Before Momofuku Ando released his groundbreaking Cup Noodle in 1971, he first went on a fact-finding mission to America. In the foreign land, he found out that the Americans were taking his previous invention, the chicken noodle, breaking it in half, and putting it in a cup instead of a bowl. This is, or at least this is what’s said to be, where he got the inspiration to create Nissin’s Cup Noodle, which would be enjoyed by people all around the world.
Now, almost exactly 48 years later, Nissin is once again releasing what may perhaps be another groundbreaking invention — a fork. But what’s so special about this fork?
Nissin teamed up with design firm nendo, who created an obsessively designed fork based on hours of user observation. Based on the angle of the arm and the shape of the Cup Noodle dish, nendo derived the optimal angle – 128 degrees – for scooping up noodles. But they didn’t stop there. The tip and sides of the fork are the exact same angle as the circular cup that holds the noodle. Small bumps along the teeth of the fork to help hook noodles. The fork itself is shaped like a small pocket to catch toppings and just the right amount of soup. The handle of the fork is not only ergonomically designed but it also has ribbed backside which acts as a clip to secure the lid while you’re waiting for the hot water to cook the noodles. Then they created one for both lefties and righties.
The limited edition of 3000 forks will come with any set of 3 or 5 cup noodles (625 – 726 yen) [$5.77 - $6.71] and will be available on Nissin’s website starting October 30, 2019 at 10:00 AM Japan time.
What are your thoughts about this one?
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