Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando by Andrea Wang

Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando by Andrea Wang
April 29, 2020 Alexandra Adlawan

Rated E for Everyone


Amid the rubble of Japan after World War II, Momofuku Ando encountered people lined up in the bitter cold waiting for the smallest bit of food.

The world is peaceful only when everyone has enough to eat, he thought. Haunted by this memory, Ando worked in a little shed in his backyard, experimenting and trying to create a new kind of noodle soup that was quick to make, nutritious, and tasty in order to feed the hungry.

Slurp up the true story behind one of the world’s most popular foods!


Like many things in life, ramen noddle soup is one of those things you don’t really think about and take for granted.


I was impressed with all the different ingredients and methods Momofuku Ando experimented with before creating the perfect recipe.


You’ll notice in the illustrations that people are using chopsticks to eat the noodles, which I think is funny because that’s how I eat it. My mom thinks it’s weird that I only eat the noodles and not the soup.


This next bit has nothing to do with the story and it’s a bit gross, but I have to mention it. In high school, the cafeteria served cup of noodles (with corn and peas) and every day I would see it clogging the outside drinking fountains. In my four years of high school I never caught anyone in the act. If I had, I would have yelled something like “What that heck do you think you’re doing?! It’s not going to go down that little drain, you idiot! If you’re not going to eat it, put it in the trash like a human being!”


If it wasn’t for Momofuko’s invention, college students would be without their main source of food.


This weeks’ Weird but True Fact about Ramen Noodles

In Japan, you can buy doughnuts stuffed with ramen noodles.


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