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Saturday, September 04, 2010

The Momofuku Ando Instant Noodle Museum in Japan

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!

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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!

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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.

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As you can see, we continued to go nutty over the displays we saw at the entrance of the museum…

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Instant noodle memorabilia sold at the souvenir shop. Prices not so cute…

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The Nissin chick is sooo adorable!

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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….

THESE!

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AAAARRRRRRHHHHH… So many many instant noodles!!!

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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…

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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!

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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:

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Looks easy huh. Here we go…

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Bought the cup.

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Had to wash my hands before I proceed further… This is indeed a 1st world nation!

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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!

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So I decided to take a picture while hanging around…

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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!

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We were so immersed in our art work…

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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!

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And this for Jasmine. She better like it!

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So happy!

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Time to choose my ingredients.

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This kind staff took effort to smile into our camera while packing the dried noodle into my cup. So nice of you bro! :)

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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!

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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!

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Sealing… sealing…

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SEALED.

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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.

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Kudos to the Japanese for inventing the instant noodles!

3 comments:

edmund said...

Wa...so Fun!

I will go too, if and when I go to Japan :0

Kumo said...

Wow, seems like fun!
Thanks for writing about this museum and show so much pictures of it! We'll going there too because of this blog! *_*;

Jerb said...

Hi Kumo, I believe you will enjoy your trip there! :)