Momofuku Ando - Inventor of Instant Noodles, Birthday and Personal Life

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Momofuku Ando was a Japanese inventor and businessman and the founder of 'Nissin Food Products Co

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BirthdayMarch 5, 1910
Died onJanuary 5, 2007
NationalityJapanese
FamousBusinessman, Inventor of Instant Noodles, Business People
SpousesMasako Ando
Childrens Akemi Horinouchi, Hirotoshi Ando, Koki Ando
Universities
  • Ritsumeikan University
Founder / Co-Founder
  • Nissin Foods
Discoveries / Inventions
  • Instant Noodles
Birth PlacePuzi, Chiayi County, Taiwan
GenderMale
Sun SignPisces
Born inPuzi, Chiayi County, Taiwan
Famous asInventor of instant noodles
Died at Age96

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Who is Momofuku Ando?

Momofuku Ando was the founder of the Japanese food product company called ‘Nissin Food Products Co. Ltd.’ He also invented the concept of instant noodles, cup noodles and instant ramen which became famous as the cheapest and most convenient food. He became concerned about the food problem existing in Japan after the Second World War and embarked on a series of experiments to bring noodles to the table of every household in Japan. After trying many things resulting in errors, he finally devised a method where noodles could be prepared instantly by pouring warm water on them. The Japanese people took to this new type of food as fish takes to water and soon every Japanese was having their familiar bowl of noodles made from the wheat flour supplied by the United Sates government instead of bread made from the same wheat flour. He was acknowledged as a great inventor by the Japanese for bringing food to the hungry people of Japan at a time when there was devastation all around the country. He was felicitated by not only the Japanese for his endeavors but also by the American government for solving food crisis in his country.

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Childhood & Early Life

Momofuku Ando was born in the Taiwanese city of Kagi-cho (presently known as Chiayi) on 5th of March, 1910. The name given to him by his parents was Go Pek-Hok.

After the death of his parents, he started living with his grandparents inside the city walls of Tainan-cho which is known as Tainan today.

Career

Taking inspiration from his grandparents who were the owners of a small business store for textiles, Momofuku Ando spent about 190,000 Yen which he had received as inheritance from his parents to start a textile company in Daitotei (Taipei) at the age of twenty-two.

He went to Osaka, Japan, in 1933 to study economics at the Ritsumeikan University. While studying there he started a clothing company.

After the Second World War he became a Japanese citizen. His original Chinese name of Go Pek-Hok was changed to the Japanese name of Momofuku and the Japanese surname Ando was added to it.

A case of tax evasion was brought against him in 1948 and he was sent to jail where he spent almost two years. He had given out scholarships to needy students and this was considered a form of tax evasion then.

He lost his clothing company due to bankruptcy and started a small family-owned salt producing company in Ikeda, Osaka. This company was the fore-runner of the present day company.

Japan was reeling under food shortage after the war and the authorities requested the people to eat bread made from the wheat flour supplied by USA as there were no stable noodle producing companies big enough to meet the demand. It was in these circumstances he decided to carry out experiments to make noodles on a large scale.

After much experimentation he developed a flash-frying method and sold the first packet of instant noodles on 25th of August, 1958 when he was 48 years old. The original product was named ‘Chikin Ramen’ which cost 35 Yen at the time. It was considered a luxury as it cost almost six times more than a serving of soba or udon noodles.

He came out with the first cup noodle product packed in a waterproof container made from polystyrene on 18th September, 1971. It was an instant hit and this masterstroke converted his company into a booming business overnight.

He founded the ‘Instant Food Industry Association’ in 1964 to set guidelines for ramen production such as fair competition, printing the production date on the packet etc. He also became the chairman of the ‘International Ramen Manufacturers Association.’

In 2005, the astronauts aboard the space shuttle ‘Discovery’ had instant noodles from special containers made by him.

By 2007, chicken ramen was selling at 60 Yen a packet in Japan which was almost one third of the cost of a serving of cheap noodles in any Japanese restaurant. Awards & Achievements

The introduction of cup noodles in 1971 was probably his most important achievement. The noodles can be eaten easily by opening the lid of the Styrofoam container designed by him, pouring warm water into it and waiting till they were soft. He made a fortune by selling these simple yet convenient instant noodles at a low price all over the world.

Momofuku Ando received the ‘Medal of Honor’ with a Blue Ribbon in 1977 for his service to the poor and war-torn people of the nation.

He received the ‘Order of the Sacred Treasure, Second Class, with Gold and Silver Stars’ from the Japanese government in 1982.

The ‘Medal of Honor’ with a Purple Ribbon was awarded to him in 1983.

