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Let’s celebrate the humble ramen noodle today

Today, we celebrate Ramen Noodle Day, so I thought I would share these facts with everyone, courtesy of ejjramen.com:

10 Facts about Ramen

1. Ramen may have originated from China. Scholars believe that “shina shoba” (“Chinese style” noodle soup) was imported to Japan between the 17th and 20th centuries.

2. The word “ramen” may have come from the Chinese word “lamian,” a type of Chinese noodle.

3. Miso ramen was born in Sapporo, Japan around the mid-1950s.

4. In 1958, Momofuku Ando invents instant ramen after trial and error and establishes Nissin foods. “Chikin Ramen” became their first flavor. Around this time, ramen was even considered as a luxury item!

5. In 1971, Nissin introduces Cup Noodles or Kappu Nudoru. Due to its efficiency of using only hot water to cook, the invention became popular throughout the world.

6. There is a ramen museum in Japan for hardcore ramen lovers. The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum is the world’s first food-themed amusement park. The park has 9 ramen eateries and ramen-related shops for tourists to enjoy.

7. Currently, there are 19 official regional ramen styles recognized by Japan’s Ramen Museum, including Sapporo, Tokyo (Ogikubo), Kyoto and Sano. Each style has its own unique ingredients and techniques.

8. 80% of ramen restaurants in Japan are small businesses.

9. Slurping ramen is not a rude notion in Japan. In fact, it’s expected. To eat ramen quickly without burning yourself, slurp the noodles to cool them down before swallowing.

 

10. Today, there are over 35,000 ramen noodle restaurants in Japan!

And there you have it – you probably know more about ramen than the average person does. Now that you have an idea about how rich the history of ramen is, eating a bowl will seem even more satisfying than before.
And, for those who were wondering, the commercial brand of instant ramen noodles we all buy and stock our pantries with were invented in 1958 by Momofuku Ando, the Taiwanese-born founder of the Japanese food company Nissin. He used Chicken Ramen as the first brand of instant ramen noodles. Nissin established the brand Top Ramen in 1970. And, with the simple ingredients, and no real cost to promote the products, the estimate to make a basic package of Nissin Top Ramen averages between .01 and .05 cents. The money generated by this and other related products is allowing Nissin to invest 228 million dollars in a 3rd manufacturing plant in South Carolina.

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