Woman behind Indomie noodle’s iconic “mi goreng” flavour dies at 59
Tributes have poured out for Nunuk Nuraini, who worked as a flavour development manager at the cult favourite Indonesian brand Indomie noddles for nearly 30 years.
Many thanked her for her “legacy”, one calling her a “non-cape wearing hero”.
Indomie has become almost synonymous with instant noodles in Indonesia, where many have grown up eating the popular brand.
But it has in recent years also become a global hit, finding popularity not just across South East Asia but also Australia and Nigeria.
However, even though the brand now offers dozens of flavours, its “mi goreng” or fried noodle flavour, has consistently remained its most popular.
One social media user called Nunuk Nuraini the “Mother of Indomie”, adding that she created the “most beautiful work”.
we just lost Mrs. Nunuk Nuraini, the genius flavor developer of people's beloved instant noodles 'Indomie' today. may her soul rest in love and her legacies will definitely forever live on. you are truly a legend for indonesians. pic.twitter.com/IDn8M682a2
— gustirapi (@gustirapi) January 27, 2021
Others posted pictures of their own Indomie creations online. This caption in Indonesian reads: “My mainstay menu, fried egg, meatball and Indomie. Thank you Nunuk, you are a hero in our hearts.”
According to local news outlets quoting Indofood – the company which owns the noodle brand – Nuraini passed away on Wednesday afternoon.
The reason behind her death was not clear, though a spokesman said she had “returned peacefully to Allah”.
A Kompas news report said she had worked on various other Indomie flavours, including green chilli and salted egg.
According to Indomie, it launched its first ever instant noodle, the Indomie Chicken flavour, in 1971. In 1982, it launched its “mi goreng” flavour – its first dry noodle variant inspired by the Indonesian fried noodle dish.