"I've realised my dream that noodles can go into space"
My respect and gratitude go out to Momofuku Ando, the inventor of instant ramen. He died today, but his invention remains in my heart forever (probably literally). As what the NYT article kindly refers to as a "kitchen-resistant" person, I've used ramen noodles as a staple of my diet for my entire adult life. Though I always throw away the enclosed MSG packets and use my own spices, and sometimes stir-fry in all kinds of vegetables, and thus consider it legitimate cooking.
In July 2005, the company vacuum-packed portions of instant noodles so that a Japanese astronaut, Soichi Noguchi, could have them on the space shuttle Discovery. Mr. Ando said at the time, “I’ve realized my dream that noodles can go into space.”