This Ramen Is Made By a Machine That Takes Up The Length of a Room

A noodle is a noodle is a noodle—right? No way, dude. Though the ingredients are few, the process to make ramen is nuanced. It can (obviously) be done by hand, but Sun Noodle HQ has the help of a long machine that mixes dough into balls, flattens it into sheets, rolls it like toilet paper, and cuts it into all… » 7/16/14 6:16pm 7/16/14 6:16pm

It's Hard To Imagine A Classier Ad For Cup Noodles

There's a special place in most of our hearts for instant ramen. Whether you have no time, no money, or no will to live, Cup Noodles is a comforting Styrofoam haven in a cruel world. But it's definitely associated with sterile corporate break rooms and bare-mattress-on-the-floor apartments more than pastel animations… » 10/20/13 11:29am 10/20/13 11:29am

You've Been Using Your Keurig Coffee Machine Wrong All Along

Everyone except coffee snobs who hate themselves appreciate the convenience and enormous carbon footprint of the Keurig coffee machine. Just press a button—it's like Star Trek, sort of! But more importantly, it's perfect for ramen. Everything changes. » 3/14/13 3:43pm 3/14/13 3:43pm

The Humble Origins of Instant Ramen: From Ending World Hunger to Space…

About 4,000 of the 5,000 terrible cliches about instant ramen begin with starving college students. As Karen Leibowitz explains in Lucky Peach, Momofuku Ando didn't aim to stuff hungry co-eds with his creation—he wanted to end world hunger. » 6/22/11 1:00pm 6/22/11 1:00pm

This Ramen-Making Machine Can Feed an Entire City

Manna may have come from heaven, but ramen comes from machines. In eight hours, Bullex's Bigger Automatic Instant Noodle Production Line produces nearly a quarter million bags of noodles. Enough to feed the citizens of Springfield, Illinois two (literal) squares a day—just like instant ramen's creator intended. » 6/22/11 12:30pm 6/22/11 12:30pm

Man Eats and Reviews 4,308 Bowls of Ramen

Since 1997, a man has been keeping detailed track of his instant noodle consumption. Such detailed track, in fact, that you can read reviews of the 4,308 types of noodles he's eaten on his website. » 2/23/10 1:20am 2/23/10 1:20am

Put Those Chopsticks Down! It's a Trap!

Your "friend" who brought you those "special" ramen packets straight from Japan? He's not your friend. That's Soap Ramen and Sponge Cup Noodles Ramen by Takara Tomy—out this month overseas for an unknown price. [TakaraTomy via AkihabaraNews] » 2/01/10 8:45am 2/01/10 8:45am

RC Ramen Noodle Cart Is Just...So...Stupid

Finally, you have something for your cool RC cars to smash into while executing your meticulously planned car chase simulation through the streets of Yokohama. » 9/11/09 3:30pm 9/11/09 3:30pm

Momozon Robot Ramen: 40 Million Ramen Flavors Made by a Robot

I'll take six of the $200,000 ramen-making robots Yoshihira Uchida built for his noodle shop Momozono Robot Ramen. The robot crafts completely customized ramen broth—there are over 40 million flavor possibilities you can configure. Mmmmm. » 7/06/09 9:40am 7/06/09 9:40am

The Personal-Sized Cup Noodle Vending Machine

Building an entire mini dispenser around the preparation and distribution of Cup Noodle may seem, shall we say, redundantly redundant, but we can appreciate the mechanics all the same. » 1/20/09 3:15pm 1/20/09 3:15pm

Smallest Ramen Bowl in the World

According to legend, University of Tokyo professor Masayuki Nakao was bitten by a radioactive ramen bowl when he was a kid, which gave him the ability to spit 1-micron-wide bowls made out of silicon—full of dozens of 20-nanometer-think carbon noodles floating in an ethanol soup—at supersonic speeds. Or maybe he did… » 5/29/08 9:30am 5/29/08 9:30am

Sony's X-Ramen Rader Finds Hot Noodles Wherever You Are

Here's an unexpected product from Sony: ramen radar. Yeah, it's a piece of software designed to help you find a ramen noodle shop wherever you are. Now, as someone who's gone on the record about his near-obsession with ramen, this sounds pretty amazing to me, albeit also kind of ridiculous. The X-Ramen Radar works by… » 11/01/07 1:42pm 11/01/07 1:42pm

Japanese Rube Goldberg Machine Makes Ramen in Six Long Minutes

While this bowl of Ramen may not be instant &mdash just the way Adam Frucci likes 'em &mdash its creation is utterly, butterly wonderful, if a tad long-winded. Six minutes in the making, this Japanese Rube Goldberg-esque machine uses skittles, model cars and what looks like miniature junk sails to make a bowl of… » 10/22/07 6:27am 10/22/07 6:27am

Auto-Ramen Restaurants are a Traveler's Best Friend

Traveling in Japan without speaking any Japanese is surprisingly easy, thanks in part to many bilingual signs, an amazing train system and friendly people, but also because of one of my favorite discoveries here: auto-ramen restaurants. These are different than buying ramen from a vending machine, which, while… » 10/18/07 2:00pm 10/18/07 2:00pm

The Vending-Machine Ramen Taste Test

Here in Japan, if you want a hot cup of ramen noodles in soup, you don't need to go to a restaurant or even to your kitchen. No, you just need about $2.50, a lack of respect for your taste buds, and to be near a vending machine. That's right: you can get hot ramen in a can from a vending machine. Sound gross? It is. I… » 10/16/07 11:00am 10/16/07 11:00am

Ramen Fan: The 10-Year Anniversary

The ramen fan is probably as old as some of you readers out there, but we'll call it the 10th anniversary of this thing and give it a go anyway. I enjoy a nice hot cup of cup ramen every morning (not the best ramen, but I'm lazy), so having a fan cool down my noodles is a fantastic idea. Would I pay $5.99 at a cheap… » 9/24/07 2:45pm 9/24/07 2:45pm

Ramen Noodle Cup Timer

Because I am a poor, malnourished student, I have become one with the ramen noodles. Unfortunately I burn the hell out of my mouth because I am so eager to feed my mouth with scorching hot noodles. This ramen noodle cup timer is really just a basic timer. Dump the boiling water into the cup of noodles and place on the… » 12/29/06 12:47pm 12/29/06 12:47pm

Japanese Ramen Timer Cap

If you're like us, when you make Cup O' Noodles, you're either digging in way too early, which makes for a hard, bleachy feel, or way too late, which makes the noodles too soggy. » 6/23/06 8:05pm 6/23/06 8:05pm