Making Hand-Pulled Noodles in China: Cooking & Baking Posted December 12, 2013 I read somewhere that 'ramen' comes from 'la mian'. Is this true?They certainly share the exact same characters (at least when written in Kanji - which I admit is not as common as in Katakana). The different versions of chinese la mian are all alcaline as far as I can tell and so are the Japanese ramen. I've never seen anyone hand stretch noodles in a ramen shop though.Thanks to eveyone here, I'm getting inspired to try my luck at stretching noodles again. My best past attemps did not produce better than udon-like noodles.