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The Ramen Rater Diet: Episode 2 – How I Lost 132 Pounds In 12 Months

The Ramen Rater Diet: How I lost 132 Pounds In 12 Months - EP 2

Overview

On October 18th, 2018, my doctor told me I had high cholesterol and was worried about it. I’ve been battling (and losing in the wrong way) my weight for years – as long as I can remember really. It was kind of a battle of will really. I’d get started losing weight and then a holiday or some kind of thing would derail me and I’d fall off the wagon.

I was contemplating doing something about my weight again but that talk with my doctor was the push I needed in the right direction.

A couple notes real quick: first, I don’t eat multiple bowls of noodles every day. I sample and review – so at most, I have 10% of a bowl. I wear shades because I’m legally blind and light sensitive, not because I’m trying to look cool. Being legally blind means you can see, but it’s really quite crummy vision.

The Ramen Rater Diet: Episode 1

After six months and a lot of walking and big changes, I returned to my doctor was was elated with my progress. People were noticing and commenting about it too, so I decided to make the first episode of The Ramen Rater Diet.

The Ramen Rater Diet: Episode 2

A full year later to the day, I visited my doctor. This time, I walked to the appointment. In the second episode, I outline what I’ve been doing, diet changes and all sorts of things I’ve run up against and found during this process.

Recipe

As with last time, I did another video showing how I use the Hakubaku Mochi Barley as a part of my diet. I really think this was pivotal in losing weight and especially lowering my cholesterol levels along with exercise and fish oil.

What’s Next?

Well, I’m going to keep doing what I’ve been doing. I seem to just keep losing about 11 pounds a month, and my goal is 164 pounds. That’ll be 201 pounds. Then it will be all about maintaining that weight. So I suppose there will be an episode 3 of The Ramen Rater Diet coming your way soon!

Links to things I mention using

Fitbit Inspire – Link

Hakubaku Mochi Barley – Link

Anker SoundCore (Bluetooth Speaker) – Link

UKGear Shoes – Link

Progresso Light Soups – Link

Light & Motion Lights – Link

Core Power Elite Protein Drinks – Link

Tevs Minam Sandals – Link

Bang Energy Drink – Link

N.O. Xplode – Link

#3351: Marutai Chinese Style Ramen – Japan

#3351: Marutai Chinese Style Ramen - Japan

This one was in a Ramen Trunk subscription box.These boxes are full of extremely high end varieties that you’ll never find in the United States or anywhere outside Japan! Check out this link and use coupon code RAMENRATER20OFF for 20% off any single box or subscription!

This is simply called a Chinese style ramen – don’t really know much else about it. Let’s give it a try!

Marutai Chinese Style Ramen – Japan

#3351: Marutai Chinese Style Ramen - Japan

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Probably contains meat but check for yourself. To prepare, cook 1 bundle of noodles for 3 minutes in 450ml water. Add in one of each sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Two bundles of noodles.

Two dry sachets.

Two wet oil sachets.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, scallions, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, Sichuan pepper powder, and chili oil. The noodles are just fantastic in this one. Chewy with a great texture and feel. The broth was kind of odd to me; oily and had a little saltiness and sesame taste. Seemed like something was missing. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902702008000.

#3212: Marutai Kagoshima Black Pork Tonkotsu - Japan

Marutai Kyusyu Speciality Kagoshima Berkshire Black Pork Tonkotsu Ramen 2 package set

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#3350: Nissin Miojo Cremoso Costela Barbecue – Brazil

#3350: Nissin Miojo Cremoso Costela Barbecue - Brazil

I really like it when readers send me a ton of varieties from somewhere I’ve never been able to get them before. This is one of those! I know there’s lots of cups and other brands out of Brazil to try as well. Brazilian varieties have very savory flavors, centering mostly on meat. This one’s barbecued ribs flavor! Let’s check it out.

