Some Instant Noodle Science” target=”_blank”> has an interesting article about the science of how instant ramen is made. Many people don’t know that it is fried, although for a time in the 1990s, Campbell’s made a baked version. One new thing I learned in this story was about how “space ramen” was made:

In 2005, Nissin Foods developed instant noodles for astronauts, called Space Ram. The noodles come in bite-size bundles coated in egg whites to hold them together in a low-gravity environment. The soup was also made thicker to prevent spattering that could spread inside the space vessel. The flavor is quite strong because a person’s sense of taste is dulled in space. The starch content of the flour for the noodles was also adjusted so that the noodles could be cooked with hot, 70°C water; this was necessary because  water cannot boil in the space shuttle due to the low air pressure.

It’s not clear from the story if “Space Ram” has been used before in space, does anyone know?