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National Noodle Day!

Today we celebrate noodles because it’s National Noodle Day.  Do you love noodles?  What type of noodle dish do you love?  This day is observed annually on October 6th.

Noodles are a type of food made from unleavened dough rolled flat and cut, or extruded, into long strips or strings. Noodles can be refrigerated for short-term storage or dried and stored for future use.

Noodles are usually cooked in boiling water, sometimes with cooking oil or salt added. They are also often pan-fried or deep-fried. Noodle dishes can include a sauce or noodles can be put into the soup. Noodles are a staple food in many cultures especially in China and some other Asian countries.

Noodles are sometimes classified depending on each country like in China, they have ‘lamian’, ‘biangbiang’ a flat noodle, ‘Kaomianjin’, a type of grilled noodles, and more. China has has the biggest list of noodles because is their main staple food.  In Japan they have Shirataki noodles, in Korea, they have the glass or cellophane noodles called ‘dangmyeon’.  In the Philippines, there are egg noodles use for a soup called ‘Mami’ or rice noodles used for ‘Pansit’, a famous noodles dish for Filipinos.

Nowadays, noodles are not just made of Semolina flour, some noodles are made of wheat flour and some noodles are made of vegetable, egg or rice flour.  You will find a new types of noodles in the market popularize by the health-conscious industry,  the so-called protein pack noodles which are made of pea, garbanzo bean, lentils, black beans which are popular to the vegan world and lately, Shirataki noodles are used by people who are trying to eliminate carb in their diet.  Shirataki are noodles made from Konjac plants.

So, today, if you love noodles, enjoy a bowl of Ramen noodles or go to your nearest Noodle house or Chinese restaurant to enjoy some Lo Mein noodles.  Share on social media how you celebrated this day by using #NoodleDay.

1979 The Yom Kippur War brings the United States and USSR to the brink of conflict

The surprise attack by Egyptian and Syrian forces on Israel in October 1973 throws the Middle East into turmoil and threatens to bring the United States and the Soviet Union into direct conflict for the first time since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Though actual combat did not break out between the two nations, the events surrounding the Yom Kippur War seriously damaged U.S.-Soviet relations and all but destroyed President Richard Nixon’s much-publicized policy of detente.

Initially, it appeared that Egypt and Syria would emerge victorious from the conflict. Armed with up-to-date Soviet weaponry, the two nations hoped to avenge their humiliating defeat in the Six-Day War of 1967.  Israel caught off guard, initially reeled under the two-front attack, but Israeli counterattacks turned the tide, aided by massive amounts of U.S. military assistance, as well as disorganization among the Syrian and Egyptian forces.

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