“I eat soup noodles for comfort. In fact, noodles of any kind. It’s a food that is very easy to eat; it’s very soothing and comfortable, too. If I could choose any, I’d say buckwheat was my favorite: it has a very good flavor and is healthy, too.”
~ Nobu Matsuhisa
The steam rising from a bowl of noodle soup is a thing of magic, with rich aromas and the promise of a deliciously warmed belly. In cultures all over the world, noodles have served as a foundation of comfort food, and Noodle Day celebrates this long history and the place they play in everyone’s life today.
History of Noodle Day
It’s a mainstay of the working class, the instant cup of noodles heated quickly in the microwave during a short lunch period. The bastion of the poor and college bound, pre-packaged Ramen noodles are often the foundation of our first culinary ventures, as we try to turn the only meal we can afford into something akin to food. But then consider the rich and flavorful bowl of mom’s chicken noodle soup, full of the rich flavors of chicken and carrots, and floating among them are the obligatory egg noodles, which somehow are just the thing to tie this delicious bowl of nutrition together.
Were you born in an Italian family? Chances are you’ve experienced every kind of noodle the mind can imagine and a few to boot, Rigatoni noodles, spaghetti noodles served with a rich red sauce exploding with flavor, or even Alfredo noodles coated in a thick heavy Alfredo sauce interspersed with bits of chicken. Noodles have been with mankind in nearly every culture out of history, and Noodle Day reminds us that this bastion of flavor and variety is still the best way to fill a hungry belly at the end of the day.
How to Celebrate Noodle Day
With a world of thousands of varieties of noodles, the best way to celebrate Noodle Day is by reaching beyond your comfort level and trying something new. If your culinary experience with noodles is limited to Instant Cup’o’Soup and Spaghetti, it’s time to try something new. Explore the rice or buckwheat noodles from your local Asian store, or discover exactly what a Manicotti noodle is and what its used for! You’ll find yourself marveling at the sheer variety of noodles and noodle dishes there are, enough to have a different dish every day for years!