2012年03月09日

'Cupnoodles' was invented by 'Ando Momofuku' the founder of Nissin Food Products Co.,Ltd. in 1971 and it now sells in 80 countries around the world.

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The world's first instant 'ramen', as shown in the second picture, came on the scene in Osaka by the name of 'chicken ramen' in 1958. Ando Momofuku,the inventer of this product, had strived to export it to many countries adding various ways and means to it and finally reached the invention of 'cupnoodles' in 1971.
Unlike 'chicken ramen', 'cupnoodles' requires no bowl and 'hashi' chop sticks, and so is by far easier to be prepared. This noodles has about 20 varieties in Japan, some of which are shown in the first picture.
As almost all of the cupnoodles' patents have already expired, various kinds of makers around the world produce many cupnoodle-like instant noodles.
In addition, there is 'Cupnoodle museum' in Yokohama, which was built in memory of Ando Momofuku. His great footprint on the development of instant ramen varieties can be studied here.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2012年01月30日

'Yakisoba' fried noodles is a light meal native to Japan, even though they originally came from a Chinese chow mien noodles.

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It is likely that 'yakisoba' fried noodles originated from fried Chinese noodles cooked on a hot iron plate at an open-air street stall in a state of disorder right after the end of the second World War.
As it is based on Chow-mien in China, the same sort of food can be found not only in Asian countries but also even in Europe,however Japan's 'yakisoba' is so peculiar as it is never served at a restaurant but is served with the plastic vessel in the first picture as a snack at a street stall or a service area, and is also well known as a leading barbecue menu item.
It is roughly sorted into three different tastes, that is, a taste of Worcester sauce, soy-sauce and salt.
Many kinds of instant 'yakisoba' from many makers,one of which is shown in the second picture,also can be found at supermarkets and a convenience stores across the country.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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2012年01月25日

'Okosama lunch', a special menu item for kids, was served for the first time at the main restaurant of 'Mitsukoshi' department store in Nihonbashi,Tokyo in 1930.

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'Okosama lunch' is commonly served at family restaurants or large-scale restaurants for children under ten years old. Although called a lunch, it is served even at suppertime in most cases.
A small portion of the rice and several kinds of garnishings in favor with children, such as a hamburger, fried prawn and deep-fried chicken, are decoratively arranged together on one plate. A tiny national flag chosen from one of many countries on the top of the rice is a rule.
As it is a special menu item for kids, that requires an elaborate preparation and is reasonably priced, an adult may not be allowed to have this menu item.
The detail of this special menu varies from restaurant to restaurant, resulting in the wide range of varieties of 'okosama lunch' across the country. They are always designed to attract kids with popular comic characters on the plate as shown in the picture.
Some restaurants in Japan even feature their own 'okosama lunch'.

Posted by the licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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