Japan is known worldwide for its crazy, out of this world, amazing, and “why did I not think of that” inventions. One of the things that Japanese are most proud of is the invention of Instant Ramen.
Momofuku Ando had the idea of instant ramen simmering in his mind for 10 years, he finally decided to act on his idea and spent an entire year doing research in a little shed that he had at the back of his house. The date was August 25, 1958, a date we should all be thankful for. It was when Momofuku Ando invented the world's first instant noodles. The first ever Chicken Ramen! The instant ramen museum is an educational food museum where visitors can learn where it all begun and try to make their own personalized instant ramen.
The museum also encourages us to learn few things:
You don’t need expensive or state of the art tools to try and create something, you can use whatever tools you have in your garage or in a little shed at the back of your house.
Your little idea can turn into something big. Don’t ever give up on your dreams! Momofuku Ando was 48 years old when he started his business. Some may consider it to be too old, but still he never gave up on his little idea.
Now that we have a bit of history on Instant Ramen, It’s Time to make our own!
Step 1: Purchase a cup from the vending machine
A personalize instant ramen cost Y300 per cup.
Step 2: Sanitize or clean your hands.
The instant ramen that you make will remain fresh for about a month, so cleanliness is important! Also, do not touch the inside of the cup so keep it bacteria free.
Step 3: Design your cup.
This is where the fun begins! Colored pens will be provided at the table and you are required to write the date when it was made. You can write, draw and design your cup as you wish.
Step 4: Get your noodles and seasonings.
After finishing your design, it’s time to put some noodles and seasoning! Noodles are suspended in the middle of the cup to keep it from breaking during transport. You can choose from 4 soup flavors and 12 different toppings.
Step 5: Seal the cup.
This process is done by the staff members, but you can still see what is going on with your personalized cup.
Step 6: Shrink-wrap your cup.
This is the last step. You will blow air into the plastic package using air pumps that they will provide. Tie a red ribbon to your plastic container
If you want to enjoy your own creation immediately, the museum has a corner room with chairs and table where you can get hot water from the vending machine.
Location of the museum:
The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen
8-25 Masumi-cho, Ikeda-shi, Osaka 563-0041, Japan
Admission: Free of Charge
Personalized Instant Ramen Cup: Y300
Museum Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Last admission is at 3:30 p.m.)
Non-Business Days: Tuesday (in case Tuesday is a National Holiday, the following day will be a non-business day) Year-end through New Year Holidays
Telephone: 072-752-3484 (General Information)