Internet-Famous "Flying Noodles" Make Their American Debut

© Underground Société
(With a small makeover.)

Cue the "flying spaghetti monster" jokes: Flying noodles are on their way to the U.S.

(Of the non-monstrous variety.)

For the uninitiated, the flying noodle trend has been popular for a while now. The appeal is easy enough to understand: Noodles, suspended from "floating" chopsticks that are actually held up by a small pole (c'mon, you would've figured it out eventually), really do look like they're floating in mid-air. After Singapore's Hana Restaurant succeeded in making the dish Internet-famous, people began lining up for hours just to get a taste. It wasn't long before dozens of vendors popped up across Asia. 

Now, Neptunes Raw Bar in Artesia, California has found the magical dish a home in the States. As of March 22, three kinds of "flying noodle" dishes grace the pages of their menu, available for $16.99 each: garlic shrimp, deep-fried soft shell crab, and chicken katsu. Except, in this version, it's not soba noodles that are floating; it's Neptunes' garlic noodles. Just as with its noodly brethren across the pond, though, you're not supposed to use the suspended chopsticks to eat the noodles. In California, forks are provided; in Asia, you use a different set of chopsticks.

Meanwhile, there's another noodle-based dish that's been making waves on the web, though this one's not an import; it's an American original. The spaghetti doughnut, which will make its debut at Smorgasburg this weekend, is an upgrade (or downgrade, depending on how you look at it) on the now-classic  “spaghetti pie." The only difference is that this one's easily portable and, of course, it looks like a doughnut.

Between #PastaDoughnut and flying noodles, we're pretty sure there's going to be a lot to gawk at on Instagram over the next few months. At least it's all delicious. 

DownComment IconEmail IconFacebook IconGoogle Plus IconGrid IconInstagram IconLinkedin IconList IconMenu IconMinus IconPinterest IconPlus IconRss IconSave IconSearch IconShare IconShopping Cart IconSpeech BubbleSnapchat IconTumblr IconTwitter IconWhatsapp IconYoutube Icon