While browsing for alternative activities in Osaka, I came across an interesting write-up about an instant ramen museum not very far from the city. It was on a lazy Sunday morning when I decided to visit the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum in Ikeda, a quiet neighborhood about 35 minutes from downtown Osaka. I figured this was a perfect way to beat the swelling peak season crowd in the city. It would also be interesting to know the evolution the instant ramen has gone through over the years. These, and of course, a chance to create my very own cup noodles. Yup, a customized cup of umami goodness – from designing the container to selecting the toppings and soup base – all for just JPY 300 (PhP 112). Awesome! My inner Martha Stewart was thrilled.
Once inside the building, I headed straight to the My Cup Noodle Factory. The crowd was starting to build up that morning so I decided to check the museum last. While I was in line to buy the cup, the ushers were also busy explaining (in Japanese) the process going on in each section of the factory. No English translations were available but the whole process wasn’t really that difficult to follow. After securing a cup from the coin-operated dispenser, one of the ushers then put a lid for cover and directed me to a table where I did the design together with other participants. Colored markers were provided.
The entire process of packaging the noodles was demonstrated in an interactive gallery which you need to line up for. You will also be asked to select three toppings and the soup base for your noodles. I chose curry as base and the weird combination of cheese, beef, and shrimp for the toppings!
After the packaging, you have the option to place your noodles in an air-tight plastic bag. Skip this if you’re taking the cup noodles with you back home. The change in air pressure inside the plane might damage your work of art. 🙂
How to go there: