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Father of Instant Ramen Passes Away

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the a-sad-day-for-noodles dept.

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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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RIP (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17496060)

Ando was inspired to develop the instant noodle after coming upon a long line of people on a cold night shortly after World War II waiting to buy freshly made ramen at a black market food stall, according to Nissin.
The experience convinced him that "Peace will come to the world when the people have enough to eat," it said.

Ode to ramen (5, Interesting)

perfessor multigeek (592291) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496290)

Yeah, sure, he started this. Of course when it first came out it was ungodly expensive [straightdope.com], so right there it wasn't quite what it is now.

But then again, AFAIC, at this point ramen is still the perfect geek food.

1.) It's hugely high tech. That little fifty cent packet depends on freeze-drying, foil packaging (thank you NASA), fifth or later gen styrofoam if it's in a cup (only recent gens are low in leached plasticizers), chances are you're cooking it in a microwave oven, and on and on. An awful lot of geek skull sweat went into every little pack of noodly goodness.

2.) It's truly imternational. Go for it, tell me again about the evil American cultural hegemony. Ramen is a Chinese food [wikipedia.org] reworked by a Japanese inventor, and increasingly done in south Asian flavors, all sold through American-style distibution.

3.) It's a triumph of free-market capitalism. A better product that succeeded because it is better and getting constantly revised due to low barriers to entry and fierce competition.

4.) It's hackable. Don't want the palm oil? Drain off the water before you eat it and rinse in fresh hot water. Want to add stuff? Folks have been customizing their ramen for thousands of years. Add peanut butter and veggies and it's damn healthy.

5.) It's still cheap. State of the art product for sale so cheap you can buy a case of it for the cost of one meal at, say, Dennys, let alone real food.

Hell, yeah. Ramen. Gimme some more.

Re:Ode to ramen (5, Informative)

TheLink (130905) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496520)

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.

Re:Ode to ramen (2, Informative)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 7 years ago | (#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.

Re:Ode to ramen (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496806)

Derr, i meant non-microwavable, not non-instant.

Re:Ode to ramen (1)

SunTzuWarmaster (930093) | more than 7 years ago | (#17497604)

What's the point? If I was going for non-microwavable, non-instant food, I'd go with a Totino's pizza - 75 cents at SuperSaver. - Poor, starving, broke, lazy college student/intern

Re:Ode to ramen (1)

TheLink (130905) | more than 7 years ago | (#17497554)

Yeah, that works well with the soup based ramen. The one I was talking about was for the those that don't include soup.

The average student could probably survive long enough on a diet of just instant ramen and boiled fresh egg to graduate or drop out for other reasons.

Not recommended though :).

Re:Ode to ramen (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496676)

That little fifty cent packet

I get 6 packets of Ramen for $0.79 here.

Re:Ode to ramen (1)

MrBandersnatch (544818) | more than 7 years ago | (#17497928)

6 for $0.79?!?! Wowww!

In the UK, the only place from which I can buy Ramen charges between 80 pence and £1.80 a pot!!!! (to be fair it is the genuine article imported from Japan).

Sadly, over here we have a product called "Pot Noodle" which has somehow managed to occupy the place where Ramen should be. After years of eating that muck on occassion, it was a truly miraculous thing to see how Japanese vegitables somehow rehydrated into something that looked and tasted like a vegitable! I seriously cant understand how something as nice as Ramen was transformed into something as ghastly as "Pot Noodle".

Make Ramen, Not War (1, Troll)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 7 years ago | (#17497416)

after WWII, hoping to reduce the amount of poor nourishment for soldiers in the field.

Funny, no mention of that "peace dividend from a war product" in the actual story, which instead cites compassion for starving Japanese on soup lines after atomic war devastated their country. But if instant ramen was indeed either inspired or funded justified by feeding soldiers better, then it's proof that outlawing war makes a nation's economy more competitive where it counts: feeding people, and making money. And thereby making peace, which even the biggest liar warmongers will claim is the reason to make war. Ramen works better. An army travels on its stomach, but for what? Everyone travels on our stomachs, and a fast hot meal is the way to our hearts.

Re:Ode to ramen (1)

Walt Dismal (534799) | more than 7 years ago | (#17497724)

In memorium, relatives plan to dehydrate Ando Momofuku and place him in a giant cup for eternity, or until Godzilla gets hungry.

Rest in peace, Momofuku-san.

