Ramen Noodles – Cheapest Meal In the World?
While watching several college basketball teams battle for their tournament lives on Sunday, I reached for a snack and found an old favorite - Ramen Noodles. It had been a while since I'd opened a packet and it reminded me of times when money was extremely tight for me.
Anyone who's ever been to college, or down on their luck and broke, has a special bond with Ramen noodles. There a really good reason for that - yes, there might not be a cheaper meal in the world!
So between games I took a few minutes to look up some interesting Ramen noodle facts:
95 billion servings - that's billion with a "b" - of Ramen noodles were eaten worldwide in 2011. That's enough to feed 260 million people, every day for a year.
The instant Ramen noodle was invented by Momofuku Ando, founder of the Nissin Company - makers of Top Ramen.
You can actually turn the regular high-sodium Ramen noodle meal into something healthy by throwing away the salt packet and using a can of tomatoes or tomato sauce over the cooked noodles, kind of an instant spaghetti.
There is actually a Ramen noodle museum in Osaka, Japan.
The length of the noodles in one package stretch out to 51 meters - or about the length of two tennis courts.
If you ate nothing by Ramen noodles every day for a year, your entire grocery bill would be only $142.
Citizens of Japan, voted the Ramen Noodle the most important invention of the 20th century.