As I was reading one of my new (1970’s era) books I kept seeing the same term used: Alimentary Paste.
I was totally stumped. What was that? And then I realized it was ramen noodles that the authoress referred to. It was back in the days when the gov’t did not allow them to be called noodles, as they did not contain egg.
How times have changed indeed – noodles with egg have become the minority!
PS: Also check out this page for a great cheat sheet on Asian noodles!