10 Ramen Noodle Facts
Some facts & history about Ramen Noodles you may not have known
Lets go over some Ramen Noodle facts, as well as a little history about these delicious instant noodles!
1. Instant Noodle History
Lets begin at the beginning. Where did all of this Ramen Noodle goodness get it’s start? As per the wikipedia for instant noodles : Instant noodles were invented by Taiwanese-Japanese inventor Momofuku Ando in Japan. It was first marketed on 25 August 1958, by Ando’s company, Nissin, under the brand name . Ando developed the production method of flash frying noodles after they had been made, creating the “instant” noodle. This dried the noodles & gave them a longer shelf life, even exceeding that of frozen noodles.
2. Ramen initially was a luxury
While it would cost considerably less than $200 a year to eat ramen for every meal, back in 1958 the first instant ramen was ironically considered a luxury item. This was because Japanese grocery stores sold fresh Japanese noodles (also known as udon noodles) at one-sixth the cost of Ando’s new instant noodles. Each noodle block was pre-seasoned & sold for 35 yen. Despite this, instant noodles eventually gained immense popularity, especially after being promoted by Mitsubishi Corporation.
3. Ramen is the Japanese word for Chinese lo mein
The Japanese owe it to the Chinese for the trendy food’s name. According to Being Japanese American by Gil Asakawa, ramen is the Japanese pronunciation of the kanji characters for lo mein or lau mein in Chinese. However, there are competing theories, & other authors feel the most likely etymology is lamian. Whichever is the case, it’s no surprise that ramen is inspired by lo-mein, another boiled noodle dish invented centuries ago.
4. The preservatives inside instant Ramen Noodles are very difficult to digest
Dr. Braden Kuo (a gastrointestinal specialist) of Massachusetts General Hospital used a pill-sized camera to record up to 32 hours & monitor the digestion of instant Ramen Noodles versus homemade Noodles. After two hours, the preserved noodles were still relatively intact & undigested.