PASTA VERSUS NOODLES 🍜
When we think about pasta, we immediately think about a dish which originated in Italy. It is engraved as Italian, but undoubtedly it has an interesting story behind it. History hints that pasta is a western reincarnation of an ancient Chinese noodle recipe. A widespread belief about the popular Italian dish is that it was introduced to Italy from China by Marco Polo during the 13th century. In his book, “The Travels of Marco Polo,” a brief passage mentions a plant from which flour was made. The Chinese used this plant to create something like a barley flour. The flour Marco refers to was then used to make a variety of pasta-like dishes including one described as “lagana” or lasagna. However, this claim was rejected by scholars as pasta was already very popular in the 13th century in Italy. But archaeologists did establish that noodles had existed in Asia thousands of years before the arrival of Marco Polo. It is plausible that the concept originated in Asia, then travelled west to Europe, but no one knows how or when it happened. Further evidence that pasta existed first in the east is because when the dough is dried, it lasts indefinitely making it the food of convenience for long distance travel. And once cooked by boiling, it's high starch content is nourishing and filling, which again helped merchants roaming the dry and arid desert terrain to stay satisfied for long periods of time. All in all, the one interesting fact about pasta and noodles is that they are both still made using the same ingredients and ancient techniques, invented since antiquity.