College / Culture / January 6, 2007

Ramen Noodles Rest in Peace

It is a sad day around the world for those who had to endure dorm room meals of Ramen. Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant noodles, has passed away at age 96. According to USA Today:

Momofuku Ando, the Japanese inventor of instant noodles, has died, according to Nissin Food Products Co., the company he founded. He was 96.

Ando died of a heart attack on Friday, Nissin said in a statement posted Saturday on its corporate website.

Faced with food shortages in post World War II Japan, Ando developed the idea that a quality, convenient noodle product would help feed the masses. He founded Nissin in 1948.

In 1958, “Chicken Ramen,” the first instant noodle product, was introduced after many trials. Following its success, the company continued to add innovative products, including “Cup Noodle” in 1971.

“The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum” opened in 1999 in Ikeda City in western Japan commemorating his inventions.

Confession: I have never eaten Ramen and don’t plan to any time soon. You can hold it against me if you want.

Here’s one man’s video tribute to his love for Ramen as he parodies James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful”:

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