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#3203: Mama Pat’s Chicken Fajita Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles – United States

#3203: Mama Pat's Chicken Fajita Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States

Here’s something new from MAma Pat’s – cups! I recently reviewed the chicken taco variety and was disappointed that they removed the vegetable sachets from their packs. Well, they’re still in these cups and that should be interesting. Let’s give it a try!

Mama Pat’s Chicken Fajita Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles – United States

#3203: Mama Pat's Chicken Fajita Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in sachet contents and boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3~5 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3203: Mama Pat's Chicken Fajita Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3203: Mama Pat's Chicken Fajita Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States

An included fork!

#3203: Mama Pat's Chicken Fajita Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States

The noodle block.

#3203: Mama Pat's Chicken Fajita Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States

A dry sachet.

#3203: Mama Pat's Chicken Fajita Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States

A light powder.

#3203: Mama Pat's Chicken Fajita Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States

A vegetables sachet.

#3203: Mama Pat's Chicken Fajita Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States

A mixture of vegetable flake.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, grilled chicken, Cholula hot sauce and black sesame seeds. Noodles have a round shape and after 4 minutes we reasonably hydrated. They didn’t seem to work with the broth as well as I’d hoped. Broth has a chicken and smoky taste to it which was unique and interesting. Vegetables worked alright. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 757170500181.

#3203: Mama Pat's Chicken Fajita Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States

Mama Pats Instant Ramen Noodles

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Mama Pat’s Instant Ramen Noodles From The USA!

Mama Pat's Instant Ramen Noodles From The USA!

If you want to try something a little different, today we have an Unboxing Time With The Ramen Rater for a California-based range that you might not have heard about. These are Mama Pat’s Instant Ramen Noodles from a guy named Chef Ron. It’s been his mission to make lower sodium instant noodles for a while and so without further ado, let’s take a look! By the way you can find them at http://bit.ly/mamapats

Mama Pat’s Instant Ramen Noodles From The USA!

#2554: Yum-Mie Instant Noodles Beef In Light Soup Flavour

#2554: Yum-Mie Instant Noodles Beef In Light Soup Flavour - Ghana - The Ramen Rater

This one was sent to me by Chef Ron of Mama Pat’s Foods – thanks again! This is the first Yum-Mie variety I’ve ever tried and  hails from Ghana, a country in Africa. Really like the name ‘Yum-Mie!’Here’s a little about Ghana –

Ghanaian cuisine is the cuisine of the Ghanaian people. Ghanaian main dishes are organized around a starchy staple food, with which goes a sauce or soup containing a protein source. The main ingredient for the vast majority of soups and stews is tomatoes. Tinned or fresh tomatoes can be used. Nearly all Ghanaian soups and stews are red or orange in appearance as a result.

The typical staple foods in the southern part of Ghana include cassava and plantain. In the northern part, the main staple foods include millet and sorghum. Yam, maize and beans are used across Ghana as staple foods. Sweet potatoes and cocoyam are also important in the Ghanaian diet and cuisine. With the advent of globalization, crops such as rice and wheat have been increasingly incorporated into Ghanaian cuisine. The foods below represent Ghanaian dishes made out of these staple foods.

Most Ghanaian side dishes are served with a stew, soup or a spicy condiment made from raw red and green chilies, onions and tomatoes (pepper sauce). Ghanaian stews and soups are quite sophisticated, with liberal and delicate use of exotic ingredients, a wide variety of flavours, spices and textures.

Vegetables such as palm nuts, peanuts, cocoyam leaves, ayoyo, spinach, wild mushroom, okra, garden eggs (eggplant), tomatoes and various types of pulses are the main ingredients in Ghanaian soups and stews and in the case of pulses, may double as the main protein ingredient.

Beef, pork, goat, lamb, chicken, smoked turkey, tripe, dried snails, and fried fish are common sources of protein in Ghanaian soups and stews, sometimes mixing different types of meat and occasionally fish into one soup. Soups are served as a main course rather than a starter. It is also common to find smoked meat, fish and seafood in Ghanaian soups and stews.

Meat, mushrooms and seafood may be smoked, salted or dried for flavour enhancement and preservation. Salt fish is widely used to flavour fish based stews. Spices such as thyme, garlic, onions, ginger, peppers, curry, basil, nutmeg, sumbala, Tetrapleura tetraptera (prekese) and bay leaf are delicately used to achieve the exotic and spicy flavours that characterizes Ghanaian cuisine.

