On a cold winter day or on a day you're feeling slightly under the weather, you can definitely count on instant noodles to make you feel better. And cup noodles have proven to be a game-changing product in the food industry. All you need to prepare them is a cup of warm water and a pack of noodles and you can take them anywhere with you.
Have you ever wondered where these cup noodles came from and who invented them? Well, let us take you to Ikeda city in Osaka, Japan where Momofuku Ando, founder of Nissin, invented instant cup noodles. What was once a backyard, where Momofuku invented these noodles, is now a Cup Noodles Museum that is frequently visited by millions of people every year.
The museum is exactly what a cup noodle lovers dreams are made of, the entire museum filled with cup noodles of various flavours, sizes and even gives you a tour through the journey of how the instant noodles have emerged over the past few decades.
Momofuku first invented the Chicken Ramen in 1958, which is known as the world's first instant ramen. Later in 1971, he invented 'Cup Noodles,' which was the first time ramen was served in a cup. At the museum, you can visit the ramen making and cup noodles factory and the interactive theatre, take a walk through the traces of Momofuku's life, and also get clicked with the exhibition of all the cup noodles among other things.
At the museum, you could even go to the tasting room and eat all kinds of noodles that come straight from their factory and buy a souvenir to take back home. The best part? Entry to the museum is absolutely FREE and requires no reservations whatsoever (except if you want to take part in the ramen factory workshop).
The museum is closed on Mondays, so make sure you plan your trip accordingly. For more information, check out their website here.
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