
Brandy and Whiskey
The Kite
The rocket and multi-staged rockets
Bad haircuts
Blowing one's nose in public without a tissue
Stubbornness
The Chinese people at my work also claim they invented/discovered tea, gun powder, pizza and the meat ball.
 
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