Instant Noodles

English Listening Lesson

Listening level: 1
Audio file: 1:47 min
Story length: 213 words


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Instant Noodles

If you ask people in Japan what’s the best thing from their country, they might say instant noodles. Sometimes called ramen, instant noodles are enjoyed around the world. Where did they come from?

The history of instant noodles begins in Japan in 1957.

Momofuku Ando was 47 years old. At that time, Japan was not a developed country. Some people didn’t have enough food to eat.

Ando wanted to make a new food. It should be easy to make and not cost a lot of money. He wanted to make instant noodles. For one year, he tried to make it. Nothing worked. One day, something good happened. He put noodles in hot oil. It worked well. They became easy to eat after sitting in hot water for a few minutes. He found a way to make instant noodles.

People in Japan loved them. Five years later, he went to America. Some business people tried his instant noodles. He watched them eat and saw something interesting.

The Americans put noodles in a cup. That gave Ando another idea: cup noodles. In 1971, he made instant noodles in a cup. It was a big seller.

Ando died in 2007. Many people remember Ando as the man who created a new and special Japanese food. And it all started with a man and an idea.

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1 thought on “Instant Noodles

  1. This story is a short one and also a very interesting one. I really appreciated it because I could enjoy it with my student in his car during his commute.

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