Exactly half a century ago, Japanese entrepreneur Momofuku Ando invented an instant dish which could be eaten in its own packaging container after just adding hot water, forever revolutionizing the food industry, as millions of packets of the products continue to be sold daily.

The preparation was first marketed as cup noodles on Sep. 18, 1971, and went on to become Ando's biggest achievement as part of his quest to mass produce affordable and easy-to-eat food in post-war Japan. EFE