Noodle Drying

Noodle Drying

Dazu in Sichuan Province is a little off the beaten track. It is close to the Baoding Buddhas.

In Europe we tend to think of pasta and noodles as an Italian invention, but actually it is in China that it is believed that noodles were originally developed. Rice, often thought as the staple of Chinese food, is prevalent in the warm south, further north the climatic conditions are ideal for wheat that is then made into pasta.

However, we wouldn't nowadays like the idea of drying the noodles outside in the open air along a road (a prey to flies as well as dust) and I think this is not a common sight to be seen anymore.

This archive photograph was taken by a SACU member in the early 1980s.

See also Worldest oldest pasta; All about Chinese noodles; History of pasta

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