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Although it is not always easy to find real ramen in Western countries , you can usually buy instant noodles in every supermarket. A good and inexpensive meal, prepared for consumption in just a few minutes by the addition of hot water. It’s easy enough to make cup noodles one of the most popular fast foods in the world. The inventor, Momofuku Ando , probably did not imagine such a big success in his early days. Born in Taiwan during the colonization of Japan, he moved to Osaka , where he started his business and spent his entire life developing instant noodles . Today is dedicated the Cup Noodles Museum in Osaka the dozens of forms of instant noodles. The museum also gives you the opportunity to prepare your own cup noodles .
Momofuku Ando – A life dedicated to instant noodles
After the Second World War , Japan had difficulties feeding all its inhabitants. Japanese needed a cheap and inexpensive meal to fill their bellies. Momofuku Ando, then a young entrepreneur in his forties, believed the future would be instant noodles. “Peace will come into the world when people have enough to eat,” he said.
He spent an entire year exploring and experimenting with his recipe in his studio in Osaka. Four hours of sleep a night without a day off, his efforts finally paid off. On August 25, 1958, he gave birth to the first instant noodles: Chicken Ramen .
The success came quickly and the food became very popular, which increased the production volume. This dropped the price drastically. Today, instant noodles from Momofuku Ando are a popular and cheap dish, now part of Japanese cuisine.
But Momofuku Ando had bigger plans for his invention, he wanted it to be available around the world. During his trip to the United States, he discovered that Americans too liked his noodles, which helped him develop the next big idea. By selling in a Styrofoam bowl, his noodles could be consumed at any time. With this new advantage Cup Noodles conquered the world. At this time, Ando was 61 years old.
Ando made constant improvements to his invention, eventually achieving one of his dreams in 2005. He made instant noodles that could be used in space to feed the astronauts on their space travel.
Make your own instant noodles
In addition to the history of instant noodles, which can be discovered through models and interactive exhibits, the Osaka Cup Noodles Museum offers visitors the opportunity to make their own cup noodles for 300 yen. We start by customizing the shell for the cup noodles with felt pens.
Next, we bring it to the kitchen, where we gradually fill our bowl. Of course we start with the noodles.
The fun starts when it comes to choosing the ingredients that will accompany our instant noodles. The first choice: the soup. You can choose between classic soy sauce broth, chilli tomato soup, seafood or Japanese curry. Personally, I chose curry soup.
Then I was asked to pick 4 of the 12 ingredients available. Cheese, spring onions, shrimp … the selection is varied and offers many possible combinations. Your bowl of cup noodles will definitely be personal!
Here are my instant curry noodles with cheese, chicken, corn and spring onions ready for use! But it is not over yet. We can now go through the packaging process for our cup noodles. The lid is sealed and then our creation is wrapped in polypropylene foil.
No doubt, the finished product looks like real cup noodles that can be bought at every corner in a Konbini (Convenience Store)! The expiration date is one month after production. Therefore, it is definitely possible to bring home created cup noodles with you.
You can also learn how to make chicken ramen , but you must book this in advance to attend one of the museum’s workshops.
Cup Noodles Museum
Cup Noodles Museum, 8-25 Masumi-cho, Ikeda-shi, Osaka 563-0041 Japan
9:30 - 16:30 Uhr
kostenlos, 300 Yen um eigene Cup-Nudeln herzustellen