Preparing instant noodles

“Instant noodles” are pretty common in Asia and USA but they are pretty unknown in Europe, don’t know why. “Instant noodles” where invented by Momofuku Ando, the founder of Nissin, the biggest instant noodles producer in the world.

“Instant noodles” are not a very healthy food, but what the heck! They are really useful when you are tired after a long day. It’s one of those things I love about living in Japan, and I really miss instant noodles when I’m in Spain for holidays.

Many noodle varieties.

This what you get when you pay.


The ingredients.

Just pour some hot water. Wait some minutes and…

Final result.

  • Goddess Carlie

    July 4, 2007 at 5:22 am

    Here in Australia we often call them “2 minute noodles”. And, well, it is basically my diet being a poor university student. Easy, yes. But you get soooo sick of them!

  • xman

    July 4, 2007 at 6:04 am

    They are perfectly common in Europe! Nothing unusual about them at all.

  • Adriaan

    July 4, 2007 at 7:08 am

    Yeah, they’re common in Europe. I know I ate a lot of instant noodles when I was a student in Southampton, UK.

  • ale/pepino

    July 4, 2007 at 8:17 am

    Already recorded my noodles video. Now some starshine and I’ll teach you how to taunt me.

  • Aitor

    July 4, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    I bought 5 yesterday in Germany. Although there were not many different kinds in the supermarket

  • sheerblade

    July 4, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    You good sir have succeeded in making me hungry for instant noodles… and the chances of finding something that ISN’T Top Ramen in Miami is slim.

  • AS

    July 4, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    We have a lot of instant noodles here in the U.S., mainly towards the west side. Do the noodles in Japan come with chopsticks, I know they sometimes come with little plastic forks but not chopsticks.

  • kirai

    July 4, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    xman, Adriaan, Aitor: it seems there are official distributors in Germany and UK. If you want instant noodles somewhere else you need to go to specialized shops. Try to find noodles in Spain… they are not “common”.

    ale/pepino: looking forward to watch your video!

    AS: usually you don’t get the chopsticks with the cup, but if you buy it in a supermarket or convenience store they will give you the chopsticks.

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  • alafista

    July 5, 2007 at 10:36 am

    Now there are so many instant food around … instant porridge, instant noodles, they even have instant mashed potatoes.

    It will be not too soon before they come up with a chirstmas dinner than only takes 5 min.

  • Ab Vag

    July 8, 2007 at 2:59 am

    I know the instant noodles in the vending machine at my job used to come with sporks. The day the venders made us fend for ourselves in terms of plasticware was the day of war. Snickers and Monterey Jack chicken burritos flew everywhere and no one was safe.

    Ok. I made up the whole idea of weapons of mass digestion thing, but it stunk how they stopped adding in the sporks.

  • towb

    July 8, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    What’s that nifty hot water machine called? I looked on Amazon for 電気ケトル but it wasn’t among them.

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  • Orube_the_Sinner

    July 22, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    Ihih, I’m from Portugal and I can find Instant Noddles in every hipermarket…. infortunely they are very very gross….

    It’s really yucky and makes me almost vomit…

    But when you taste the “good ones”, omg, so good *___*

  • Robin

    August 26, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    I have some at home. Here in Belgium the most common are Aiki Noodles. I presume you all know those, but I haven’t seen any other kinds in the supermarkets here. They’re pretty tasty too! I prefere the Curry :p

  • siree

    October 3, 2007 at 12:56 am

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  • Ashley

    January 20, 2008 at 10:24 am

    That looks alot more delivious than the instant crap sold here.

  • Mike

    September 4, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Instant noodles got popular in Britain because a British company produced their own called “Pot Noodle”, also another company made “Super Noodles” which come in a packet like the Demae ones in Japan. There’s a few other brands now but I think the Chinese/Japanese ones you can buy in specialist shops are nicer. Super noodles are especially bad!