The Rise and Global Impact of Instant Noodles

TLDR Instant noodles, invented by Momofuku Ando, have become a worldwide phenomenon, with over 103 billion servings consumed annually. They have evolved to include various flavors and packaging options, and continue to innovate with self-heating bowls and dissolvable packages.

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00:00 The greatest Japanese creation of the 20th century, according to a poll, was instant noodles.
01:25 Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant noodles, was born in Taiwan and faced financial difficulties before creating his famous invention.
02:27 Momofuku Ando set out to create a type of noodle that would be easy to make at home, and after experimenting with different methods, he developed a way to fold and shape noodles and then flash fry them to create a long-lasting and easily prepared product.
03:25 In 1971, Momofuku Ando introduced cup noodles to the American market, inspired by an American supermarket manager who broke up the noodles and put them into a coffee mug to prepare.
04:27 Instant noodles have become incredibly popular worldwide, with over 103 billion servings consumed each year, and have evolved to include a wide variety of flavors and packaging options, including large bowls and packets of preserved meat or eggs.
05:28 Instant noodles have become so popular that there are now two museums dedicated to them in Japan, they have even been eaten in space, used as currency in the US prison system, and experienced a surge in sales during the COVID-19 crisis.
06:32 Innovation in instant noodles continues with self-heating bowls and packages that dissolve in water, and Momofoku Ando's famous saying that peace will come when people have food holds true as his creation continues to feed hundreds of millions of people every day.
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