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 35,000 ramen noodle restaurants that each pride themselves in their own ramen noodle recipe development.