Momofuku Ando

Valerie Hageraats, Reporter

On Thursday, March 5th 2015, Google honored Momofuku Ando with their “Google Doodle”. He invented instant noodles and revolutionized fast food. He was born in Taiwan in 1910, but moved to Japan after World War 2. Because of the common food shortages, he was inspired to make cheap meals that he believed could cure world hunger. He tried various methods, but flash-frying the noodles worked best and was the quickest to cook under boiling water (MSN news).

He started Nissin Food Products Co., which produces Cup Noodles and Top Ramen, among other things. He even made “Space Ram”, noodles that could be eaten in space. He died when he was 96. He would have been 105 on Thursday, according to an ABC news article.

Here in Hawaii, instant ramen is an important and heavily eaten food. It saves many people from late nights, and serves as a fast lunch. It is important to the culture of Hawaii.