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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.
Momofuku to you too buddy !
College students owe him a big RIP
Millions of college graduates have him to thank. Or not.
Who came up with "Noo-Noo-Noodle-O's"?
His remains will be dessicated and placed in a small plastic cup for burial.
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!
"College students owe him a big RIP"
That's for sure. Couldn't live without them and still love them.
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.
Candlelight vigils in dorm rooms at 4am!
mmmmmmmmmmmm....loads of MSG to put me into anaphylactic shock.
I'm a firm believer in a high sodium diet, thanks to this man.
Students around the world mourn his passing.
From a business point of view, he made a good living off of noodles.
Thanks for the post. I've eaten many packages in my time.
Ramen Noodles are a food group.
He would have wanted it that way.
(removing hat and looking solumn)
His funeral only took 2 minutes and cost 15 cents.
Umm Umm Good !