Where would college students be without the low-cost, high-sodium food product that are instant noodles? So many nights, broke as hell yet hungry……but wait! There’s Ramen noodles in the pantry, or, if you feel like splurging, a whole Cup O’ Noodles! As evidence that MSG, trans-fat, refined flour, and salt galore can’t be all bad (er……), Momofuku Ando kicked the bucket at the ripe old age of 96.
Born in Taiwan, Ando founded his company in 1948 from a humble family operation. Faced with food shortages in post-World War II Japan, Ando thought a quality, convenient noodle product would help feed the masses.
In 1958, his “Chicken Ramen” — the first instant noodle — was introduced after many trials. Following its success, the company added other products, such as the “Cup Noodle” in 1971.
“The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum” opened in 1999 in Ikeda City in western Japan commemorating his inventions.
Ando gave a speech at the company’s New Year ceremony and enjoyed Chicken Ramen for lunch with Nissin employees on Thursday before falling ill, Japan’s largest daily Yomiuri reported.
The Japanese have the right idea here. They have a museum to Ramen noodles while we have a museum to creationism. Meh. Sadly, the great unanswered question as to why ‘Ramen’ noodles are called ‘Ramen’ is left a mystery. I was kinda hoping it was a guy named Raymond or something. Do any of you know?
Speaking of Cup O’ Noodles, for anyone that missed perhaps the best SNL skit of 2006, here it is. Yes, It features Ramen prominently.
And to Mr. Ando? “Soup, there it is.”