No. That’s not a typo. This is an aside about noodles and 1949.
Yesterday evening Mr. Big Food an I were talking about the Fried Noodle Rings and Chow Mein recipes. We got to wondering just what, in 1949, were considered “fine dry noodles.” Those pictured look very fine.
After some research, I bet they were these:
I searched K-roger because both Proctor & Gamble (publishers of the crappy old Crisco cookbook) and Kroger have forever been headquartered in Cincinnati (Kroger est. 1883; P&G, 1837; Manischewitz was established elsewhere in 1888). If the Home Economists in the Crisco Kitchen in Cincinnati needed fine dry noodles, surely they would have sent a boy down to Kroger to pick some up.
So that question is answered but leads to another. What if your town or village had no Kroger or other grocery with a wide variety of noodles, and you wanted to make Fried Noodles and Chow Mein in 1949?
We take so much for granted. If I need fine dry noodles, I need only walk to the pantry to find a package of ‘Canton Style Egg Noodle’ from Canton Noodle Factory (H.K.). It must have come from The Asian Market in Starkvegas. Yes. S’ville has a full-on Asian grocery store. Truly amazing. There was no Asian grocery in Starkvegas in 1949.
No Asian market near you today? ______ . com
We take so much for granted.