Chinese noodles: Long Island picks

Hakka noodles as served at Masala Wok &

Hakka noodles as served at Masala Wok & Grill in Selden. The restaurant's "Hakka" menu combines Indian and Asian cuisines. (June 18, 2011) (Credit: Steve Pfost)

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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.

MASALA WOK & GRILL
1228 Middle Country Rd., Selden
631-320-3255, masalawokandgrill.com

Hakka noodles with vegetables, a smoky, savory sibling of lo mein, is from the nomadic Hakka Chinese people.

WONG'S NOODLE HOUSE
98 Mineola Blvd., Mineola
516-747-4547

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.

YAO'S DINER
503 Middle Country Rd., Centereach
631-588-2218

The fiery-hot Sichuan and Hunan dishes at this authentic Chinese eatery demand a counterpoint. For that, there's the mellow beef lo mein.

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