Instant Noodle Consumption

Nowhere are instant noodles consumed more than in Asia. But which Asian country loves instant noodles the most?


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Map of the instant noodle consumption in Asia.

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Instant noodles were invented in Japan by Momofuku Ando, the founder of Nissin. In 1958, the first instant noodles were available in stores in Japan. They were sold by Nissin under the name Chikin Ramen. Instant noodles are pre-cooked, dried noodles with flavouring powder and/or seasoning oil. Nowadays there are numerous instant noodles brands, but Nissin is still one of the major producers of instant noodles.

Today, instant noodles are still very popular the world over. For many it was a regular meal when they were short on money during college or uni. Or a quick lunch option from the convenience store during work. They’re usually low-priced and easy and quick to eat, by just adding hot water.

Although popular throughout the world, there is one continent where people love instant noodles more than any other part of the world: Asia. The 10 biggest consumers of instant noodles are Asian countries, consuming many times more than other parts of the world. South Korea (79.8) and Vietnam (72.2) consume far more instant noodles per capita than any other country.

So, if Asian countries are the biggest consumers of instant noodles, who are the biggest consumers of instant noodles outside of Asia? Those are New Zealand (17.7) and Australia (17.1).

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