Back in 2005, archaeologists in northwestern China came upon a remarkably preserved earthenware bowl filled with noodles; they were about 4,000 years old.
This much we know: Chinese noodles have withstood the test of time.
In these parts, popular noodles include lo mein, thin wheat flour egg noodles and chow fun, wide flat rice noodles.
Here are three spots to find Chinese noodle dishes.
Hakka noodles with vegetables, a smoky, savory sibling of lo mein, is from the nomadic Hakka Chinese people.
A top pick at this friendly spot is fresh spinach noodles with shrimp and vegetables. Beef chow fun and pork lo mein work well, too.
503 Middle Country Rd., Centereach
The fiery-hot Sichuan and Hunan dishes at this authentic Chinese eatery demand a counterpoint. For that, there's the mellow beef lo mein.