The way we eat noodles is perhaps a little regimented. We need to expand our food habits. This is how the world eats noodles.You’re an adult now. It’s about time you attempted to expand your noodle knowledge beyond the world of instant noodles. Luckily, you have foodie friends in us and we’ve collected eight super fun noodle facts for you to take forth and impress your less informed pals. This is how the rest of the world eats noodles.
you can eat pink noodles in thailand
No, the image above is not photoshopped. Called ‘Yen ta fo‘, this popular noodle dish gets its pink colour from a fermented soybean paste that’s added to the broth to give a sweet, fluorescent taste to the soup.
in korea, they put ice in your noods
Popular in beating the heat during the humidity of summer, naeng myun comes served with an iced broth along with cooling toppings like cucumber and pickled radish.
they are a symbol of longevity in china
Because of this, uncut noodles are served on birthdays (sometimes instead of cake) and Chinese new year as a wish for a longer life. The longer your noodles, the longer your life!
in japan, curry ramen is a thing
Imagine a hot, delicious bowl of ramen. Now, instead of a normal pork or vegetable broth soup, switch that with a thick Japanese curry and you’ve got yourself a great bowl of curry ramen. Super delicious and definitely very filling.
pho is actually pronounced “fuh” rather than “foh”
The name is thought to have derived from “pot au feu”, a French soup, due to the huge influence of French culture in Vietnam during the colonization in the mid-1880s.
pork blood curd is a very common topping
Mmm, pork blood curd. Whether you’re eating in Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong or beyond, you may find that a maroon-coloured, jelly-like cube often comes in your noodles. Yeah, it’s pork blood. Bypass how gross that is and give it a taste (if you eat meat). It’s tasty af.
they are served for dessert in thailand
Called ‘Salim’, this dessert is made of multicoloured (most often pink, green and white), thin noodles that come served in an iced, sweet, coconut milk syrup. A perfect noodle sweet treat after a main (probably also noodles).
people eat uncooked instant noods
We live, after all, in the age of lazy. Instant noodles served the way the packet suggests is old news. But have you ever eaten them raw? In some parts of Asia, it’s a common, crunchy snack. Sprinkle on the MSG… God love 2017.