On this day in 1910, Momofuku Ando was born. He passed away in 2007 at the age of 96 but his legacy lives on and has spread throughout the world. That is because he invented instant ramen in 1958 and the company he founded, Nissin Food Products, debuted Cup Noodles in Japan in 1971. Mr. Ando can be credited with sustaining many millions of American college students as Nissin also formed the Top Ramen brand in the US in 1972. By most estimates, worldwide consumption of instant ramen has exceeded one hundred billion servings per year.
It is remarkable that this ubiquitous and globally popular food started as one person’s dream just over 60 years ago. You can learn more of the story at the Cup Noodles Museum in Ikeda Osaka or on their website: