Since I have today off, I decided to get some instant ramen at Target to eat while my wife is at work. For $.99, I purchased a Maruchan Yakisoba Teriyaki Flavor microwave bowl. It cooks in the microwave for 4 minutes and then sits for 1 and was extremely easy to make. The seasoning goes in last, and as I poured it, I smelled the overwhelming smell of cinnamon! This was quite unexpected, but oddly, it doesn’t taste like cinnamon (or much like teriyaki either). There is no meat in this bowl, and the quantity is enough to be part of a meal, but probably not a full one.
My overall feeling is that these are quality noodles, but I find the seasoning to be quite an odd flavor. I will finish what I have, but will probably try the other flavors (I’ve seen chicken flavor, but there may be more) next time!
I have a few comments in this article by Lana Berkowitz, regarding Momofuku Ando’s passing. The focus of the article is how many people ate ramen and what they did with it. I was even able to get my wife mentioned (since she’s from Houston).
Mr Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant ramen died on January 5, 2007. There are plenty of websites with his history (here and here), so I will not repeat their content, but I did want to offer some comments.
Ramen noodles have become a staple food source for many segments of the population. They are so versatile that you can make a meal in 3 minutes for 25 cents, or a meal in 3 hours for 25 dollars. In either case, we owe these meals to Mr Momofuku Ando, who mastered his flash-frying method in 1958, thereby creating the instant ramen market.
Instant Ramen is more than a food for cash-strapped college students (although thats where many of us “picked up the habit”). My neighbor’s health-conscious (and pregnant) wife has gone back to ramen as a comfort food. I offer my final proof of the widespread consumption of ramen, with this data from the Wikipedia: an estimated 70 Billion servings were sold in 2004. That’s enough ramen for about 11 servings per person per year! So, when you consider that ramen is just a simple food or a minor invention, think of what other things in the world have grown from 1 to 70,000,000,000 servings in the past 49 years.
Thank you Mr Momofuku Ando, for many great meals and for being the cause for this website’s existence.
Update: Fixed the numbers, 70,000,000,000 not 70,000,000 — thanks for the comment!
A sad day. Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant ramen noodles has died at age 96.
I will probably comment more on this later, but I wanted to get this out ASAP.
If you have some spare ramen money to buy it, this is a cool looking ramen noodle cup timer. It looks like a mini-burner and has a light-up LED that implies that its actually cooking your noodles for you.
Buy It (site is in Japanese)
Read what Gizmodo says here.