Ando was born in 1910 in Taiwan, which belonged to Japan at that time. He undertook his first business steps during his studies as a clothing manufacturer in Osaka. In 1948 he moved to the food industry. After he was not very successful at first, he achieved by the invention of instant noodles and their marketing in 1958 with his food company Nissin Food Products global commercial success. His active career he finished in 2005, till then he was company president from Nissin.
In his autobiography, he described that in a destroyed during the Second World War the city long queue in front of a snack that ramen ( a Japanese noodle dish ) offered him, gave her the idea for quick and easy -to-prepare pasta dishes. His credo was since then: "Peace prevails when food suffices. "
Ando was also chairman of the International Ramen Manufacturers' Association.
Since 1999, Momofuku Ando - Museum in Ikeda represented his life and the company's history, founded by Nissin Foods.
The British musician Elvis Costello has named his 2008 released album Momofuku Ando Momofuku after ( "Remembering Momofuku Ando ( 1910-2007 ). He fed Those Who study. ").