Saturday, January 06, 2007

Goodbye, noodle king

CNN: TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) -- The Japanese inventor of instant noodles, a snack that has sold billions of servings worldwide since its launch, died on Friday at the age of 96, according to an official at Nissin Food Products, the company he founded.

Born in Taiwan in 1910 while it was under Japanese occupation, Momofuku Ando ran clothing and other companies in Taipei and Osaka early in his career.
Often seen devouring servings of the dish he invented, Ando opened a museum devoted to instant noodles in Osaka in 1999. Ando is survived by his wife, Masako.

caption(afp):Momofuku Ando at the opening ceremony of the refurbished Instant Ramen Museum in Osaka, Japan, on 25 November 2004.