Tuesday, January 09, 2007


Momofuku Anda, inventor of instant noodles, died at the age of 96 last Friday. Mr. Anda's invention changed the landscape of college students' diets, not to mention new graduates who couldn't afford to pay their rent, or even feed themselves properly.

I gave up on instant noodles in 1995, the memory is quite distinct. I was on a train in China, and the smell of the oil they use in the instant noodle mix hung heavily over the inside compartment. Nausea. Never ate another instant noodle pack again.

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