The Cup Noodle Museum was a place I had always heard about where you could learn not just about the origin of Cup Noodles but also able to decorate your own cup and select a total of three flavours to put inside.
The ticket is really cheap as it is only ¥500. You can select spending 20 minutes in the MY Cupnoodles Factory to customise your cup and then selecting the ingredients you want to use and an additional hour in the Chicken Ramen Factory to learn how the noodles are made and you can try and do it yourself.
You can see the display of cup noodles from around the world including Thailand, Vietnam, Korea and more.
Apparently there are over 3000 product packages of noodles around the world and how it grew into a global food culture.
The 20 minutes is enough and you must pay an additional ¥300 per cup to customise your Cup Noodle. Me and my friend customised ours like this (she did an additional one for her boyfriend).
This is the final look for our cup noodles. You can draw anywhere but not the top and bottom of the packaging for the expiry date.
Before or after you can view at the Instant Noodles History Cube who the creator of Instant Ramen is. Momofuku Ando’s history, quotes and ways of first creating ramen are also displayed here.
I found out Cup Noodles (1971) were his second invention while his first was actually Chicken Ramen (1958). The Momofuku Theater and the Ando story are quite interesting to explore.
The museum holds a recreation of Momofuku’s work shed where he apparently created his first noodle invention.
Supposedly the message is ”without any special equipment, it is possible to create world changing inventions with ordinary tools.” Honestly Momofuku Ando’s museum is filled with a majority of supportive quotes for people who easily want to give up and it’s quite inspiring to me.
Noodle Bazaar (World Noodles Road):
The noodle bar has eight variety of noodles from around the world that you can try. It is ¥300 per meal and it’s half size. The first one we tried was Vietnam’s Pho.
Indonesia’s Mie Goreng was probably my favourite. Though it is only half size, it was still the best one to eat in my opinion.
Malaysian’s Laksa was ok but it tasted quite similar to the Tom Yum Goong and I feel like I just got the same thing without the lemon inside.
I thoroughly enjoyed going to the Cup Noodle Museum even though it is short. I would definitely go again for the hour slot to learn more about how they are made. Even eating the one that I selected the ingredients for was quite nice. But next time I want to select different ingredients and go with other friends to explore a bit more.