Press Release

Press Release

Electric Noodle Cooker Developed for Commercial Kitchens(Easily Untangles Noodles for Even Boiling)

February 17, 2011
Chubu Electric Power Co.,Inc.
Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc.
Nichiwa Electric Corporation

Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. (President and Director: Akihisa Mizuno; Location: 1, Higashi-shincho, Higashi-ku, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture), Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc. (President: Masataka Shimizu; Location: 1-1-3, Uchisaiwai-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) and Nichiwa Electric Corporation (President: Toru Okada; Location: 12-5, Technopark, Sanda, Hyogo Prefecture) have jointly developed an electric noodle cooker for commercial kitchens.
The product will begin sales in July this year from Nichiwa Electric Corporation.

Ramen shops, Chinese restaurants, company cafeterias and other commercial kitchens typically use noodle cookers capable of boiling at least two bundles of noodles at a time. Because conventional electric noodle cookers (below, "conventional products") have not been able to adjust heat output, they could not adjust the convection of hot water based on noodle thickness or quantity. So noodles may not become untangled during boiling, making it necessary to stir the noodles with chopsticks to ensure even boiling.

The new jointly developed electric noodle cooker (below, "newly developed product") has improved heater cover holes for directing water jets and has added a heat output adjustment function. As a result, the convection of hot water causes the noodles to float and rotate in the strainer basket, which untangles them, making it possible to get even boiling without stirring with chopsticks.
If the heat output is set in advance based on thickness and quantity of the noodles to be cooked, anyone can easily boil noodles just by managing the boiling time.

In an industry first, moreover, it is possible to cook noodles in a tank on just one side of the cooker for those hours when the kitchen has few orders. This can save energy and reduce running costs by about 40% in the case of fresh ramen noodles and about 20% for frozen udon noodles, as compared to a conventional product.


[Major Features]

(1) Easily untangles noodles for even boiling

Improvements to the heater cover (patent applied for) and the addition of a heat output adjustment function make it possible to easily boil noodles evenly.

(2) Lower running costs

Reduces running costs by cooking noodles in a tank on just one side of the cooker for hours when the kitchen has few orders, an industry first (patent applied for).



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