Domo arigato, Mr. Ando

Millions of students around the world raise their bowls in respect.

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 today on its corporate website.

He was born in Taiwan in 1910, when the island was under Japanese colonial rule. He moved to Japan in 1933, according to Japan’s daily Mainichi newspaper.

Faced with food shortages in post Second World War 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.

I rent a storage unit across the street from the Nissin plant in Irvine. Always thought it was a good omen…

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2 Responses to Domo arigato, Mr. Ando

  1. Nicholas Corwin says:

    Tasty but so loaded with nitrites, monosodium glutamate and salt that even as a teenaged junkfood addict, I felt the deleterious effects after every Cup-o-Noodle. Almost like what (I imagine) getting stoned must be like. You could practically feel the old arteries constricting. But what the hell.


  2. Chris Barrus says:

    The catch is that you *never* use the seasoning package that comes with it, and if you do, only use half of it. Otherwise, you might as well be eating your ramen with sea water. Best thing to do is to toss in some stir-fried vegetables (whatever the grocery store has that’s fresh and inexpensive) and you’re good to go.

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