Those that can’t find their way around the kitchen without a roadmap, or those lazy beyond belief, are in denial this day. Their champion, their savior from kitchen drudgery is dead.
Momofuku Ando, inventor of the instant ramen noodle and founding chairman of Nissin Food Products Co., died of a heart attack on Friday evening. He was 96.
By trial and error Ando found a method to dry noodles using hot oil, and finally succeeded in the development of the world’s first instant noodle in 1958, called “Chicken Ramen.”
The company’s products even went into space when Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi took instant noodles in a pouch called “Space Ram” on his 2005 mission on board the U.S. space shuttle Discovery.