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Father of Instant Ramen Passes Away 195

Chained Fei writes "Ando Momofuku, Father of the Instant Ramen, passed away on January 5th at the age of 96. He concocted the idea for Instant Ramen after WWII, hoping to reduce the amount of poor nourishment for soldiers in the field. If not for this great man, many a poor college student and programmer would have starved over the years. From the article: 'In 1971, Nissin introduced the Cup Noodle featuring instant ramen in a waterproof plastic foam container. Dubbed the "Ramen King," Ando is credited with expanding Nissin into the No. 1 company in the industry and was well-known for his dedication to his work ... In 1999, Ando opened the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum in Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture, after installing his second son, Koki, as president of the company.'"
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Father of Instant Ramen Passes Away

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  • Yes and no. Let's keep in mind that most people unless a few generations back dies too young for us to know how bad their heart disease would have been. They also, on average, exercised far more. Remember, going to take a crap used to mean walking out to the yard and back. Getting your room warm meant building a fire. Traveling quickly meant riding a horse. Stuff we do effortlessly took more exertion for them than many modern folks experience in a routine at the gym.
  • Re:Ode to ramen (Score:5, Informative)

    by TheLink ( 130905 ) on Sunday January 07, 2007 @07:20AM (#17496520) Journal
    There are air dried versions of ramen, and those have negligible amounts of oil.

    These often don't come with any flavouring as well, so you may have to do a bit of cooking if you don't have extra flavour packets around.

    You could fry in olive oil and black pepper + a bit of chopped parsley, then add a fried egg. Yes you're adding oil back again, but good olive oil is worth it :). With the egg the entire meal gives you a fair balance of carbo, protein and fat.
  • by All_One_Mind ( 945389 ) on Sunday January 07, 2007 @07:49AM (#17496658) Homepage Journal
    A delicious blend of flavors will keep this super salad on the top of your list!

    Cook noodles according to package directions, but do not add flavor packets. Drain and cool. Cut noodles up slightly. Combine with other salad ingredients in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix flavor packets, garlic and lemon juice and let stand at least 15 minutes. Add oil and mayonnaise and whisk until smooth. Pour dressing over salad and toss until thoroughly mixed. Garnish with red pepper rings and small grape clusters if desired. Quick and delicious!


            * 2 packages Chicken Flavor Top Ramen
            * 8 cups spinach leaves, torn
            * 1-1/2 cups turkey or chicken, cooked and diced
            * 1 cup red or green grapes, halved
            * 1 cup red pepper, slivered
            * 1/2 cup cashews, chopped
            * 1/2 cup gorgonzola or blue cheese, crumbled


            * 2 Flavor packets from Chicken Flavor Top Ramen
            * 4 cloves garlic, minced
            * Juice from 1 small lemon
            * 1/3 cup olive oil
            * 1/4 cup light mayonnaise

    Serves 2
  • Re:Ode to ramen (Score:3, Informative)

    by gEvil (beta) ( 945888 ) on Sunday January 07, 2007 @08:15AM (#17496778)
    Fried egg? Nah, just scramble one up in a cup and then dump it in your boiling ramen at the end. Whisk it around with a fork for about 5 seconds and you're done. Of course, this only works with non-instant ramen.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 07, 2007 @11:43AM (#17497760)
    There's a cool little ramen restaurant in NYC, down in the village (10th street and 1st Ave, if memory serves) named "Momofuku's." It's a pretty good spot. I ate there a few times last year. The wait time is ridiculously long and it's always crowded, but it's worth it. They have some damn good ramen.
  • by kfg ( 145172 ) on Sunday January 07, 2007 @12:53PM (#17498204)
    . . .no wonder it's on short your list of life-savers.

    And it wasn't first on the list by accident. Familiarity breeds contempt, but the stuff is the wonder drug. We should have shrines to the "lowly" White Willow/Meadowsweet, but, well, familiarity breeds contempt.

  • by ArieKremen ( 733795 ) on Sunday January 07, 2007 @01:54PM (#17498752)
    I remember reading somewhere, some long time ago, that "experts" were concerned high speed travel and acceleration (~10-15mph) would have on the human body, and devised safety suits.
  • by kfg ( 145172 ) on Sunday January 07, 2007 @04:39PM (#17500248)
    A horse is of rather low intelligence, but it is at least real intelligence. It knows its own way home and has a certain desire to get there (that's where the oats are) so long as there isn't where it already is (see cats and doors/other side of). It can do this without plunging into a tree and bursting into flames or nothin'.

    Your job is to not fall off. At mosey pace this actually isn't all that hard and the horse may never even realize you've gone to sleep.

    If you're only used to sleeping at home in bed it might surprise you how much muscular control your brain can exert automatically while you sleep, but think about it, you learned not to pee your bed, didn't you?

    Ummmmmm, didn't you?

    There are many caveats, of course. For instance I really mean the horse's home, so there's the Rent-A-Nag problem, and home may not be where you were intending to end up, and the horse is going to take its own sweet time getting there, but it's the principle that's the important thing.

  • by MsGeek ( 162936 ) on Sunday January 07, 2007 @09:18PM (#17502808) Homepage Journal
    "Yakisoba Noodles" are not Soba noodles. They are actually Chinese noodles. The Japanese dish Yakisoba is sort of their answer to Chow Mein. Soba would not survive being stir-fried after boiling. Believe me, I know my Japanese food.

    "Yakisoba (, Yakisoba?), literally "fried noodles", is a dish often sold at festivals in Japan. It originates from Chinese chow mein, but has been integrated into Japanese cuisine like ramen. Even though soba is part of the word, yakisoba noodles are not made from buckwheat, but are similar to ramen noodles and made from wheat flour."

    For further enlightenment: []

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