Google Doodle Honors Maker of Every College Student's Favorite Food

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If you logged on to search for something on Google this morning and found yourself staring at today's doodle scratching your head, you're probably not alone. Just who is that cute old guy surrounded by yummy noodles? Well, the graphic pays homage to Ramen and Cup Noodle inventor Momofuku Ando, on what would have been his 105th birthday. 


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While we're accustomed to seeing the three-minute noodles, a perennial favorite among college kids, just about everywhere, they were a real game-changer when Ando introduced them back in 1958. 

Though it might seem like a fairly simple creation, coming up with the popular noodle was trickier than you'd think. Striving to strike the perfect balance between quick-cooking ability and taste was a challenge.

So who did Ando turn to for help? His wife, of course. She figured out that the secret to preventing the noodles from turning mushy mid-boil was to spray them with chicken soup and fry them in tempura oil first, according to Time

Wow, thanks, Google, without that graphic we probably wouldn't know the history behind the ubiquitous pasta! And for those who think Ramen and Cup noodles aren't good for your health, Ando, who passed away at the age of 96, credited his Chicken Ramen, coupled with lots of golf, for his longevity. 

What's your favorite way to eat Ramen noodles? 

Image via Google

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