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 Go Peh-hok in 1910 into a wealthy Taiwanese family in Kagi-chō, Japanese Formosa (Taiwan), and raised by his grandparents within the city walls of Tainan-chō (Tainan) following the deaths of his parents. His grandparents owned a small textiles store, which inspired him, at the age of 22, to start his own textiles company, using 190,000 yen, in Eiraku-chō, Daitōtei, Taihoku (Taipei).
In 1933, Ando traveled to Osaka, where he established a clothing company while studying economics at Ritsumeikan University.
Momofuku Ando was the founder of the Japanese food product company called ‘Nissin Food Products Co. Ltd.’ He also invented the concept of instant noodles, cup noodles and instant ramen which became famous as the cheapest and most convenient food.
He became concerned about the food problem existing in Japan after the Second World War and embarked on a series of experiments to bring noodles to the table of every household in Japan. After trying many things resulting in errors, he finally devised a method where noodles could be prepared instantly by pouring warm water on them.
The Japanese people took to this new type of food as fish takes to water and soon every Japanese was having their familiar bowl of noodles made from the wheat flour supplied by the United Sates government instead of bread made from the same wheat flour.
He was acknowledged as a great inventor by the Japanese for bringing food to the hungry people of Japan at a time when there was devastation all around the country. He was felicitated by not only the Japanese for his endeavors but also by the American government for solving food crisis in his country.
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