Re:RIP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17496354)

I can't decide if I should criticize you for ripping your comment right out of the article, or congratulate you for reading the article.

Re:RIP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17496396)

Oh wow, Slashdot is liek 2 days behind everyone else with this news.

Also: good night sweet prince. I'll be having an instant ramen + cheap beer diner tonight in your memory.

Ate much ramen? (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17496062)

I wonder how much ramen he ate himself, afterall it has almost a days worth of sodium in one packet of ramen. That can't be good for your body.

Re:Ate much ramen? (5, Interesting)

Spazntwich (208070) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496172)

Sodium is not nearly as bad as many people have been lead to believe. Doctors will frequently tell their hypertension patients to cut as much sodium from their diets as possible, but this is because a portion of the population is hypersensitive to sodium [nih.gov], and there is no way to tell whether or not cutting sodium can help their blood pressure until a low sodium diet is tried. If the patient responds well to the low sodium intake, then other more drastic measures like medication can be avoided.

Keep in mind that until the advent of modern preservatives (the most commonly used one is still sodium) and refrigeration/freezing, the primary method of preserving a variety of foods involved salt curing, and many people of long ago had daily intakes of sodium that would be considered astronomical by today's standards, yet managed to find many interesting ways to die that didn't involve stroke or heart attack.

The more you know.

Sodium is still bad news (5, Informative)

perfessor multigeek (592291) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496312)

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:Sodium is still bad news (1)

Ucklak (755284) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496730)

Can you imagine having to take a crap out back in blizzard weather?

What was the psyche when locomotives were being developed? The ability to travel faster than a horse must have been pretty amazing then. I wonder if anyone had any breathing problems with the speed.

Re:Sodium is still bad news (2, Interesting)

tgd (2822) | more than 7 years ago | (#17497528)

Thats not entirely true... the increasing life expectancy these days is mostly because of two things -- better workplace safety and most importantly a massive reduction in infant mortality rates.

It doesn't take a lot of people dying at 1 to pull the averages down a lot...

Thats true of differences between countries today, too. Pull out children below the age of 5, and the numbers start to even out a lot more.

Re:Sodium is still bad news (5, Interesting)

kfg (145172) | more than 7 years ago | (#17497684)

. . .a massive reduction in infant mortality rates.

And mortality rates of the mothers. It wasn't at all uncommon for a man to go through two or three wives. Childbirth was extremely risky. That's why infant mortality and deaths due to child birth are the still the two primary indicators of healty care quality.

On the more generic picture, while fewer people get eaten by bears these days, more of them fall asleep at the wheel. Familiarty breeds contempt, but contempt does not imply that the activity is actually safe. With a bit of practice you can fall asleep at the reins and you will end up . . .home.

And the biggest saver of lives in modern times isn't avoidence of certain risk factors. If you crunch the numbers from the raw data you find that the theoretical maximum possible effect of this is really, quite, quite small. So small as to be at the borderline of precision of measurment.

What keeps larger numbers of us who manage to make it to 21 alive to see 75 is really a very small number of things:

Knowledge of germs

Aspirin; sanitation; antibiotics and vaccines. The simple, basic stuff is responsible for 99.99% of increased adult lifespans.

Most of our more advanced medical practices, chemotherepy, heart surgery, etc., often solve accute problems, but on closer examination have little to no effect on longer term morbidity rates.

And unless you are hypertensive; neither does avoiding salt.

And remember; everyone born more than 125 years ago is already dead. You are going to join them. Get used to the idea. It might help you live.


Re:Sodium is still bad news (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17498034)


Just thought I'd point out how amazing the stuff is... It wasn't until my first Chemistry class back in high school, when we had a section devoted to Aspirin and all the amazing stuff it does... Anti-fever, anti-inflammatory, slows the formation of blood clots... and gets rid of aches and pains to boot. When you consider a lot of people that die from common diseases, like the flu for example, are often killed not by the bug itself, but by their own immune system's volatile reaction to it, the benefits of aspirin become pretty clear, and no wonder it's on short your list of life-savers.

Re:Sodium is still bad news (1)

foreverdisillusioned (763799) | more than 7 years ago | (#17497620)

The GP's supporting argument might not have been entirely sound, but I'd still like to see the research that proves (or strongly suggests) that sodium causes hypertension where none previously existed. I know it's only anecdotal, but I eat *way* more salt than most people I know (they always complain that my food is too salty) but my blood pressure is actually well below normal.