He was made the Director of Science and Technology Agency in Japan and received ‘Distinguished Service Award’ in 1992.

The Japanese government awarded the ‘Order of the Rising Sun, Second Class, with Gold and Silver stars’ to him in 2002.

Personal Life & Legacy

Momofuku Ando died of heart failure in Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture, on 5th January, 2007 at the age of 96 leaving behind wife Masako, a daughter and two sons.

The ‘Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum’ in Japan is named after him.

Trivia

Till the last day before his death, Momofuku Ando used to eat chicken ramen which he claimed to be the best food for maintaining good health.

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Momofuku Ando biography timelines

  • // 5th Mar 1910
    Momofuku Ando was born in the Taiwanese city of Kagi-cho (presently known as Chiayi) on 5th of March, 1910. The name given to him by his parents was Go Pek-Hok.
  • // 1933
    He went to Osaka, Japan, in 1933 to study economics at the Ritsumeikan University. While studying there he started a clothing company.
  • // 1948
    A case of tax evasion was brought against him in 1948 and he was sent to jail where he spent almost two years. He had given out scholarships to needy students and this was considered a form of tax evasion then.
  • // 25th Aug 1958
    After much experimentation he developed a flash-frying method and sold the first packet of instant noodles on 25th of August, 1958 when he was 48 years old. The original product was named ‘Chikin Ramen’ which cost 35 Yen at the time. It was considered a luxury as it cost almost six times more than a serving of soba or udon noodles.
  • // 1964
    He founded the ‘Instant Food Industry Association’ in 1964 to set guidelines for ramen production such as fair competition, printing the production date on the packet etc. He also became the chairman of the ‘International Ramen Manufacturers Association.’
  • // 1971
    The introduction of cup noodles in 1971 was probably his most important achievement. The noodles can be eaten easily by opening the lid of the Styrofoam container designed by him, pouring warm water into it and waiting till they were soft. He made a fortune by selling these simple yet convenient instant noodles at a low price all over the world.
  • // 18th Sep 1971
    He came out with the first cup noodle product packed in a waterproof container made from polystyrene on 18th September, 1971. It was an instant hit and this masterstroke converted his company into a booming business overnight.
  • // 1977
    Momofuku Ando received the ‘Medal of Honor’ with a Blue Ribbon in 1977 for his service to the poor and war-torn people of the nation.
  • // 1982
    He received the ‘Order of the Sacred Treasure, Second Class, with Gold and Silver Stars’ from the Japanese government in 1982.
  • // 1983
    The ‘Medal of Honor’ with a Purple Ribbon was awarded to him in 1983.
  • // 1992
    He was made the Director of Science and Technology Agency in Japan and received ‘Distinguished Service Award’ in 1992.
  • // 2002
    The Japanese government awarded the ‘Order of the Rising Sun, Second Class, with Gold and Silver stars’ to him in 2002.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, the astronauts aboard the space shuttle ‘Discovery’ had instant noodles from special containers made by him.
  • // 2007
    By 2007, chicken ramen was selling at 60 Yen a packet in Japan which was almost one third of the cost of a serving of cheap noodles in any Japanese restaurant. Awards & Achievements
  • // 5th Jan 2007
    Momofuku Ando died of heart failure in Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture, on 5th January, 2007 at the age of 96 leaving behind wife Masako, a daughter and two sons.

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Momofuku Ando's FAQ

  • What is Momofuku Ando birthday?

    Momofuku Ando was born at 1910-03-05

  • When was Momofuku Ando died?

    Momofuku Ando was died at 2007-01-05

  • Where was Momofuku Ando died?

    Momofuku Ando was died in Ikeda

  • Which age was Momofuku Ando died?

    Momofuku Ando was died at age 96

  • Where is Momofuku Ando's birth place?

    Momofuku Ando was born in Puzi, Chiayi County, Taiwan

  • What is Momofuku Ando nationalities?

    Momofuku Ando's nationalities is Japanese

  • Who is Momofuku Ando spouses?

    Momofuku Ando's spouses is Masako Ando

  • Who is Momofuku Ando childrens?

    Momofuku Ando's childrens is Akemi Horinouchi, Hirotoshi Ando, Koki Ando

  • What was Momofuku Ando universities?

    Momofuku Ando studied at Ritsumeikan University

  • Which company or organization was founded by Momofuku Ando?

    Momofuku Ando was the founder/co-founder of Nissin Foods

  • What is Momofuku Ando's inventions/discoveries?

    Instant Noodles was invented (or discovered) by Momofuku Ando

  • What is Momofuku Ando's sun sign?

    Momofuku Ando is Pisces

  • How famous is Momofuku Ando?

    Momofuku Ando is famouse as Inventor of instant noodles