Monday, August 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Ramen!!!

Randomly searching around Wakachan (pretty much the more well organized cousin of 4chan - although still full of NSFW images) I found that August 25th (today) is Instant Ramen's 50th birthday! Thanks Anonymous!

From Momofuku Ando's wikipedia page:

With Japan still suffering from a shortage of food in the post-war era, the Ministry of Health tried to encourage people to eat bread made from wheat flour that was supplied by the United States. Ando wondered why bread was recommended instead of noodles, which were more familiar to Japanese people. The Ministry's response was that noodle companies were too small and unstable to satisfy supply needs, so Ando decided to develop the production of noodles by himself. The experience convinced him that "Peace will come to the world when the people have enough to eat."

On August 25, 1958,
at the age of 48, and after months of trial and error experimentation to perfect his flash-frying method, Ando marketed the first package of precooked instant noodles. Called Chikin Ramen (チキンラーメン, Chikin Ramen?), after the original chicken flavour.

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