Re:Ate much ramen? (1)

misanthrope101 (253915) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496698)

many people of long ago had daily intakes of sodium that would be considered astronomical by today's standards, yet managed to find many interesting ways to die that didn't involve stroke or heart attack.
Being tortured to death by Genghis Khan might qualify as interesting, but I'll take an old-fashioned heart attack any day. The plague, too, would be far from boring. But I think part of the reason people didn't die back then from conditions endemic to old age is that disease and other factors killed them before they got to old age. But I admit our diet does play a role. Diabetes is becoming more common, and so on.

I don't think Genghis would'a done it... (2, Funny)

mtec (572168) | more than 7 years ago | (#17497260)

First, you would have gotten a call from one of his 'people'. Then after many forms and interviews with more lower mid-level 'managers', and lots and lots of waiting in tiny little rooms you might catch a glimpse of Khan but after they were finished, he wouldn't even ever know your name. And God help you if you get trapped in an elevator with him afterwards...

wait. That's 'trying to get on at Apple.'

Re:Ate much ramen? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17497222)

I suspect research into sodium in the diet is skewed. People who eat high sodium diets are likely to be eating cheaper foodstuffs lacking in alternative/more expensive flavouring - i.e. junk food. Which puts them in the demographic that's more likely to smoke (unconcerned about health issues), be in a lower income bracket receiving poorer health care and probably less in access to recreational/sporting venues (or are just lazier). Dedicated sports activists aren't likely to each cup-o-noodles much. I find it hard to believe that clinical testing can account for all this within their budget allowance.


mod do38 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17496128)

conglomer4te in the

Soldiers Love It! (4, Interesting)

Mork29 (682855) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496130)

He concocted the idea for Instant Ramen after WWII, hoping to reduce the amount of poor nourishment for soldiers in the field.

I'll tell you that soldiers eat this stuff in the field all of the time. I'm in a unit that fields the http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/new s/2002/05/mil-020529-usa01.htm [globalsecurity.org] Stryker which has a water heater inside of it. I'd say it gets used for cooking ramen almost as much as it does for heating MREs (Meal Ready to Eat). Soldiers love this as much as any college student. I can't imagine somebody who doesn't love Ramen though...

Re:Soldiers Love It! (2, Interesting)

nathanh (1214) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496958)

I can't imagine somebody who doesn't love Ramen though...

I can't stand the stuff. It's oily and salty and plain nasty. I'd rather cook something fresh than eat the freeze-dried instant carbohydrate disaster that is instant ramen.

Re:Soldiers Love It! (1)

Matt Edd (884107) | more than 7 years ago | (#17497560)

Agreed. I make my own bread, granola, pickles, muffins... things that take less than 20 minutes of work (with a stand mixer in the case of the bread). I eat healthy, tasty food because I put in just a bit of effort. Hell, I might even save time since most things I make last 6+ meals. The drawback may be cost but my meals are still cheaper than fast food.

Re:Soldiers Love It! (1)

schon (31600) | more than 7 years ago | (#17497776)

I can't imagine somebody who doesn't love Ramen

It's horrid, foul stuff with no nutritional value whatsoever.

This [userfriendly.org] sums it up about right.

Instant Ramen = Long Life? (1)

jellie (949898) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496148)

The Chinese believed eating long noodles would lead to a long life... so does eating lots of instant ramen allow us to live into our 90s? Well, that and a fairly large fortune.

So the moral of the story: Don't eat crushed, uncooked ramen noodles with the packets added in. I know you've done this before too! In the future, don't bother crushing it. (I know it's not Nissin, but the Maruchan stuff was good too..)

Re:Instant Ramen = Long Life? (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496642)

I'm too lazy to crush the noodles or dig tiny pieces out with my fork, I shake all the broken pieces off my block into the trash & toss the block in the boiling water.

Oh memories (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17496160)

I remember in junior high school people would bring instant ramen to school, and many would eat it out of the package without even adding hot water (or any water for that matter). It was the "cool" thing to do for some groups of people. In general, instant ramen is okay, but without adding hot water, seems like disguisting shit to me.

Re:Oh memories (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17496842)

seems like disguisting shit to me

Have you tried it? It's actually decent, in a pinch--and at ~10 cents for a rather large brick, they're highly cost-effective for satisfying hunger. Just smash it all up into smaller pieces, mix in powder, and you're set.

