Could Instant Ramen Bring World Peace?

In the 1940s, a Japanese man by the name of Momofuku Ando invented a cooking technique that would change the world. Even heard of a thing called instant ramen? Motivated by the post-war conditions of Japan that lead people to wait in long, cold lines for a bowl of noodles, Ando invented instant noodles. Ando was not a chef, but instead was an entrepreneur who believed accessibility to noodles could bring world peace. he said once, "Mankind is noodlekind." The technique he invented enabled fully cooked noodles to be instantly ready just by adding hot water. The invention helped feed the starving post-war population.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant ramen, was not a chef. 00:12

  2. The first foam cup of instant noodles debuted in 1971. 00:20

  3. Instant ramen has been eaten in space. 00:58

Written by Curiosity Staff January 11, 2016

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