National Noodle Day: Top Facts and How to Get Free Noodles

Today, October 6, is National Noodle Day, celebrating all kinds of noodles from ramen to pasta.

How better to celebrate than with free noodles? Check out the best deals below to help you make the most of the occasion.

But first, how much do you really know about noodles? Check out our top facts about noodles below, from when they were first invented to how they got their name.

Top facts about noodles

  • Did you know? Noodles were invented in China, and according to National Geographic, a 4,000-year-old bowl of noodles has been discovered.
  • Though noodles have been a popular food staple for more than 2,000 years, according to National Geographic, it is unclear whether modern pasta was invented by the Chinese, Italians or Arabians.
  • According to the New Yorker, ramen noodles were brought to Japan by Chinese tradesmen in the nineteenth century, but they gained popularity in the 1970s.
  • According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word noodle comes from the German word "nudel" and its first known use was in 1779.
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A bowl of noodles. Getty

Top National Noodle Day Deals

Noodles & Company

Noodles & Company are offering Noodles Rewards members a tasty deal. Members can claim a free small bowl of noodles, Zoodles or Caulifloodles when they buy an entrée on National Noodle Day October 6.

The offer of a free small bowl is valid on a future visit from October 7-20, 2019, and is available at all Noodles restaurants nationwide. Noodles & Company have restaurants across 30 states, so check if there's a location near you. Find your local Noodles & Company restaurant at

Some of Noodles & Company's delicious dishes include the new cauliflower rigatone in light onion cream sauce, Wisconsin mac and cheese, spaghetti and meatballs, and spicy Korean beef noodles. No matter what you're into, there's sure to be a noodle dish right for you.

If you're not already, sign up to be a rewards member on the Noodles Rewards app, available in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Or, you can also sign up here.


Kizuki is giving away all four of its most popular ramens to a lucky winner—but you have to be quick. Kizuki is hosting the giveaway on their Instagram until 11.59 p.m. tonight (October 6). All you have to do is like their page, posts, and tag a friend in the comments. The winner will be revealed on October 7, and the prize is redeemable until October 31.

Kizuki Ramen aims to serve the most traditional, authentic and delicious Japanese ramen possible, without you actually having to fly to Japan. They have locations in Washington, Oregon, Indiana, and Illinois.

Mr. Lee's Noodles

Mr. Lee's Noodles are hosting a competition to win a selection box of noodles. All you have to do is follow Mr. Lee's Noodles on Twitter, and retweet their competition tweet. The contest ends at 6 p.m. on October 8.

Mr. Lee's Noodles make their noodles with no MSG or hydrogenated fat and they are certified low in sugar and gluten-free. Plus, they have vegan options too.