sad day in ramen history

The inventor of instant ramen, Momofuku Ando, passed away today at the ripe old age of 96. He was the founder of Nissin Food Products (Cup Noodle) and was the first to perfect a flash-frying method of cooking to create Chikin Ramen, the world’s first “instant ramen.”

Interestingly enough, Chikin Ramen was originally considered a luxury food, as it was many times more costly than fresh noodles (udon).

Ironically, Mr. Ando was born in Taiwan. So a Japanese version of a Chinese noodle was popularized by a Chinese person who founded one of the most widely-recognized Japanese food manufacturer in the U.S.

Thanks to misterstarfish for the heads up!

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