Oodles of noodles stretch Chinese record
BEIJING, China -- A noodle chef in northern China has broken his own world record, making 2,852 kilometers of noodles from just one kilogram of dough, Chinese state media has reported.
According to the state-run Xinhua news agency, Li Tao performed the record-breaking feat in a hotel in Handan city in north China's Hebei Province.
If laid end-to-end, the 2,097,152 noodles would stretch from Beijing to the Philippine capital, Manila -- with a few left over to go in some soup.
Each noodle was "as fine as silk thread" Xinhua reported, thin enough for 18 of them to pass simultaneously through the eye of a single needle.
The noodles were hand-stretched from the dough using a noodling technique Li learned from his father, himself a renowned "noodle master".
Li, who hails from Jiangsu Province on the coast of eastern China, practiced for five years before making the record attempt.
He first set the record in 2000, Xinhua reported, and he plans to break the record again in 2008 to mark Beijing's hosting of the summer Olympic Games.
Hand-stretching noodles is an ancient tradition in China, although today many restaurants use machines to extrude noodles or use factory made instant noodles.
Noodles are an important part of Chinese celebratory feasts, especially birthdays, with many people believing long noodles symbolize longevity.
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