Favorite Flavor! (1)

deltavivis (26381) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496194)

Salsa Picante Shrimp

I'm simmering a fresh Cup Noodles right now to mark the passing. So, any other favorites?

There must be a mistake... (4, Funny)

creimer (824291) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496214)

I thought instant ramen came from heaven...

Re:There must be a mistake... (1)

RMB2 (936187) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496532)

... yah, my understanding is that it originated near the volcano, to the left of the midgit

Re:There must be a mistake... (4, Funny)

gamer4Life (803857) | more than 7 years ago | (#17497588)

It did. The FSM sent it's beloved son, Ando Momofuku, to the world to teach the world about FSM through Ramen. The FSM exists, simultaneously and eternally, as a mutual indwelling of two beings - the FSM and Ando Momofuku. You might ask yourself, "Why?!" -- the answer my friend, is to just accept it, the FSM works in mysterious ways.

Ra-men, brother.

Ando Momofuku was a Bodhisattva... (1)

bushwhacker2000 (992073) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496232)

who came to earth to share his secret art. I'm sure his soul will rise to the pureland of Ramen Buddha (similar to Amitabha's pureland but with Cup Noodles on the menu).

What a heart warming story (4, Funny)

joss (1346) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496234)

That guy needed success so he could move into a good neighbourhood.
It must have been confusing for him in a bad neighbourhood...
random stranger: "Hey, momofuka"
Ando: "how did you know my name"

Re:What a heart warming story (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17497886)

Good God the jokes, they write themselves...

[...] his second son, Koki Momofuku [...]

A Hero (1)

Quzak (1047922) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496274)

Everyone lets raise a cup of ramen to the fallen hero. He will be missed.

Re:A Hero (4, Interesting)

RulerOf (975607) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496740)

In Memoriam.

Over to my pantry I stroll, to pull out my long unopened pack of Nissin Top Ramen. I shall make a bowl to mark this tragic day.

Cheers, Slashdot.

Good bye sweet prince. (1)

faridx82 (760501) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496332)

sob sob! rest in peace ramen king...sluurpp oww that was good...sluurp..(cry in the background)

Ramen. (5, Funny)

icefaerie (827772) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496342)

Allow me to say, Ando was truly touched by His Noodly Appendage. We have lost a great man. Ramen.

Oh no. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17496408)

No words come close.

Just :(

Momofuku Ando (2, Funny)

doomy (7461) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496458)

Proof that a great name would always work in captalism.

RIP. Momofuku Ando.

PS: Your noodle are in my stomach.

ma8e (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17496538)

only way to 6o: Tha7 have raged

Conversely (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496576)

If not for this great man, many a poor college student and programmer would have starved^H^H^H^H^H^H^H learned to cook over the years.

      There, corrected it! ;)

      So long, Ramen guy. The noodles just won't be the same without you.

Re:Conversely (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496946)

Not really. I was fortunate that I learned to cook before I went to university, but a lot of my contemporaries live on pasta and a stir-in sauce. Instant Ramen haven't taken off here in the UK (we have pot noodles, but the less said about them the better), so I guess that's the cultural equivalent. In my first year as an undergrad, I lived with a Nepalese guy who had been brought up in a culture where women did the cooking and men weren't allowed in the kitchen; he managed to destroy a saucepan cooking rice in his first few weeks. I taught him a few things, and he spent most of that year living off home-made scone-based pizzas (one of my favourite low-budget and low-effort foods; you just need milk, self raising flower, tomato, cheese and leftovers). For my parents' generation, the student staple was pasta with butter and cheese, and a piece of fruit to avoid scurvy.

I think it's safe to say that people can avoid learning to cook with or without the aid of instant ramen.

Re:Conversely (0, Offtopic)

tomjen (839882) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496986)

Today you can just add some Ketchup to your pasta, and you will have no problem with scurvy.

Re:Conversely (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17497012)

nah, we would've been forced to brave the elements to the nearest Del Taco

The real ones... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17496586)

Although the instant ones are comfortable to cook:

Nothing is better than real fresh handmade ramen in a chinese restaurant around the corner in China. It's just awesome!

So for those who never tried, get to the next Chinatown near you and try them.


10 per package from places like Costco... (1)

Mad-Bassist (944409) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496600)

...although I remember paying a quarter for a box of the ol' Kraft mac and cheese.

Top Ramen Spinach Salad Supreme (3, Informative)

All_One_Mind (945389) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496658)

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

Tasteless joke (0)

noidentity (188756) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496828)

OK, I'll rot in (Slashdot) hell for this, but whatever... add seasoning if desired.

