I read somewhere that 'ramen' comes from 'la mian'. Is this true?
I think the best answer is "probably". Most linguists say so, but a few have it going in the other direction, despite archaeological evidence suggesting China had noodles earlier.
The Oxford English Dictionary goes with it being "Jap., prob. f. Chinese lā pull, stretch, lengthen + miàn noodle."
The dishes have, of course, evolved into separate entities.
Edited by liuzhou, 10 December 2013 - 03:10 AM.