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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Remembering the Top Ramen Man

The maker of Top Ramen died this week. An entrepeneur from China, he ate his product everyday and lived into his 90's. My children and I paid tribute to him and remembered him fondly today while we read his obituary in the Economist magazine.

Our favorite is chicken flavored, as was his. Top Ramen is one of the few foods that my children can make by themselves and all like. I am grateful to this humble man who failed at several business before perfecting Top Ramen...He spent a year in a room in his home working on the perfect recipe. Truly this is a product that reaches across nations and has touched the lives of many. When I was growing up I was not allowed to eat Top Ramen at home (it was on my Mom's list of foods that are not healthy enough to eat). So whenever I went to my friends' homes this was always my first choice.

Well, I hope we can all remember Top Ramen man this week and remember with fondness the first time we ate our noodles a little too early and burned our mouths and learned to always add an ice cube.


  • Sad, yes. I do agree with your mom though....NOT a healthy food.
    posted by Blogger Kage at 1/24/2007 07:30:00 PM  

  • Not healthy?! It has an unusually high amount of protein for a product like that. I say its a much better choice than many of the other things my kids would choose... and versitile too. My kids eat it raw or cooked! We shall be paying tribute at this house. Sad day...
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 1/24/2007 08:32:00 PM  

  • This death is very tragic for college students worldwide! For today I found out that Top Ramen was 12 for $1.00 at Broulim's! His memory lives on! :(
    posted by Anonymous Starving Student at 1/24/2007 09:30:00 PM  

  • It is a sad day! I grew up eating this stuff! In fact, I still eat it once in a while for old times sake -- raw or just the cooked noodles with butter and pepper. Mmmmm. And if you really want to talk unhealthy - my mom made our Top Ramen meal with chopped up Spam in it. Not joking. Why? Because we would eat it and it was cheap.

    And I just have to throw in this link to the Offical Ramen Homepage.
    posted by Blogger TftCarrie at 1/24/2007 09:49:00 PM  

  • I love ramen - but wasn't the inventor Japanese, not chinese? He invented the food after watching food shortages and the huge lines after WWII in japan.

    Ramen has high amounts of fat and salt, but if added to other items can be ok for a diet. My favorite is to stir an egg into the noodles and water after the cook (continuously stir while adding and until the egg is cooked or you get scrambled eggs). You get egg drop strings which adds more protein.

    Broulims - Isn't that the high end store in Rexburg?
    posted by Anonymous Ola Senor at 1/25/2007 08:21:00 AM  

  • In this article it says he was born in Taiwan and later became a Japanese citizen.
    posted by Blogger TftCarrie at 1/25/2007 08:47:00 AM  

  • My mom was totally the same way- it was shock for me to grow up and realize that Ramen was one of the cheapest foods on the planet!!We thought it was like caviar or something! We only got it for a "special treat" once in a great while!!
    We like it though and I do unfortunately let the kids eat it way too much.. oh well!
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 1/25/2007 09:53:00 AM  

  • How sad. :-(

    I shall remember to say a silent prayer for Mr. Ramen whilst I dine on my noodles tonight.
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 1/25/2007 10:40:00 AM  

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    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 1/25/2007 10:41:00 AM  

  • His name was Momofuku Ando. he actually did not die this week but passed away three weeks ago (Jan 5). And like Carrie said, was actually Taiwanese but claimed to be Japanese (not Chinese).

    According to wikipedia "Ando claimed that the secrets of his health were playing golf and eating Chikin Ramen almost everyday". wow. I guess MSGs, a diet low in fiber, vitamins and minerals, but high in saturated fat, trans fat and record levels of sodium are not bad for you. haha, yeah right.

    I bet he never ate those noodles.
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 1/25/2007 10:41:00 AM  

  • Oh, the memories! Every single day for lunch my entire Freshman year at BYU I would make ramen (with an ice-cube, of course!) and have whole wheat toast with jam. Oh, and I drank milk.

    Nope. Didn't gain a pound. :) I survived the Freshman 15...

    Ramen...yummy...now I know what I'll make for dinner tonight... :)
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 1/25/2007 01:24:00 PM  

  • Shaleen, you are funny.
    posted by Blogger Katie at 1/25/2007 07:06:00 PM  

  • This is sad, especially when Top Ramen Is The Substance of College.
    posted by Anonymous TheCollegeKid at 1/26/2007 12:00:00 AM  

  • We love it and eat it with spam, green onion, egg, and bbq pork in it. My daughter likes to eat it raw though. :\
    posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 11/02/2007 04:11:00 PM  

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