Nissin Miojo Cremoso Costela Barbecue – Brazil

#3350: Nissin Miojo Cremoso Costela Barbecue - Brazil

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Unsure whether or not it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, cook noodles in 300ml water for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dry soup base sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added cilantro. Noodles came out well enough. Broth was more of a sauce. The smells and tastes were just plain odd; but maybe I’m just not familiar with Brazilian barbecue flavors. Fascinating but ultimately off-putting more or less to me. 1.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 7891079013243.

#3186: Nissin Miojo Nissin Lamen Light - Brazil

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#3349: No Name Beef Flavour Oriental Noodles And Soup Mix – Canada

#3349: No Name Beef Flavour Oriental Noodles And Soup Mix - Canada

Hey look – another one found at the Real Canadian Superstore up in Richmond, BC! It’s been over a month since we visited our wonderful northern neighbors. I really like Canada. It’s like a totally different country! Hoping next time we go we leave early enough to go to some shopping then head over to Stanley park. That place is neat – a beautiful park in Vancouver. Anyways, yeah – I like Canada! Let’s give this beefy beff a try.

No Name Beef Flavour Oriental Noodles And Soup Mix – Canada

#3349: No Name Beef Flavour Oriental Noodles And Soup Mix - Canada

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, I’m going to use the main dish instructions. Boil noodles in 500ml water for 3 minutes and drain. Add a pat of butter and heat, and then add sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dry sachet of soup base with little beef iconography.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added beef sauteed with soy sauce, scallions, and fried crispy garlic bits. The noodles are thinner than your average instant with a slight crumble and cheerful disposition. The beef flavor is mostly salty but it’s definitely beef. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 060383030070.

#2957: No Name Chicken Vegetable Flavour Oriental Noodles And Soup Mix

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#3348: Rooster Hot & Spicy Flavour Noodle Soup – Canada

#3348: Rooster Hot & Spicy Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

Well hello there. A Rooster pack from Canada. These are found at the Real Canadian Superstore – which is kind of like Canada’s answer to Walmart in an equally big box style. It’s a neat place – I generally get my peanut butter there as they have the 2kg jars of Kraft Crunchy and it’s so freaking cheap. Buying a couple of those defrays the cost of gas in savings compared to buying peanut butter here and it’s the best peanut butter I’ve had. Y3eah – I’m a connoisseur of peanut butter. Oatmeal too. I really freaking love peanut butter and oatmeal. Every morning. Every day.

These probably won’t be all that spicy, but what I’ve found is that they’re tasty. Let’s give em a try.

Rooster Hot & Spicy Flavour Noodle Soup – Canada

#3348: Rooster Hot & Spicy Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add moodle block to 500ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3348: Rooster Hot & Spicy Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

The noodle block.

A dry sachet of soup base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, pepper flake, baked chicken, and cilantro. Noodles are thin with a slight crumble and kind disposition. The broth does indeed have a little spicy fang to it which would be doubled with half the broth. Flavor it like a spicy lo mein – kind of strange but works well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 061483036689.

#3124: Rooster Chili Chicken Flavour Noodle Soup - Canada

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#3347: Nona Lim Spicy Miso Ramen Bowl – United States

#3347: Nona Lim Spicy Miso Ramen Bowl - United States

Here we have the last of the three bowls sent on ice by Nona Lim – thanks again! The first two were pretty good – green curry was great and the dan dan was alright – how will this one be? Let’s give it a spin in the microwave and find out!

Nona Lim Spicy Miso Ramen Bowl – United States

#3347: Nona Lim Spicy Miso Ramen Bowl - United States

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains bone broth. To prepare, put noodles in bowl and add broth on top. Microwave without lid 2~3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

What you see when you remove the cardboard sleeve.

Fresh noodle pouch.

The broth.

#3347: Nona Lim Spicy Miso Ramen Bowl - United States

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, egg, shichimi, pepper flake, and sesame seeds, The noodles came out quite nicely – good chew and texture to them I quite liked. Unfortunately, that’s where the good ended as the broth was violently acidic with a strange sort of smoky flavor just wasn’t anything remotely as the title imparted to me. Disappointing. 0.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 859792002590.

