Instant Ramen

The packaging of the first chicken instant ramen in 1958
The packaging of the first chicken instant ramen in 1958

Historical Context

Japanese company Nissin Foods were the first to invent the instant noodle in 1958. It was the company's founder Taiwanese-Japanese inventor Momofuku Ando who came up with the idea of flash-frying precooked noodles to preserve them. At the time Ando was responding to the post-war food shortage problem in Japan.

Ando went on to invent the cup noodles in 1971, now popular worldwide.

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Location taken: Japan

Source: Nippon

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