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#3267: Vite Ramen Garlic Pork Instant Noodle Soup – United States

#3267: Vite Ramen Garlic Pork Instant Noodle Soup - United States

A few months ago I did a Meet The Manufacturer series on Vite Ramen, but the packs I tried were prototypes and not this, the finished product for version 1.0 (version 1.1 will be coming soon and I’ll be giving that a try when it comes out). It’s a neat concept brought to life by Tim & Tom Zheng.

A lot of people found the idea of a healthy instant noodle very compelling – so much so that they netted a quarter of a million dollars on their Kickstarter campaign. What we have here is the culmination of lots of work by them.

These packs have a myriad of benefits, including lots of vitamins and minerals, 30g of protein, low sodium, low fat, and is an excellent source of fiber.

It also has something that’s hard for people to get – potassium. You can a decent amount in a banana, but eating enough bananas to meet the goal  of potassium intake per day is going to have some side affects aside from the amount of sugar.This pack includes 25 percent of that.

As many of you know, I’ve been on a diet. I’ve been overweight most of my life. My doctor told me on October 18th, 2018 that I had high cholesterol, and pushed me to change my diet and exercise; something I’ve been told by doctors many times before. But I guess it was just the right time to do something about it. We got a jogging stroller and I started walking my daughter Miri on days my son has all day preschool. I also started using a fitbit and the My Fitness Pal app to track my intake and calorie burn.

I started slow; trying to get my step goal and trying to stay under the recommended calories for the day. It was hard at first, but I put myself in a good mindset and pushed forward. I started at 365lbs. I went back to the doctor on April 26th, 2019 – lost 65lbs and cholesterol is in check. I haven’t weighed myself, but I’ve gone down 6 pants sizes. I had to skip walking a couple days after last week too – Monday I walked 9.5 miles, Tuesday 10.5 miles, and Thursday I walked almost 15 miles and hit 30,000 steps. I guess I need to get some walking shoes that are better than the ones I get at Walmart in Richmond BC for $30CAD! I really jacked up my feet…

But in a couple weeks, I’ll find out how much I weigh at the doctor and report on that. I’m pretty stoked – I’m down to around 1200~1500 calories per day and it’s no problem at this point. As far as when I review, I have the tiniest amount of noodles and broth to sample – the rest goes down the drain. But I think today I’ll figure one of these packs into my regime and see how it goes. Let’s get started.

Vite Ramen Garlic Pork Instant Noodle Soup – United States

#3267: Vite Ramen Garlic Pork Instant Noodle Soup - United States

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Take a look at the nutrition facts panel – it’s pretty monumental. Contains pork. To prepare, add noodle block to 2 1/2 cups boiling water and cook 2 1/2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3267: Vite Ramen Garlic Pork Instant Noodle Soup - United States

The noodle block.

Dry soup base powder. See contents in the video below.

The ‘Noodtrients’ sachet – this is where the protein and vitamins live.

Canola oil (if there was any doubt).

A mixture of vegetables.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, egg, spring onion, bbq pork, sesame seeds, and shichimi togarashi. Noodles are very hearty which I enjoyed. Broth has a nice homestyle kind of pork flavor to it, however is a little on the lass salty side. Vegetables jydrated well. An impressive feat achieved here. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  No bar code.

#3267: Vite Ramen Garlic Pork Instant Noodle Soup - United States

Vite Ramen Garlic Pork Instant Noodle Soup

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3239: Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken Instant Noodle Soup – United States

#3239: Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken Instant Noodle Soup - United States

A few months ago I did a Meet The Manufacturer series on Vite Ramen, but the packs I tried were prototypes and not this, the finished product for version 1.0 (version 1.1 will be coming soon and I’ll be giving that a try when it comes out). It’s a neat concept brought to life by Tim & Tom Zheng.

A lot of people found the idea of a healthy instant noodle very compelling – so much so that they netted a quarter of a million dollars on their Kickstarter campaign. What we have here is the culmination of lots of work by them.

These packs have a myriad of benefits, including lots of vitamins and minerals, 30g of protein, low sodium, low fat, and is an excellent source of fiber.

It also has something that’s hard for people to get – potassium. You can a decent amount in a banana, but eating enough bananas to meet the goal  of potassium intake per day is going to have some side affects aside from the amount of sugar.This pack includes 25 percent of that.

As many of you know, I’ve been on a diet. I’ve been overweight most of my life. My doctor told me on October 18th, 2018 that I had high cholesterol, and pushed me to change my diet and exercise; something I’ve been told by doctors many times before. But I guess it was just the right time to do something about it. We got a jogging stroller and I started walking my daughter Miri on days my son has all day preschool. I also started using a fitbit and the My Fitness Pal app to track my intake and calorie burn.