Palm oil, coconut oil, shea butter, palm kernel oil and peanut oil are important Ghanaian oils used for cooking or frying and may sometime not be substituted in certain Ghanaian dishes. For example, using palm oil in okro stew, eto, fante fante,[1] red red, egusi stew and mpihu/mpotompoto (similar to Poi).[2] Coconut oil, palm kernel oil and shea butter have lost their popularity for cooking in Ghana due to the introduction of refined oils and negative Ghanaian media adverts targeted at those oils. They are now mostly used in few traditional homes, for soap making and by commercial (street food) food vendors as a cheaper substitute to refined cooking oils.

Common Ghanaian soups are groundnut soup,[3] light (tomato) soup,[3] kontomire (taro leaves) soup, Palm Nut Soup,[4] ayoyo soup and okra soup.

Ghanaian tomato stew or gravy is a stew that is often served with rice or waakye. Other vegetable stews are made with kontomire, garden eggs, egusi (pumpkin seeds), spinach, okra, etc.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a variety touting a ‘light soup.’ Let’s see what this Yum-Mie variety has to offer.

Yum-Mie Instant Noodles Beef In Light Soup Flavour – Ghana

#2554: Yum-Mie Instant Noodles Beef In Light Soup Flavour - Ghana - The Ramen Rater

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 250ml boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Flip over noodles and cook until water is mostly soaked up. Add in sachet contents, stir,m and enjoy. Alternately as a soup method (which seems like it would be the main method since it mentions the light soup on the front): add noodle block to 350ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2554: Yum-Mie Instant Noodles Beef In Light Soup Flavour - Ghana - The Ramen Rater

The noodle block.

#2554: Yum-Mie Instant Noodles Beef In Light Soup Flavour - Ghana - The Ramen Rater

A dual sachet.

#2554: Yum-Mie Instant Noodles Beef In Light Soup Flavour - Ghana - The Ramen Rater

Chilli powder.

#2554: Yum-Mie Instant Noodles Beef In Light Soup Flavour - Ghana - The Ramen Rater

Soup base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added beef and crushed red pepper flake. The noodles had more backbone than I’d expect. They are abundant and have a sturdier chew than many. The broth has a salty beef taste to it; not one that seems entirely artificial. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 6034000181227.

#2554: Yum-Mie Instant Noodles Beef In Light Soup Flavour - Ghana - The Ramen Rater

The Ghana Cookbook

A great video of the factory where this and other instant product varieties are produced

#2502: Indomie Instant Noodles Onion Chicken Flavor

#2502: Indomie Instant Noodles Onion Chicken Flavor

Here’s one sent by Chef Ron from Mama Pat’s Foods – thank you! So I’ve reviewed a LOT of Indomie in the past, yet it’s hard to come by new varieties to try. Luckily, here’s the first of hopefully more from Indomie’s product line from Nigeria! As far as continents go, Africa has been just the toughest for me to get varieties from. Here’s a little about Indomie from Wikipedia –

Indomie is a brand of instant noodle by Indofood, the largest instant noodle manufacturer in Indonesia with 72% of market share.[1] It is distributed in Australia, Asia, Africa, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and European and Middle Eastern countries. Outside its main manufacturing plants in Indonesia, Indomie is also produced in Nigeria since 1995 where it is a popular brand and has the largest instant noodle manufacturing plant in Africa.

Let’s have a try at this onion chicken flavor instant and see how it is.

Indomie Instant Noodles Onion Chicken Flavor – Nigeria

#2502: Indomie Instant Noodles Onion Chicken Flavor

Here’s a big distributor sticker from the back of the package (click to enlarge).

#2502: Indomie Instant Noodles Onion Chicken Flavor

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free although mentions chicken flavor. To prepare add noodle block to 250ml boiling water and cook 2 minutes. Flip noodles, add contents of sachets, and cook until water is soaked by noodles. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2502: Indomie Instant Noodles Onion Chicken Flavor

The noodle block.

#2502: Indomie Instant Noodles Onion Chicken Flavor

A dual sachet.

#2502: Indomie Instant Noodles Onion Chicken Flavor

Chilli powder atop the seasoning base.

