From Slashdot: Father of Instant Ramen Passes Away


"Ando Momofuku, Father of the Instant Ramen, passed away on January 5th at the age of 96. He concocted the idea for Instant Ramen after WWII, hoping to reduce the amount of poor nourishment for soldiers in the field. If not for this great man, many a poor college student and programmer would have starved over the years. From the article: ‘In 1971, Nissin introduced the Cup Noodle featuring instant ramen in a waterproof plastic foam container. Dubbed the "Ramen King," Ando is credited with expanding Nissin into the No. 1 company in the industry and was well-known for his dedication to his work … In 1999, Ando opened the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum in Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture, after installing his second son, Koki, as president of the company.’"  — Posted by Zonk on Sunday January 07, @04:21AM


I’ve tried to keep this blog mainly techie but if it wasn’t for the Ramen King, many of us would have starved when we went through hard times in our lives.  I remember a time when I had only a couple of bucks to make it through a week, years ago, and 10 ramen noodle packs for a buck allowed me to eat.  Not very well, but it wasn’t too bad either.

One of my favorite ramen ‘meals’:

  • a can of tomato soup cooked with milk and basil
  • pour over uncooked ramen noodles
  • wait until noodles are soft
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