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Chicken Ramen
A bowl of Nissin Chikin Ramen with serving suggestion of green onions and a raw egg in the centre
Produced byNissin Foods

Nissin Chikin Ramen (日清チキンラーメン, Nisshin Chikin Rāmen), or Nissin Chicken Ramen,[1] is a noodle brand and the first marketed brand of Japanese instant noodles produced by Nissin Foods since 1958. It was invented by Momofuku Ando after he learned how to cook tempura in his house in Ikeda, Osaka.[2] The product is sold in Japan with small amounts exported overseas by distributors.[citation needed]


Instant noodles were invented by Japanese inventor Momofuku Ando in Japan, and first marketed on 25 August 1958 by Ando's company, Nissin, under the brand name Chikin Ramen.[3] Ando developed the production method of flash frying noodles after they had been made, creating the "instant" noodle. This dried the noodles and gave them a longer shelf life, even exceeding that of frozen noodles. Each noodle block was pre-seasoned and sold for 35 yen. Initially, due to its price and novelty, Chikin Ramen was considered a luxury item, as Japanese grocery stores typically sold fresh noodles for one-sixth their price.[4][5] Despite this, instant noodles eventually gained immense popularity, especially after being promoted by Mitsubishi Corporation.[6]


Unlike Nissin's other noodles, the ramen does not have seasoning packets but flavoring contained within the noodle itself.[7]


See also


  1. ^ "Brands".
  2. ^ "Our Founder".
  3. ^ "Meet Momofuku Ando, inventor of Ramen Noodles". 18 October 2012.[self-published source]
  4. ^ Beech, Hannah (13 November 2006). "Momofuku Ando". Time. Archived from the original on August 29, 2008.
  5. ^ "Nissin Foods – About Us". Archived from the original on 2007-10-24.
  6. ^ "Inventor of the Week Archive: Momofuku Ando". MIT. Archived from the original on 2007-12-26.
  7. ^ "Noodle #3: Nissin's Original Chicken Ramen". Punkednoodle. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2015.