#2502: Indomie Instant Noodles Onion Chicken Flavor

Seasoned oil.

#2502: Indomie Instant Noodles Onion Chicken Flavor

Oily and seasoned.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added baked chicken and egg. I was really stoked on this one; then I had to cook it… I will say that I love these noodles – a little thicker gauge and a nice chew. However the flavor is just so unpalatable and salty that it just ruins it. Could be so much better if it wasn’t such an onslaught of saltiness. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 089886130010.

#2502: Indomie Instant Noodles Onion Chicken Flavor

Nigerian Onion Chicken I n d o m i e  Noodles 40 packs

An I n d o m i e Nigeria advert.

Mama Pat’s Sends Varieties From Africa!

Chef Ron wanted me to try some varieties from Africa and find out how his varieties stack up against them. So I figured, why not?

Mama Pat’s Sends Varieties From Africa!

Lotsa bubble wrap.

Hey awesome (click to enlarge) – Indomie from Nigeria – been wanting to try this!

I think the Lele on the left is from Ghana and the Yum-Mie on the right from Nigeria (click to enlarge).

Finally, of course he put in a pack of his own (click to enlarge)! Thank you very much – I’ll let you know what I think soon!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2411: Mama Pat’s Chicken Fajita Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles

Meet The Manufacturer: #2411: Mama Pat's Chicken Fajita Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - UUnited States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Today, we bid a fond farewell to Mama Pat’s Foods as the Meet The Manufacturer will be ending. Chef Ron informed me though that there will be cups and new flavors coming, so we’ll just say until next time. So chicken fajitas – here’ Wikipedia on the fajita:

A fajita (/fəˈhtə/; Spanish: [faˈxita]) is a term found in Tex-Mex cuisine,[2] commonly referring to any grilled meat usually served as a taco on a flour or corn tortilla. The term originally refers to the cut of beef in the dish which is skirt steak.[3] Popular meats today also include chicken, pork, shrimp, lamb and all cuts of beef, as well as vegetables instead of meat.[4][5] In restaurants, the meat is usually cooked with onions and bell peppers. Popular condiments are shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, pico de gallo, cheese, and tomato. The northern Mexican variant of the dish name is Arrachera.

Alright – so let’s check out the last of the Mama Pat’s – the chicken fajita variety!

Mama Pat’s Chicken Fajita Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles – United States

Meet The Manufacturer: #2411: Mama Pat's Chicken Fajita Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - UUnited States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 2 cups of boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Take off heat and add sachet contents and let sit for 1 minute. Stir and enjoy! To make the fruit drink: add sachet contents to 8 ounces water (I’m going with cold water). Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2411: Mama Pat's Chicken Fajita Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - UUnited States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2411: Mama Pat's Chicken Fajita Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - UUnited States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The soup base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2411: Mama Pat's Chicken Fajita Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - UUnited States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A light powder.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2411: Mama Pat's Chicken Fajita Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - UUnited States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The vegetables sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2411: Mama Pat's Chicken Fajita Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - UUnited States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Has a bright scent to it.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2411: Mama Pat's Chicken Fajita Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - UUnited States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The included drink mix sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2411: Mama Pat's Chicken Fajita Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - UUnited States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The drink (click to enlarge)! Definitely lemonade. Has a decent tart and sweet kind of taste to it.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added red bell pepper, baked chicken, cilantro and shredded colby jack cheese. As with the other varieties, the noodles came up nicely with a good texture and soft chew. The broth was interesting; it had a nice tanginess to it I really didn’t expect and was very good. It was a lightly spicy kind of tangy chicken. The vegetables did very well hydrating and it all  comes together well! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 728028430950.

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You’d be very surprised at what happens in this grocery store during Mama Pat’s Foods demos!! Watching this makes you want to go shopping all the time!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2410: Mama Pat’s Lamb Stew Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles

Meet The Manufacturer: #2410: Mama Pat's Lamb Stew Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Today, it’s lamb stew! So I really never have had lamb stew, nor really cooked lamb very often. I thought though I ought to at least make an attempt, and so today I’m going to sous vide up some lamb to go along with the noodles. But as for stew, let’s see what wikipedia has to say:

A stew is a combination of solid foodingredients that have been cooked in liquid and served in the resultant gravy. Ingredients in a stew can include any combination of vegetables (such as carrots, potatoes, onions, beans, peppers and tomatoes) or meat, especially tougher meats suitable for slow-cooking, such as beef. Poultry, sausages, and seafood are also used. While water can be used as the stew-cooking liquid, wine, stock, and beer are also common. Seasoning and flavourings may also be added. Stews are typically cooked at a relatively low temperature (simmered, not boiled), allowing flavors to mingle.

