[WORLDKINGS] The Constant World Records Seeking Journey (P.298) Momofuku Ando (Japan) : World’s first invented instant noodles


(worldkings.org) Momofuku Ando was a Taiwanese-Japanese inventor and businessman. He is known as the inventor of instant noodles. On May 26th, 2022, World Records Union (WorldKings) officially Momofuku Ando as “World’s first invented instant noodles”

Based on the world record nomination from Asia Records Institute (ASRI) and Decision No. WK/USA.INDIA/852/2022/No.308, World Records Union (WorldKings) officially declared Momofuku Ando as the world’s first invented instant noodles on May 26th, 2022.

Momofuku Ando (March 5, 1910 – January 5, 2007) was a Taiwanese-Japanese inventor and businessman who founded Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd. He is known as the inventor of instant noodles and the creator of the brands Top Ramen and Cup Noodles.



Ando was born  in 1910 into a wealthy family in Kagi-chō Japanese Formosa (Taiwan). In his biography, Ando said he had provided scholarships for students, which at the time was a form of tax evasion. After he lost his company due to a chain-reaction bankruptcy, Ando founded what was to become Nissin in Ikeda, Osaka, Japan, starting off as a small family-run company producing salt

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 the Japanese.  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. The original chicken flavor is called Chikin Ramen. It was originally considered a luxury item with its price of ¥35, around six times that of traditional udon and soba noodles at the time.



Ando's invention of Cup Noodles in 1971, at the age of 61, helped spark the popularity of instant noodles overseas. Ando felt that a Styrofoam cup—with a narrower bottom than the top—would be the ideal vessel for holding noodles and keeping them warm. Eating the noodles would then be as easy as opening the lid, adding hot water and waiting. This simplicity, efficiency and low price of Cup Noodles went on to transform Nissin's fortunes.

Ando began the sales of his most famous product, Cup Noodle on September 18, 1971, with the idea of providing a waterproof polystyrene container. As prices dropped, instant ramen soon became a booming business. Worldwide demand reached 98 billion servings in 2009. Ando died of heart failure on January 5, 2007, at a hospital in Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture, at the age of 96.

According to en.wikipedia

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