Did he die instantly too?

Secrets of Instant Ramen (2, Interesting)

shanen (462549) | more than 7 years ago | (#17496832)

No, really, he did sponsor the publication of a book called (using Romaji) Insutanto Ra-men No Himitsu, or the Secrets of Instant Ramen. I read it back in 1998. It was pretty clear that the company had helped sponsor it, though it was published as part of a very popular series of children's books. The 'secrets' series are educational manga (comic books) for kids, and include such classics as the Secrets of Bread (the food) and the Secrets of Fish (the animals) and the Secrets of Earthquakes. The Secrets of Instant Ramen was actually a pretty good one, though it was a bit too slanted in featuring Ando-san's life story so prominently. It really was a moving struggle for him to invent the first instant ramen, and there were many battles after that...

Honoring him (4, Funny)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 7 years ago | (#17497102)

I believe we should each observe three minutes of silence in memory of him. Some of you may even have a timer for that.

Chris Mattern

Chili Noodles (1)

zoid.com (311775) | more than 7 years ago | (#17497140)

Cook noodles but don't add the flavor. Drain and warm noodles with canned chili (Hormel). Mmmm..Mmmm..Mmmm

Non-Cup-O-Noodles Better (1)

LeftNose (48066) | more than 7 years ago | (#17497174)

Personally, I much prefer the Ramen that comes in the bag instead of the styrofoam cup. For whatever reason, it tastes better; there are more noodles; and it's cheaper. Also, unless you dump out your Cup-O-Noodles--defeating the purpose of the styrofoam--it's much easier to customize the bagged noodles.

The Untold Story (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17497294)

As I have been told:

His product was a flop and he was nearing bankruptcy until a military college siege in Japan led by a messianic military rightist-poet in the seventies that went on for weeks (months?). Seeing all the cops standing for days behind barricades of snow (that winter was particularly harsh), he sent packets of noodles to them for free and the nation (following the drama closely day after day on grainy B&W TV) witnessed all the cops able to eat something warming and satisfying in the snowy environs. It triggered a sharing urge probably linked to wartime sentiments for "the man in the field" and the shops were emptied of his product. It tipped the scales for his business and he never looked back...

DoTheStrand at gmail.com

How Odd (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 7 years ago | (#17497368)

Havent eaten any since college days ( a good 15+ years now ) but for some odd reason was in the mood about 11 pm on the 5th and went out to get some from the local grocery. ( and of course prepared the same way as i did back then.. with burger, their seasoning and just enough pasta sauce to make it wet )

How odd....

Smack (1)

proxy318 (944196) | more than 7 years ago | (#17497406)

When I was in college, one of the grocery stores sold "Smack" brand instant noodles, which were even cheaper than the regular ramen. This of course lead to all sorts of jokes along the lines of "I'm gonna go get me some smack!", etc.

Ramen and MSG (1)

TheFlannelAvenger (870106) | more than 7 years ago | (#17497510)

I love ramen noodles, easy to prepare and very tasty. Unfortunately, I'm one of those folks who get the blinding headache followed by Exorcist style projectile vomiting when eating MSG. I've never found a ramen noodle package that didn't have a lot of MSG in it. Any others out there have the problem with the MSG? And are there non MSG loaded brands out there, I miss the noodles.

Re:Ramen and MSG (2, Insightful)

DuroSoft (1009945) | more than 7 years ago | (#17497592)

not only that, cup ramen has 920mg of sodium. 200mg is considered too much, but 920mg is more then 50% of your daily maximum intake. If you have even two of those a day, you are giving yourself way too much sodium.... waaaaay too much sodium... but heck, it tastes good! its just like those Stouffer's microwaveable dinners.They have some ridiculous amount of sodium. My aunt started having one of those to eat every day and died within two years. That stuff kills, man. Still tastes good though :)

Oh yeah? (1)

Deadstick (535032) | more than 7 years ago | (#17497750)

If not for this great man, many a poor college student and programmer would have starved over the years.

No way. We had Hormel Potted Meat Food Product. Three times the fat of Underwood Deviled Ham at one-third the price.


Cool Little Ramen Restaurant (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#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.

96 years old huh? (1)

samsinfection (815596) | more than 7 years ago | (#17497960)

I guess he didn't eat much Ramen...either that or cardboard and chicken bullion is much healthier than I've been led to believe.
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