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Inventor of instant noodles dies
BBC ^ | 6 January 2007 | BBC

Posted on 01/06/2007 8:16:44 AM PST by csvset

The inventor of instant noodles, Momofuku Ando, has died in Japan, aged 96, of a heart attack.

Mr Ando was born in Taiwan in 1910 and moved to Japan in 1933, founding Nissin Food Products Co after World War II to provide cheap food for the masses.

His most famous product, Cup Noodle, was released in 1971.

Its taste and ease of preparation - adding hot water to dried noodles in a waterproof polystyrene container - have made it popular around the world.

Mr Ando said the inspiration for his product came when he saw people lining up to buy bowls of hot ramen noodle soup at a black market stall during the food shortages after World War II.

Noodles in space

He developed his first instant noodles, Chicken Ramen, in 1958.

The product came out as Japan recovered from the ravages of World War II and began a long period of economic expansion.

It was the masterstroke of providing a waterproof polystyrene container for the noodles that made his Cup Noodle an instant success in 1971.

Nissin has led the global instant noodle industry since then, selling 85.7 billion servings every year, according to Agence France Presse.

His firm also developed a version of Cup Noodle for Japanese astronauts to eat on the space shuttle Discovery in 2005.

In 1999, Mr Ando opened a museum in Osaka devoted to instant noodles.

He retired as Nissin's chairman in 2005.

Japanese newspapers and business people have been paying tribute to Mr Ando.

"He was a self-made man who developed an epoch-making instant noodle product and spread it to all corners of the world," Akio Nomura, chairman of the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told Kyodo news agency.

Mr Ando remained active until just days before his death, giving a New Year's speech to Nissin employees and having a lunch of Chicken Ramen with company executives.



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Japan
KEYWORDS: noodles; ramen; soup
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Momofuku to you too buddy !

RIP

1 posted on 01/06/2007 8:16:46 AM PST by csvset
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To: csvset

College students owe him a big RIP


2 posted on 01/06/2007 8:19:15 AM PST by Kimmers (It's not what you take when you leave this world behind, it's what you leave behind when you go)
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To: csvset

Millions of college graduates have him to thank. Or not.


3 posted on 01/06/2007 8:19:58 AM PST by Spok (He who bites the hands that feeds him will lick the boot that kicks him.)
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To: csvset

Who came up with "Noo-Noo-Noodle-O's"?


4 posted on 01/06/2007 8:20:19 AM PST by TommyDale (If we don't put a stop to this global warming, we will all be dead in 10,000 years!)
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To: csvset

His remains will be dessicated and placed in a small plastic cup for burial.


5 posted on 01/06/2007 8:20:58 AM PST by Reaganesque
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To: csvset
The inventor of instant noodles, Momofuku Ando, has died in Japan, aged 96, of a heart attack.

Instant noodles/sudden death.
6 posted on 01/06/2007 8:21:50 AM PST by aruanan
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To: csvset

A student at my sons college had an entire website dedicated to Ramen Noodle Recipes - this guy would have been proud!!

I'm sure flags will fly at half staff at college campuses all over the country!


7 posted on 01/06/2007 8:21:57 AM PST by Clintons Are White Trash (Lynn Stewart, Helen Thomas , Molly Ivins, Maureen Dowd - The Axis of Ugly)
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To: Kimmers

"College students owe him a big RIP"

That's for sure. Couldn't live without them and still love them.



8 posted on 01/06/2007 8:24:23 AM PST by freekitty
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To: csvset

RIP.

This is *still* a not-insignificant part of my diet and I've been out of college for almost 30 years... I just like the stuff.


9 posted on 01/06/2007 8:24:55 AM PST by Felis_irritable (Dirty_Felis_Irritable...)
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To: csvset; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; SandyInSeattle; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
Higher education mourns.


10 posted on 01/06/2007 8:25:42 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (Tell Tom Vilsack to WEAR THE BEAR!)
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To: csvset

Candlelight vigils in dorm rooms at 4am!


11 posted on 01/06/2007 8:26:13 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Why can't Republicans stand up to Democrats like they do to terrorists?)
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To: csvset

mmmmmmmmmmmm....loads of MSG to put me into anaphylactic shock.