I started slow; trying to get my step goal and trying to stay under the recommended calories for the day. It was hard at first, but I put myself in a good mindset and pushed forward. I started at 365lbs. I go back to the doctor on April 26th, 2019 – about 6 months afterwards for another blood test and cheup to see how I’ve done, and I think my doctor is going to be shocked. I haven’t weighed myself, but I’ve gone down 6 pants sizes. I had to skip walking a couple days after last week too – Monday I walked 9.5 miles, Tuesday 10.5 miles, and Thursday I walked almost 15 miles and hit 30,000 steps. I guess I need to get some walking shoes that are better than the ones I get at Walmart in Richmond BC for $30CAD! I really jacked up my feet…

But in a couple weeks, I’ll find out how much I weigh at the doctor and report on that. I’m pretty stoked – I’m down to around 1200~1500 calories per day and it’s no problem at this point. As far as when I review, I have the tiniest amount of noodles and broth to sample – the rest goes down the drain. But I think today I’ll figure one of these packs into my regime and see how it goes. Let’s get started.

Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken Instant Noodle Soup – United States

#3239: Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken Instant Noodle Soup - United States

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Take a look at the nutrition facts panel – it’s pretty monumental. Contains chicken. To prepare, add noodle block to 2 1/2 cups boiling water and cook 2 1/2 minutes. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3239: Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken Instant Noodle Soup - United States

The noodle block.

#3239: Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken Instant Noodle Soup - United States

A dry sachet.

#3239: Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken Instant Noodle Soup - United States

The soup base.

#3239: Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken Instant Noodle Soup - United States

A second dry sachet.

#3239: Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken Instant Noodle Soup - United States

This is the ‘noodtrients’ powder. This is where the vitamins, minerals, and protein come into play.

#3239: Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken Instant Noodle Soup - United States

A wet sachet.

#3239: Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken Instant Noodle Soup - United States

Canola oil.

#3239: Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken Instant Noodle Soup - United States

A clear garnish sachet.

#3239: Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken Instant Noodle Soup - United States

A vegetable mixture with 8 different varieties.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, baked chicken, black sesame seeds, and spring onion. I’m definitely seeing a difference in this from the prototype. The noodle has a nice chew and texture – a unique one which worked well. The broth is on the light side; it’s not a salty bomb, however it has a good thickness and gives a taste of actual chicken broth that I liked. Very happy with the changes in addition to all the protein, low sodium, fiber, and vitamin benefits. Innovative and fresh. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  No bar code.

#3239: Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken Instant Noodle Soup - United States

Vite Ramen Soy Sauce Chicken Flavor Instant Noodle Soup

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3015: Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio – United States

Meet The Manufacturer: #3015: Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio - United States

Today we kick things off on this interesting Meet The Manufacturer series with Vite Ramen’s Vegan option. If you didn’t know, there are three varieties from Vite Ramen – at least initially. Also, just so you know at the outset of this and the following reviews, these are prototypes. From what I’ve been told, this is what you’ll be getting, however the sachets in the final iteration will look different. So let’s give this first one a try!

Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio – United States

Meet The Manufacturer: #3015: Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio - United States

Here’s the information panel (click to enlarge). Note this was furnished by the company and not on the obverse side of the package shown above. Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to 2 1/2 cups boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add vegetables, seasonings and oil sachets and stir. Let soup cool to 160ºF (71ºC) then add the ‘Noodtrient packet’ for optimal nutrition. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Meet The Manufacturer: #3015: Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio - United States

The non-fried noodle block.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3015: Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio - United States

The soup base sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3015: Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio - United States

A fluffy powder.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3015: Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio - United States

The ‘Noodtrient’ sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3015: Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio - United States

A light powder.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3015: Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio - United States

The vegetables sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3015: Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio - United States

A nice quantity.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3015: Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio - United States

A liquid sachet.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3015: Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio - United States

Canola oil.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, tofu puff, kizami shoga, scallions, fried onion and nanami togarashi. The noodles are very soft, however they have this curious homemade kind of          tooth to them I found pleasant. They have a kind of hearty flavor as well – but not gritty in the least. The broth isn’t extremely salty, and had a kind of chicken mushroom stew feel to it. Bits of cabbage and other vegetables were here and there and of good quality. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. No bar code.

Meet The Manufacturer: #3015: Vite Ramen Vegan Mushroom Shio - United States

Becoming Vegan: The Complete Reference to Plant-Based Nutrition (Comprehensive Edition)

Watch me cook this one up!

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Vite Ramen (1 of 2) – United States

Meet The Manufacturer: Product Samples From Vite Ramen - United States

In order to do reviews, we need some samples. This was really exciting – prototypes! I don’t often get prototypes, so it was a great honor to be one of the very first to try these new products during the development process. Let’s take a look!

