Momofuku Ando, the Japanese inventor of instant noodles has died aged 96.

Nissin Food Products Co., the company Ando founded, said on its Web site that he died Friday after suffering a heart attack.

Ando was born in Taiwan and founded his company in 1948 from a humble family operation. Faced with food shortages in post-World War II Japan, Ando created a quality, convenient product would help feed people cheaply.

In 1958, he produced “Chicken Ramen”, the first instant noodle. Following its success, the company added other products, such as the “Cup Noodle” in 1971.

“The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum” opened in 1999 in Ikeda City in western Japan commemorating his inventions.

In his honour today I ate some Udon Noodles with chicken and prawns. I am sure it would have made him feel proud.

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