The History of
Instant Ramen Noodles
In 1958, instant ramen noodles were invented in Japan,
and were first given a name of Chinese origin - "Ramen."
This primarily refers to noodles in a soup broth. Due to
the ease of preparation and rich flavor of ramen noodles,
consumption of ramen noodle soup use quickly expanded
worldwide. As different cultures discovered ramen noodles,
each culture seemed to add the ingredients of its own cuisine
and creativity with the ramen noodle "base" continues to this day.
Soon in the history of ramen noodles, the idea of putting ramen noodles in a convenient cup
was brought to the market. This permitted ramen noodle aficionados to enjoy ramen noodle
soups away from the kitchen such as in schools, offices and vacationing.
Just as the world began to develop a "taste" for ramen noodles, the desire to improve them
became the next natural evolutionary step. In japan today there are over 1,000 ramen noodle
restaurants that each pride themselves in their own ramen noodle recipe development.