Nona Lim Heat & Sip Cups, Sampler Variety Pack – Gluten Free (10 oz, 6 Count) – Packaging May Vary

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#3346: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan – Hong Kong

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

Well, what have we here? This one contains a broad flat noodle made with rice. The straight noodle ramen variety from this range is on the 2019 Top Ten Instant Noodles Of All Time – super tasty stuff! Let’s give it a try!

Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan – Hong Kong

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp. To prepare, add in all sachets and boiling water to fill line. Cover and let steep for… Yeah – no instructions. Great. I’m going to go with 3 minutes and give it a look and if that’s not enough to hydrate the rice noodles, 5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

An included fork!

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

Rice noodle.

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

A dry sachet.

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

A powder soup base.

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

A wet sachet.

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

A thick paste.

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

A second dry sachet.

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

An interesting looking mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added shrimp, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, and pepper flake. The ho fan was just perfect after 5 minutes steeping time. Really great mouthfeel to it. The broth was just as good as can be with a bright, crisp tom yum flavor with notes of shrimp. Excellent. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 087303866922.

#3252: Sau Tao Tom Yum Kung Flavour Ho Fan - Hong Kong

Sautao Dried Mix Rice Vermicelli Non Fried (Tomyum Kung) – 3 Pack

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#3345: Peyoung Phakchi Lemon Ramen – Japan

#3345: Peyoung Phakchi Lemon Ramen - Japan

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one -“Pakuchi is what we call cilantro/coriander in Japan. This ramen features pakuchi and lemon together. Wonder how it tastes? Chances are you will be addicted to this! Pakuchi is widely used in the world, but it was not so popular in Japan until around 2015. It became popular since then and has spread to the young and old, especially among women. Big pakuchi fans are called Pakuchisto in Japan. The pakuchi mixed with the lemon peel’s bitterness creates this unique and delicious taste.”

I like coriander… When I took the Ancestry DNA test it said a trait of mine was that I thought it smelled like soap. I never thought so until it said that and now I smell and taste soap often when I used it in dishes. I’m a little annoyed by that. But I still like it.

Peyoung Phakchi Lemon Ramen – Japan

#3345: Peyoung Phakchi Lemon Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains meat. To prepare, add dry sachet and 500ml boiling water to the bowl. Cover for 3 minutes. Add in liquid sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3345: Peyoung Phakchi Lemon Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

A wet sachet of soup base.

A dry sachet of dehydrated coriander.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken, coriander, lemon slices, chili oil, and sesame seeds. Noodles are thin with a slight rigidity and crumble which was almost reminiscent of Thai varieties – almost. The broth was neat – oiliness and a strong lemon flavor abound. Coriander flavor was a little muted by the lemon, but easily detectable. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902885005384.

ぺヤングやきそば #2879: Peyoung Cho-Omori Yakisoba Half & Half Gekikara

Peyoung Yakisoba

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#3344: Nissin Miojo Lamen Sabor Frango Com Alho – Brazil

#3344: Nissin Miojo Lamen Sabor Frango Com Alho - Brazil

Brazil certainly has a myriad of flavors and instant noodles reflect those very nicely. This one, garlic chicken, sounds really good! I’d better get some chicken defrosting. Let’s check out these noodles sent by a reader!

Nissin Miojo Lamen Sabor Frango Com Alho – Brazil

#3344: Nissin Miojo Lamen Sabor Frango Com Alho - Brazil

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Unsure whether this contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to 450ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dry sachet of seasoning.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken, cilantro, scallion, and pepper flake. Noodles have a plumpness that was good. Broth was interesting; it has a light saltiness but a kind of slight smokiness and a garlic hint to it. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 7891079012970.

