Are you an instant noodle fan? Ever wondered how instant noodles were manufactured? Let me bring you on a short journey of how instant cup noodles are manufactured… right here in the land of its origins- the Land of the Rising Sun.
We are so glad we had included this stop in our Osaka trip itinerary cos it turned out to be such good fun!
This museum is located at Ikeda in Osaka and is within walking distance from Ikeda Station, located along the Hankyu-Takarazuka line. Admission is FREE! So what are we waiting for? Let’s go!
Outside the museum, we were already feeling very excited for this educational trip!
For your info, this museum is named after the man who invented the instant noodle. I like his name! – Mr. Momofuku Ando.
As you can see, we continued to go nutty over the displays we saw at the entrance of the museum…
Instant noodle memorabilia sold at the souvenir shop. Prices not so cute…
The Nissin chick is sooo adorable!
And if you think the stock of instant noodles available in Singapore is limited, you are SOOOO right! You’d know how SUPER deprived we are when you see….
AAAARRRRRRHHHHH… So many many instant noodles!!!
Goodness, I think I would have been an instant noodle fan if I was a Japanese!
I can’t read Japanese but I somehow think the manufacture of instant noodles must be a bacteria-free albeit unhealthily deep-fried one…
And do you know, Japanese astronauts’ staple space food is of course none other than the very convenient, easy to eat, easy to keep instant noodles!
Now, this is the most interesting part of our experience here at te museum. We get to make our very own instant noodles at a price of 300 Yen (almost S$5)! I want, I want!
Here are the instructions:
Looks easy huh. Here we go…
Bought the cup.
Had to wash my hands before I proceed further… This is indeed a 1st world nation!
A friendly staff waiting for me. She was in charge of allocating me to a seat in the ‘design room’… to design my cups! So fun! I feel like I am going for art class in kindergarten once again!
But I had to wait for about 5 mins to get a seat… It was surprisingly rather packed for a normal weekday morning!
So I decided to take a picture while hanging around…
These are the ingredients I will have to choose from for my very own Jerb’s Instant Noodles later. :)
Finally a seat! And we started vandal.. I mean drawing. Colorful markers provided!
We were so immersed in our art work…
I had to design 2 cups – one for me family and another for my sister who is an instant noodle fan.
Finally…. TADA!!! The cup for the J Family is ready – Jared, Jerb & Julien’s instant noodles!
And this for Jasmine. She better like it!
Time to choose my ingredients.
This kind staff took effort to smile into our camera while packing the dried noodle into my cup. So nice of you bro! :)
Customers get to turn the cup to vacuum pack the noodle. So hands-on for us!
The difficult part is to choose from the so many ingredients!
There were a few cute looking ingredients like this one with a picture of an egg. There was also another one with the Nissan chick picture. The staff told me these 2 were actually made of sausage meat! AWESOME….
I chose a combination of curry + cheese flavor for Jasmine. I am sure she will like it!
So, here’s another one for the camera before the staff seals the cups up!
Phew, it was a tough process! HAHAHA!
Now I can say, ”We’ve been there, done that, bought the cup and took the photos!” :)
So, do drop by this interesting museum when you visit Osaka. It will take a morning and it’s so worth it.
Kudos to the Japanese for inventing the instant noodles!