While many an American college student has subsisted entirely on a dorm-room hot-pot diet consisting of nothing but instant ramen noodles, in Japan, ramen noodles are not the low-effort, low-brow dinner substitute we in America know and love. Instead, ramen (which is way Japanese pronounce the Chinese characters for “lomein”) is a favorite Chinese-inspired noodle dish in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo that became ubiquitous in post-War Japan because of being both inexpensive and tasty. Ramen noodles became an international sensation starting in 1958 when the owner of Japanese company Nissin Foods, Momofuku Ando, started selling them as an instant, just-add-water meal. The rest, as might say an American college student who’s ditching his reading about the history of Japan to watch Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, figuring that’s pretty much the same thing, is Ramenlicious.
The History of Ramen Noodles | Momofuko Instant Ramen Museum
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