#3186: Nissin Miojo Nissin Lamen Light - Brazil

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#3343: Myojo Extremely Ramen Noodles Rich Miso Ramen – Japan

#3343: Myojo Rich Miso Ramen - Japan

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘This ramen has a soup base made with red and white  miso combined, and with pork bone broth and added ginger it gives a deep flavor to the miso taste. Included is a packet of special flavor oil called ‘Drop Of Rich Deliciousness’ that adds sweetness and rich flavor. Add as much or as little as you like. The toppings include a combination of diced meat, cabbage, corn, and cut leek that matched perfectly with the rich miso taste.’

I’m a little confused by this one as it does look on further research that it might be chicken shoyu? I dunno. I guess the proof will be in the tasting – miso and shoyu are definitely very different flavors, but I’m going with the descriptor from Zenpop on this one. Let’s give it a try!

Myojo Rich Miso Ramen – Japan

#3343: Myojo Rich Miso Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains meat. To prepare, add boiling water to line and cover for 3 minutes. Finally, add in sachet contents, stir, and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Loose seasoning and bits from the cup.

The fabled deliciousness sachet.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, egg, naturomaki, and chashu pork, Noodle was lackluster; a bit on the spongy side sadly. The broth was kind of odd – seemed more shoyu than miso for sure. 2.5 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902881414784.

#3133: Myojo Mellow Miso Ramen - Japan

Myojo 7Premium Instant Cup Ramen Famous restaurants”Tomita” Tonkotsu Taste 95g (Set of 4cups) Japan Import

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#3342: EDO Pack Sesame Oil Flavour Noodle – Hong Kong

#3242: EDO Pack Sesame Oil Flavour Noodle - Hong Kong

Alright so this one is made in Singapore, but it’s made for the Hong Kong market. It’s funny how products are made elsewhere for other countries, right? Well, you honestly should be used to it by now – Take the myriad of products in your home. If you have a Big Mouth Billy Bass on the wall, it’s made in China. Singing bass don’t seem like something very popular in China – could be wrong but who knows. Anyways, let’s crack this open and see what we have.

EDO Pack Sesame Oil Flavour Noodle – Hong Kong

#3242: EDO Pack Sesame Oil Flavour Noodle - Hong Kong

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles in 450ml water for 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The noodle block – non fried.

A dual sachet – dry base on the left, wet oil sachet on the right.

#3242: EDO Pack Sesame Oil Flavour Noodle - Hong Kong

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, narutomaki, egg, chashu, sesame seeds, and nanami togarashi. The noodles are plump with a nice light chew. The broth has a great salty sesame oil taste to them. Full on umami bomb. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4895058312788.

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#3341: LMF Hong Kong Chow Mein Garlic Minced Pork Flavor – China

#3341: LMF Hong Kong Chow Mein Garlic Minced Pork Flavor - China

Yet again, that awesome little store called Smart’N’Save up in Richmond, BC at the Lansdowne Centre Mall never fails to impress. They had an array of these varieties and they certainly piqued my interest.

This one is a little difficult to locate. While it’s definitely made in Shanghai, I’m unsure whether this is a product for China or for Hong Kong, or just for export. To be on the safe side, I’m just going to go with China. Don’t want to offend anyone – I know there’s a lot going on in Hong Kong recently and in the past, calling a product from China instead of correctly from Hong Kong has caused some dismay. So that being said, if I’m not getting it right, please let me know and I’ll change it. Let’s check it out!

LMF Hong Kong Chow Mein Garlic Minced Pork Flavor – China

Detail of the import/distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge).

#3341: LMF Hong Kong Chow Mein Garlic Minced Pork Flavor - China

Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Looks to b meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles for 2~3 minutes and drain. Add 2 teaspoons oil into a skillet and heat, then add noodles. Cook for 1~2 minutes and then add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

That’s a wide noodle block! I expected 4 smaller blocks in the package.

Along with two long noodle blocks are two wet sachets.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, minced pork with chopped garlic and basil, spring onion, sesame seeds, and chili flake. The noodles are very thin and carried the flavor well. Garlic and minced pork flavor was decent – not salty and carried well. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6933963802135.

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