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why were pot noodles invented? and when? and how? :p

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Aiming4777 answers:

Instant noodles were invented in 1958 by Momofuku Ando in Japan.

They are really the oriental equivalent of our “cup-a-soup” and were originally called “cup noodles” (カップヌードル). They are based on ramen, which is a Japanese dish of noodles in broth, often garnished with small pieces of meat and vegetables.

He used Chikin Ramen (Chicken Ramen) as the first instant ramen noodles. In 1970, Nissin formed the subsidiary Nissin Foods (USA) Co. Inc, to sell instant noodles to the United States. Nissin recognized that the bowls traditionally used to package instant noodles were not common in the U.S, so they instead turned to the paper cup; in 1971, they introduced instant ramen packaged in a styrofoam cup. Nissin subsequently introduced this to Japan.

Golden Wonder introduced the “Pot Noodle” that we now know and love in the UK in 1979.


Supplement from 11/30/2008 03:06pm:

… as for the why?

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, Ando finally perfected his flash-frying method and invented the precooked instant noodle. Called Chikin Ramen (チキンラーメン?), after the original chicken flavour, it was originally considered a luxury item with a price of ¥35,[2] around six times that of traditional udon and soba noodles at the time. Ando began the sales of his most famous product, Cup Noodles on September 18, 1971 with the masterstroke of providing a waterproof polystyrene container.[3] As prices dropped, ramen soon became a booming business. An estimated 70 billion servings were sold in 2004. As of 2007, Chikin Ramen is still sold in Japan and now retails for around ¥60, or approximately one third the price of the cheapest bowl of noodles in a Japanese restaurant.

Source: http://www.answers.com/topic/momofuku-ando

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