Okay yeah that’s what I kind of though. What was interesting though is that they have a huge list of kinds of stew to check out. So let’s dig in!

Mama Pat’s Lamb Stew Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles – United States

Meet The Manufacturer: #2410: Mama Pat's Lamb Stew Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 2 cups of boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Take off heat and add sachet contents and let sit for 1 minute. Stir and enjoy! To make the fruit drink: add sachet contents to 8 ounces water (I’m going with cold water). Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2410: Mama Pat's Lamb Stew Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2410: Mama Pat's Lamb Stew Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The soup base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2410: Mama Pat's Lamb Stew Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A light powder.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2410: Mama Pat's Lamb Stew Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The vegetables sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2410: Mama Pat's Lamb Stew Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A nice little mixture.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2410: Mama Pat's Lamb Stew Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The included drink mix sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2410: Mama Pat's Lamb Stew Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The drink (click to enlarge)! Definitely lemonade. Has a decent tart and sweet kind of taste to it.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added a lamb chop I cooked with a sous vide immersion cooker with crushed garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper at 140 degrees for 2 hours, thin carrot, sweet onion and black pepper. The noodles yet again hydrated very well. Indeed, the quantity is great and they have a soft tooth. The broth was a slightly peppery, savory one. Reminded me of the flavor of a something that stewed in a crockpot, yet with a light thin texture. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 728028430943.

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A neat video about Mama’s Pat Foods with Chef Ron.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2409: Mama Pat’s Seafood Gumbo Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles

Meet The Manufacturer: #2409: Mama Pat's Seafood Gumbo Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

One of the first things I learned about Mama Pat’s foods was when I saw a video of Chef Ron making gumbo at a store demo. He used big bags of shrimp, tons of crab and other really great ingredients. He didn’t hold back and definitely went for the gusto. I’m a fan of seafood but haven’t had a lot of seafood from the USA as of late since it’s usually found slathered in white sauces or copious amounts of butter. I definitely got spoiled in Malaysia and Thailand trying all that seafood from there – amazing stuff! Gumbo however is something different. It’s full of seafood and has a nice strong taste  – something I really like. I have high hopes for this one; it sounds good, but will it be? Let’s give this seafood gumbo a look!

Mama Pat’s Seafood Gumbo Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles – United States

Meet The Manufacturer: #2409: Mama Pat's Seafood Gumbo Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 2 cups of boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Take off heat and add sachet contents and let sit for 1 minute. Stir and enjoy! To make the fruit drink: add sachet contents to 8 ounces water (I’m going with cold water). Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2409: Mama Pat's Seafood Gumbo Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2409: Mama Pat's Seafood Gumbo Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The soup base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2409: Mama Pat's Seafood Gumbo Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Has a nice and rich scent.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2409: Mama Pat's Seafood Gumbo Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A solid ingredients sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2409: Mama Pat's Seafood Gumbo Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Has a nice herbs and spices scent.

The included drink mix sachet.

The drink (click to enlarge)! Definitely lemonade. Has a decent tart and sweet kind of taste to it.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added green onion, crab stick, shrimp, baked chicken, turkey smoked sausage, sweet onion and Crystal hot sauce. The noodles came out nicely – good quantity and chew. The flavor was good, although it didn’t make me think of seafood gumbo exactly. Nonetheless, the herbs gave it a good taste I enjoyed. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 728028430936.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2409: Mama Pat's Seafood Gumbo Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

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Here’s the video of Chef Ron making a big pot of gumbo!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2408: Mama Pat’s Chicken Taco Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles

Meet The Manufacturer: #2407: Mama Pat's Chicken Taco Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

To kick off this Meet The Manufacturer, I thought I’d start with a flavor that just about every instant noodle company makes. Chicken. Indeed, it’s a kind of universal flavor – one that everyone can identify with. Well, unless your vegetarian. This is a very unique instant noodle insofar as it comes with a free drink – something I’ve never seen before in my well over 2,000 reviews thus far. So let’s check out Mama Pat’s Chicken Taco!

Mama Pat’s Chicken Taco Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles – United States

Meet The Manufacturer: #2407: Mama Pat's Chicken Taco Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodle block to 2 cups of boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Take off heat and add sachet contents and let sit for 1 minute. Stir and enjoy! To make the fruit drink: add sachet contents to 8 ounces water (I’m going with cold water). Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #2407: Mama Pat's Chicken Taco Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2407: Mama Pat's Chicken Taco Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The soup base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2407: Mama Pat's Chicken Taco Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A light powder.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2407: Mama Pat's Chicken Taco Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

The vegetables sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #2407: Mama Pat's Chicken Taco Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A nice colorful mixture.

The included drink sachet.

The drink (click to enlarge)! Definitely tastes like lemonade and has a decent sweetness and tartness.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added jalapeno slices, sour cream, colby jack cheese, Cholula Chilli Garlic hot sauce, green onion and baked chicken. The noodles hydrated well and had a nice quantity and standard chew. The broth is thin but has a good chicken flavor. What makes this one a very nice domestic chicken style is the included vegetables – onion and bell pepper definite highlights. I found that it enhanced things very nicely. Definitely my favorite domestic chicken flavor thus far. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 728028430929.

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Mama Pat’s has a really great looking food truck!

Meet The Manufacturer: Mama Pat’s Foods Product Samples

Meet The Manufacturer: Mama Pat's Foods Product Samples - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

A box arrived today via FedEx. Indeed, it’s always nice to get a package in the mail and always exciting to see what’s inside. I’ve gotten many donations from readers and companies in the past, but this one arrived in an interesting way.

So we had to go out and it was going to arrive most likely while we were gone. What I do in this case is put a sign on the door and tell couriers to leave them at the apartment complex’s office. Well, I got notification that it was left at the doorstep. When we got home, it was sitting right there – and the sign was removed! Dirty pool, FedEx! Crummy too when a company sends products overnight – you’d think they’d realize that the package should be dealt with with a little more respect. Luckily, it was right where they’d left it and everything was in good condition. So there’s my rant about packages! Let’s crack it open and see what’s inside!

Mama Pat’s Foods Product Samples – United States

Meet The Manufacturer: Mama Pat's Foods Product Samples - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Bubble wrapped very nicely!

Meet The Manufacturer: Mama Pat's Foods Product Samples - United States - The Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Here we have the treasure (click to enlarge). There are four different Mama Pat’s Foods instant ramen noodles varieties: Seafood Gumbo, Chicken Taco, Chicken Fajita and Lamb Stew. Indeed, I have never reviewed any flavors like these to be honest. They’re all very unique and fascinating – definitely something new to check out. What’s more, they come with a drink you mix up! This is an interesting thing to see – I’m curious how this will hit the noodle industry – definitely an easy to include innovation, that’s for sure.  This is awesome – thanks to Chef Ron for getting these to me so quickly! Looking forward to trying them all.

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Mama Pat’s Foods

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Mama Pat's Foods - United States The - Ramen Rater - instant noodles

Interview With Mama Pat’s Foods * Product Samples From Mama Pat’s Foods * Mama Pat’s Chicken Taco Flavor Instant Ramen NoodlesMama Pat’s Seafood Gumbo Flavor Instant Ramen NoodlesMama Pat’s Lamb Stew Flavor Instant Ramen NoodlesMama Pat’s Chicken Fajita Flavor Instant Ramen Noodles

Every once in a while, I get a phone call from a company interested in having me review their noodles. I got one recently from a fellow named Chef Ron from Mama Pat’s Foods. He told me about a product line tailor-made for the correction industry and how it was going to take over. I thought this was very interesting and definitely worth a look! I conducted this interview with Chef Ronald Freeman II, CEO of Mama Pat’s Foods USA / President Mama Pat’s Foods International to learn a bit more about the company and it’s aims.

Interview With Mama Pat’s Foods – United States

tTHE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for taking part in Meet The Manufacturer! To start the interview, can you tell me about the history and founding of Mama Pat’s?

MAMA PAT’S FOODS> In 2013 we opened a restaurant in Inglewood CA serving Louisiana Style cuisine. We was very successful but Chef Ron CEO had a larger vision and started eyeing retail

TRR> What was the first product you manufactured?

