Top Ramen, Cup Noodles, or some generic version of instant ramen was likely a diet staple during your college and post-college years. There might even be a leftover pack/cup tucked somewhere in your cupboard right now. And though the preserved noodles were such a constant part of your life for so long, you most likely never thought about the history of the product. Well, here you go.
Great Big Story just published a video outlining the complete history of instant noodles, which all started because of one man's dream to end a hunger crisis in Japan after WWII. Yep. These noodles are so much more than just an easy dinner.
Momofuku Ando experimented again and again to make a ramen that was non-perishable in order to save his people, and the answer finally came to him when he tried flash-frying the noodles in his wife's tempura oil. From there, Top Ramen and Cup Noodles were born.