Wu Baifu (Go Pek-hok) was born in Japanese-era Taiwan on 5 March 1910 to his father, Wu Shiyu, and his mother, Wu Qianlu. His parents died when he was young, so he was raised by his grandparents. He attended economics courses at Ritsumeikan University in Osaka where he also operated a clothing business.
After World War II, Baifu chose to remain a Japanese subject in order to keep his ancestral properties in Taiwan, although he remained in Japan. After serving two years in jail for tax evasion, he founded a small salt-producing business which later became known as Nissin Food Products. Because of the reasons why bread was consumed in post-war Japan more than noodles, Baifu also invented instant noodles and put them on the market starting with Chikin Ramen on 25 August 1958.
After two previous marriages to Taiwanese women, Baifu married Masako Ando in Osaka in 1948. He became a Japanese citizen in 1966, adopting the name of Momofuku Ando. Momofuku is the Japanese reading of the given name Baifu, and Ando was his wife's surname.
In 1971, Momofuku created Cup Noodles, which became popular worldwide. Prices for instant noodles dropped due to higher demands over time. Momofuku lived a long life before dying on 5 January 2007. It was said that he ate instant noodles every day until his death.
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On 12 Jan 2019 at 13:50 GMT Nicolas LaPointe wrote: