One of the things we have had on our ‘must do’ list since we arrived in Japan was the Cupnoodles Museum in Yokohama.
The museum consists of a ‘history of packaging’ display, a stop motion-style CGI movie, an educational section on invention, a replica of the shack in which instant noodles were invented, a food court all about noodles, and an area where you can make your very own personalized container and mixture.
As we learned in the quite entertaining movie, instant noodles (just add water) were invented in Japan back in 1958 by Momofuku Ando. In the early 70’s, on a trip to the U.S., he invented the infamous cup version when he realized the western world did not know how to use chopsticks and a cup mode it easier to hold with one hand while eating with a fork. Then, in 2005, at the ripe old age of 95, he invented space ramen; a recipe that could be prepared and consumed without gravity.
The piece de resistance of the museum is the opportunity to make your own Cupnoodles. You get to decorate your own cup, select 1 of four ‘broths’ (traditional, seafood, curry, and tomato), and then pick 4 of about 20 different ingredients (including some quite unique / seasonal offerings like mozzarella cheese, kimchi, and chicken bits with chicken faces printed on them). While getting into the museum is fairly easy, advance reservations for this part of the museum experience is highly recommended as the capacity is somewhat limited.
It was a great time…can’t wait to give them a try.