Translated by Jasmine Nishino
Learn The Secret Of Cup Noodles At Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum
Written by LIFE STYLE, Inc.
The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum in Osaka is a facility where you can trace the history and the development of instant ramen through interactive displays and a visit to a cup noodle factory where you can make your own cup noodles!
Did you know that cup noodles, a dish with fans all over the world, were invented in Osaka? Perhaps even some Japanese are not aware of this fact either.
This time, we would like to guide you through the Instant Ramen Museum located in the birth town of instant ramen, Ikeda city, Osaka.
What Is The Instant Ramen Museum?
Opened in 1999 in Ikeda city, the Instant Ramen Museum is an interactive educational museum that teaches you the history and the importance of the discovery of cup noodles. Entrance to this museum is free!
Once you enter the museum, the first thing you will spot is this - a replicated display of the laboratory where the founder of Nissin foods, Momofuku Ando invented the chicken ramen (*1).
*1 Chicken ramen: the world's first instant ramen invented in 1958.
This is how it looks inside the shack. At that time, Mr. Ando found all the tools and materials himself to build a shack in his backyard for his inventions.
He didn't use anything special. His passion and motivation to make his idea into a reality made the invention of instant ramen possible. We were able to understand how his enthusiasm managed to create an international phenomenon by just looking at this display.
Look, Feel and Understand How Food Is Made
Let's continue to the next display in the exhibition area titled "Momofuku Ando and the Story of Instant Ramen". You will be able to find out more about the instant ramen with the help of the timeline of the invention. The exhibits on display allowed us to feel Mr. Ando's enthusiasm for creating "food".
This is a display that shows how noodles are put into the cup.
You can see the difference between the noodles inserted from the top and the ones being covered and flipped. Mr. Ando discovered that the noodles can be placed into the cup accurately with the latter method and decided to use it.
The many displays will allow you to see the intricate ideas behind the production.
You can even see the real display of the world's first space ramen, the "space ram" that was taken on the Discovery space shuttle.
International Cup Noodle Packaging
Instant ramen is enjoyed as a meal more than one-hundred billion times in a year around the world. Here, you will be able to see a display of cup noodle packages from around the world. Check out the various cup noodles and see which country consumes the most!
This is a very interesting area where you can see all sorts of packaging designs aside from the Japanese cup noodles.
Make Your Own Chicken Ramen
At the Chicken Ramen Factory, you will be able to try your hand at making the world's first instant ramen, the chicken ramen. (Elementary students: 300 yen, middle school and above: 500 yen. Reservations needed in advance.) Experience kneading the dough, rolling it out, steaming it, flavoring it and then drying the noodles using the "instant thermal oil heating drying method".
At the Chicken Ramen Factory, you will be able to design your own packaging.
After flavoring, you will loosen the noodles and experience completing all the steps in making a chicken ramen dish.
In the end, it is fried using the "instant thermal oil heating drying method". Here, you will be watching the staff quickly frying your noodles.
Get Up Close With The Life Of Momofuku Ando
This is the "Traces of Momofuku Ando" exhibition where you will be able to understand the life and personality of the father of instant ramen.
All sorts of things are on display, including his trademark sunglasses and the iPod that he loved to use.
From 1964 until his death in 2007, Mr. Ando wrote down a New Year's resolution every year. Here, you will be able to see all of his "New Year's Reflections".
Make Your Own "Cup Noodles"!
At the "My Cup Noodle Factory", you will be able to make your very own original "cup noodles".
For more information, please read the next article on instant ramen: Make Yourc Own Cup Noodles At The Instant Ramen Museum In Osaka.
We hope you liked our introduction to the Instant Ramen Museum - a wonderful "food" museum with plenty of information on the fascinating cup noodles. Do stop by this facility on your next visit to Osaka!
The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum
Address: Osaka, Ikeda city, Masumicho 8-25
Hours: 9:00-16:00 (Last entry until 15:30)
Closed: Tuesdays (if Tuesday is a holiday, it will be closed the following day), end of year and beginning of the year.
Wi-fi: Not available
Credit Cards: Not available
Other Languages: Pamphlets available in English and Chinese
Menus/Pamphlets in Other Languages: English and Chinese audio guides available in some videos.
Nearest Station: Ikeda Station (池田駅) on the Hankyu Takarazuka line
Access: 5 minute walk from the the Masumicho exit at the Ikeda station on the Hankyu Takarazuka line
Price Range/Entrance Fee: Free museum entry. My Cup Noodle Factory (300 yen to make 1 package. Reservations not needed.) Chicken Ramen Factory (Elementary students: 300 yen, middle school and above: 500 yen. Reservations needed in advance.)
Religious Considerations: -
Phone Number: +81-072-752-3484
Website/Homepage: The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum