Noodles have a long and important history with Asia and as a staple food in many parts of the world for at least 2000 years. The earliest recorded example being an incredible 4,000 year old bowl of noodles unearthed in China.
Noodles come from a variety of origins, but wherever they have found a home, noodles have maintained their popularity over centuries due to their nature of being relatively cheap to produce, nutritious and filling, quick to prepare either hot or cold and their ability to be easily transported and stored for up to years at a time.
Noodles are more commonly made from wheat flour but can also be created from rice flour or mung bean starch. The dough for wheat flour based noodles is typically wheat flour, salt, water, with the addition of eggs or lye depending on the desired texture and taste of the noodles.
People from all walks of life love eating noodles due to it's nature as a nutritious and balanced meal. To the Chinese, noodles symbolize longevity and can be used in festivals and given to mothers or elderly people as gifts on their birthday.