MAMA PAT’S FOODS> We manufactured a frozen Seafood Gumbo Bowl

TRR> Your headquarters are located in Benin. What is life like there?

MAMA PAT’S FOODS> We opened that office only for export we are actually based in Los Angeles CA and life here is wonderful

TRR> Can you tell us about the different varieties of noodles you make?

MAMA PAT’S FOODS> We have 12 varieties but the ones we launched first are:
Seafood Gumbo Ramen
Chicken Taco
Chicken Fajita
Lamb Stew

TRR> How many noodle products do you produce every year?

MAMA PAT’S FOODS> I have licensed our Dist to sell a minimum of 40 containers per month. That’s 7 million packs per year to start!

TRR> Do you make varieties suitable for Vegetarians? Vegans?

MAMA PAT’S FOODS> Yes we have those completed formulas and will offer them soon.

TRR> Why the name Mama Pat’s?

MAMA PAT’S FOODS> It’s my grandmother’s name and she’s my inspiration in cooking. She always used the best ingredients and cooked from her heart.
Till this day even in my noodles I stay with these standards.

TRR> The varieties in your line are very different – what was the impetus for bringing these flavors to market?
MAMA PAT’S FOODS> I say that EVERY noodle brand does the exact same thing. Focus on ONE flavor. At MP we focus on a entire recipe! We do flavor ” blends” that give you more for your money. I also added “recipe” vegetables in our packs so it’s more flavorful and is a culinary match to the recipe and the flavor we have on our packaging. This took 3 years to master.

TRR> What kinds of noodles are used in your products? What are the differences between them?

MAMA PAT’S FOODS> We wanted a more REAL so searched many manufactures and sampled hundreds of brands. I didn’t want the horrible low quality you find in Top Ramen (Nissan) that are gummy,starchy,and over cook. I found a Chinese company that make a Tsukemen Japanese style noodle that’s light,and flavorful .

TRR> You include juice with your noodles – can you talk a little about that?

MAMA PAT’S FOODS> I wanted to give my customers a gift from us thanking them for there purchase, I teamed up with them Wylers light people and we wanted to offer a sugar free but a nutritional drink product that only takes 1 gram to produce a 16 oz drink that Is loaded with flavor.

TRR> How does your noodle making process differ from other instant noodle manufacturers?

MAMA PAT’S FOODS> We use more of the whole wheat grain in our noodles some 80% this produces a high quality noodle that has 50% less starch. It’s very close to Italian pasta like spaghetti, but has the appearance of ramen.

TRR> A lot of people are concerned with their sodium intake. How would you recommend people enjoy your product and do you take this into consideration during production/R&D?

MAMA PAT’S FOODS> We lower the sodium by 40% I cannot go into detail but I can say this, we are using less salt and replace it with real vegetable flavors that are custom blends and are patented by our company and can never be duplicated by the mega brands I compete with.

TRR> Are you involved in in your local community or participate in charities?

MAMA PAT’S FOODS> My goal is to market this into the prisons and jails across the U.S. to inspire the youth and incarcerated that they can start and own a legal business just like I did.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

MAMA PAT’S FOODS> Yes! We want to do a Oat Based noodle and a Noodle Snack that’s high in fiber and is very close to granola with real fruit and nuts!

TRR> In what countries are your products popular? Do people enjoy them differently in different places?

MAMA PAT’S FOODS> We are in Africa and it’s doing very well, we are headed next to India and Mexico.

TRR> When you make noodles for yourself, what do you like to add to them to make them extra special (garnish, etc)?

MAMA PAT’S FOODS> Oh for me gumbo noodles I do this

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Mama Pat's Foods - United States The - Ramen Rater - instant noodles
Or this:

Meet The Manufacturer: Interview With Mama Pat's Foods - United States The - Ramen Rater - instant noodles

We plan to open Ramen Grills all over the US to serve “custom Ramen Bar” there you can add whatever you want from our “bar” from seafood to fish to beef !! It’s your bowl do it your way!!

TRR> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about Mama Pat’s and your products!

MAMA PAT’S FOODS> Thank you!

Well, there we have it! Let’s check out the products! Again, thank you to Chef Ron for contacting me about his products!