Goodbye Mr. Noodle

A sweet but sad obituary and appreciation appears in the NYT's most e-mailed list today: the homage to Momofuku Ando. (Say his first name aloud to yourself, it's fun.)
Mr. Ando invented ramen noodles, and founded the Nissen Foods.
Even in honoring him, the NYT concedes that Mr. Ando's invention had its human flaws, "There are some imperfections... The silver seasoning packet does not always tear open evenly, and bits of sodium essence can be trapped in the foil hollows, leaving you always to wonder whether the broth, rich and salty as it is, is as rich and salty as it could have been."
The final sign-off from the author is ironic, "Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. Give him ramen noodles, and you don’t have to teach him anything." I probably ate more ramen during my most intense 'being taught' days than anytime in my life: college.
Now I just shed a salty tear in my noodle soup.



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