12 posted on 01/06/2007 8:27:05 AM PST by Vaquero (Moderate Islam is Radical Islams Trojan horse in the West)
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To: csvset

I'm a firm believer in a high sodium diet, thanks to this man.


13 posted on 01/06/2007 8:27:30 AM PST by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: csvset

Students around the world mourn his passing.

RIP.


14 posted on 01/06/2007 8:29:29 AM PST by indcons (Fellow FReepers - Best Wishes for 2007.)
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To: csvset

From a business point of view, he made a good living off of noodles.


15 posted on 01/06/2007 8:31:28 AM PST by maui_hawaii (China: proudly revising history for over 2000 years and counting.)
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To: csvset; zot

Thanks for the post. I've eaten many packages in my time.


16 posted on 01/06/2007 8:33:43 AM PST by GreyFriar ( (3rd Armored Division - Spearhead))
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To: csvset

Ramen Noodles are a food group.


17 posted on 01/06/2007 8:36:40 AM PST by WorkerbeeCitizen (Religion of peace my arse - We need a maintenance Crusade - piss on Islam)
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To: Reaganesque
His remains will be dessicated and placed in a small plastic cup for burial.

He would have wanted it that way.
(removing hat and looking solumn)

18 posted on 01/06/2007 8:37:54 AM PST by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: csvset

His funeral only took 2 minutes and cost 15 cents.


19 posted on 01/06/2007 8:40:57 AM PST by shadowman99
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To: Felis_irritable
I cook Ramen Noodles, (w/out the seasoning ), then I add sardines that are packed with jalapeño peppers.

Umm Umm Good !

20 posted on 01/06/2007 8:41:19 AM PST by csvset
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To: Felis_irritable

I just like the stuff.

I eat at least four a week.

Don't laugh until you try this. I put the contents into a bowl, add water with sesame oil, to taste. After cooking I add some Jalapeno peppers, diced. Is this crazy or what?


21 posted on 01/06/2007 8:43:13 AM PST by buck61
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To: csvset

A sad day. I'll fetch a "Beef" from the freezer. Have it bronzed and hang it from the rear-view mirror of my pick up. Also it kept my chop stick skills up to par. Not bad stuff with Spam either. RIP noodle man...sigh


22 posted on 01/06/2007 8:44:09 AM PST by rusureitflies? (Happy New Year Freepers.)
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To: csvset
Hopefully, he's is a better place. With a beer volcano and a stripper factory.

Ramen.

23 posted on 01/06/2007 8:47:05 AM PST by Wormwood (Goldwater Republican.)
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To: shadowman99

Now that's funny


24 posted on 01/06/2007 8:47:13 AM PST by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: csvset

IIRC there is a Ramen Noodle Museum in Tokyo. We didn't get to that one, unfortunately. ;o)


25 posted on 01/06/2007 8:51:03 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: csvset

I used to eat this stuff in college all the time.

Now, I would suggest taking it out of the styrofoam container and heating it in a microwave safe bowl. I think the styrofoam/microwave combo is dangerous.


26 posted on 01/06/2007 8:51:17 AM PST by cowtowney
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To: csvset

Ramen rocks.


27 posted on 01/06/2007 8:54:36 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: csvset

In "the old days" many Field Exercises in the army involved heating this stuff up in a canteen cup (with lots of Tabasco). Nice way to warm up!
Regards,


28 posted on 01/06/2007 8:55:01 AM PST by Thunder 6
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To: csvset
And just in time, Swedes offer freeze-dry burials.

No word yet if Mr. Ando will be buried with a tinfoil spice packet.
29 posted on 01/06/2007 8:56:20 AM PST by inkling (exurbanleague.com)
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To: csvset; lesser_satan; Larry Lucido
My husband (then boyfriend at the time) proposed to me the day I returned from the local BJs Wholesaler with three pallets of Ramen Noodle (Chicken and Shrimp flavor) for him. He was living on a very limited budget, and Ramen was the staple of his diet.

Used to LOVE this stuff when I was a young lass myself, but sadly, the high sodium, high fat food groups no longer work for me. Back when I had the metabolism for them, I used to LOVE throwing a slab of velveeta in the noodle, hot water mix as it was "cooking". By the time the soup was suitably softened, the cheese had added another layer of sodium and goo. OH MAN! Couple that with a Cherry Coke, and them's good eating!

