Being a big fan of Chinese Food (inserts plug for our favourite local restaurant), and living in a very ‘Italian’ area of Melbourne, I have followed with some interest the debate about who invented the noodle. The Italians insist that Marco Polo introduced it to China, the Chinese argue the reverse. Even the Arab countries in between get into the act, saying he picked it up on the way through. Well, wonder no more; according to this article from the BBC, some noodles have been uncovered in an archeological dig in China that are returning radio carbon dates of around 4,000 years ago.
I always suspected the Chinese had the edge 😉