30 posted on 01/06/2007 8:56:29 AM PST by RepoGirl ("Tom, I'm getting dead from you, but I'm not getting Un-dead..." -- Frasier Crane)
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To: cowtowney

Damm. He's been an important part of my life and I never even knew who he was. Rest well, my friend, you've urned it.


31 posted on 01/06/2007 8:56:34 AM PST by null and void (Propaganda doesn't have to make sense. Hell, it often works better if it doesn't.)
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To: July 4th

http://www.calorie-count.com/calories/item/06582.html


32 posted on 01/06/2007 8:57:19 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: csvset

I send ramen to my son in Iraq by the case...lol


33 posted on 01/06/2007 8:57:53 AM PST by mystery-ak (My Son, My Soldier, My Hero........God Speed Jonathan......)
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To: csvset

Noooooooooooo!

This guy deserves a funeral on the level of Royals!


34 posted on 01/06/2007 8:58:07 AM PST by SolidForce
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To: SuziQ
Here's a link to a page that describes the museum Here

And here's a link to the museum's official website.Here

35 posted on 01/06/2007 9:04:26 AM PST by csvset
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To: Peanut Gallery

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


36 posted on 01/06/2007 9:05:41 AM PST by Professional Engineer (Why bifocals? Font inflation. Today's 14 point is the same as 2 point was in 1957.)
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To: Vaquero

You've met Mr. Aji-No-Moto, I take it ?


37 posted on 01/06/2007 9:08:08 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: cowtowney
I think the styrofoam/microwave combo is dangerous.

The Noodle Soup in the styrofoam cups give me a headache.

38 posted on 01/06/2007 9:08:23 AM PST by csvset
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The Noodle Soup in the styrofoam cups give me a headache

You do know that you're not supposed to eat the cup? ;)

39 posted on 01/06/2007 9:12:25 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (Tell Tom Vilsack to WEAR THE BEAR!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Well that 'splains everything ! Thanks! ;)


40 posted on 01/06/2007 9:14:28 AM PST by csvset
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To: Felis_irritable
This is *still* a not-insignificant part of my diet and I've been out of college for almost 30 years... I just like the stuff.

We lived in Japan in the mid 60s. I still eat it for many lunches.

41 posted on 01/06/2007 9:19:35 AM PST by Professional Engineer (Why bifocals? Font inflation. Today's 14 point is the same as 2 point was in 1957.)
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To: csvset

When I was an undergraduate the local grocery had Top Ramen at ten packages for a dollar. I was so broke I asked the guy what he was charging for Medium Ramen.


42 posted on 01/06/2007 9:29:17 AM PST by rogue yam
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To: indcons; martin_fierro; Charles Henrickson

Yes, it was sad to hear that Mr. Ando had pasta way...


43 posted on 01/06/2007 9:31:32 AM PST by mikrofon (A Man Who Used His Noodle)
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To: rogue yam

LOL, been there!


44 posted on 01/06/2007 9:41:13 AM PST by null and void (Propaganda doesn't have to make sense. Hell, it often works better if it doesn't.)
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To: mikrofon
pasta way...

LOL

45 posted on 01/06/2007 9:42:05 AM PST by jdm
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To: null and void
Damm. He's been an important part of my life and I never even knew who he was....

Lol at your remark!

46 posted on 01/06/2007 9:42:44 AM PST by rawhide
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To: csvset

The noodles can sustain life if the flavor packet is discarded unopened.


47 posted on 01/06/2007 9:43:48 AM PST by RightWhale
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To: csvset

48 posted on 01/06/2007 9:49:20 AM PST by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: RightWhale
HUH? What the kids are doing these days with Top Ramen is crushing the pack to break the noodles into bite sized bits, then sprinkling the bits with the flavor packet's contents, and eating it dry!
49 posted on 01/06/2007 9:51:42 AM PST by null and void (Propaganda doesn't have to make sense. Hell, it often works better if it doesn't.)
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To: Reaganesque

I was thinking the same thing,...now does he get buried in the desert, a swamp or out at sea? (Or in Old Faithful for 2 minutes?)


50 posted on 01/06/2007 9:51:51 AM PST by Cvengr
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