Product Samples From Vite Ramen – United States

‘Discovery Of Ramen’ Children’s Book On Kickstarter

I heard about a book coming out soon called ‘The Discovery Of Ramen.’ The book can be found on Kickstarter currently – here’s a little information about this book and what’s special about it:

The Discovery Of Ramen – United States

San Francisco, CA – August 7, 2017 -Immedium, Inc. announces the Kickstarter campaign for its the children’s picture book The Discovery of Ramen. Written by comic book veterans Phil Amara and Oliver Chin and illustrated by the professional animator Juan Calle, this adventure launches the series The Asian Hall of Fame. Dao is an adorable red panda who can travel back in time and place! He befriends the curious kids Ethan and Emma and transports them in the blink of an eye to Asia. Together they (and appreciative readers) have fun discovering how some very cool creations were invented there. If only every school field trip was like this!

This debut story is like Anthony Bourdain meets Back to the Future! Out on the town with their class, Ethan and Emma smell the aroma of a tasty bowl of noodles. They’ve never eaten ramen before. But boy, does it look yummy! Luckily, cute Dao appears! Magically he guides them back in time to discover how ramen came to be!
The trio begins their adventure in 1800’s Japan. They travel from the unpaved streets where pushcart vendors cooked to the growing capital of Tokyo. They witness the rise of instant ramen, cup of noodles, and now four star restaurants and celebrity chefs. Along the way, Dao and the kids visit ramen factories and museums and even zoom to outer space!

Ramen has never been more popular around the world (especially in the USA) and this is the first English children’s book on the topic. As Dao spices up history, children learn fun facts and trek around the globe.

The Discovery of Ramen serves up an action-packed narrative and the dynamic art by illustrator Juan Calle brings noodles alive and off the page to the point where readers’ mouths will water! After digesting this tasty tale, get ready for seconds. Once fueled by a successful Kickstarter campaign, we’ll publish The Discovery of Ramen by December 2017 and then discover more cool inventions from The Asian Hall of Fame in the future!

$16.95 USA, Children’s Picture Book, hardcover ISBN: 978-1-59702-134-0 9.5 x 10, 36 pages

Oliver Chin recently wrote The Year of the Rooster from the popular annual children’s book series Tales from the Chinese Zodiac, Julie Black Belt, and Welcome to Monster Isle.

Phil Amara was an editor at Dark Horse Comics, and wrote The Nevermen, The Treehouse Heroes, and So, You Wanna Be A
Comic Book Artist? He is an elementary school teacher in Boston, Massachusetts.

Juan Calle is the art director at Liberum Donum Studios (Bogotá, Colombia) which creates animation for movies, TV, and
video games. Juan created the children’s book Good Dream, Bad Dream and illustrated The Year of the Rooster.

Soon as I have a copy in hand, I’ll be doing a review. This sounds really neat and with two kids here who are going to be wondering why their dad spends so much time with noodles, I think it could be really useful for me especially! Check it out right now on Kickstarter!

The OneBowl: A New Product That Needs Your Support On Kickstarter!

OneBowl on Kickstarter

I was recently contacted by a fellow named Justin Herd. He is the creator of a product called the OneBowl – a special bowl that will cook instant as well as other noodles in the microwave. What’s more, it will drain them. He can do the most justice to explaining the product and it’s features of course, so I recently conducted this interview with him.

THE RAMEN RATER> Tell us a little about yourself – what’s your background?

JUSTIN HERD> My name is Justin Herd, I am 23 years old, and I am the inventor of the OneBowl. I live in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the USA and just graduated from Grand Valley State University in April of 2014 with my Bachelors in Marketing. I love Ramen Noodles, hiking, viral videos, and inventing.

TRR> Have you always been interested in invention or invented other things in the past?

JH> I love inventing. It’s all about creating things to make my life easier. Whenever I feel like something I do every day could be easier, faster, and/or more enjoyable, that is when I get my best ideas for an invention. Normally, my inventions look like Frankenstein gadgets held together by duct tape. The OneBowl is my first invention that I believe can be enjoyed by people around the world.

TRR> How did the OneBowl project begin?

JH> The OneBowl project began 8 months ago while I was making myself some Maruchan Chicken Flavor Ramen Noodles. As a college student, I made myself some delicious Ramen Noodles just about every day (as many college students do). After enjoying my noodles, I looked at my sink to see a pot, a strainer, and a bowl that I now had to wash. I thought to myself, “I wish I could just make noodles in one bowl.” And so began the OneBowl.

TRR> Can you tell us about the testing phase – how many different kinds of noodles did you test in it?

JH> It took 4 tries to get the prototype just right. Once I had a working prototype, I tested it out with several different kinds of noodles. I tested 1 brick of Maruchan Ramen Noodles, 2 bricks of Maruchan Ramen Noodles, Kraft Mac and Cheese, and good old spaghetti. I found that the OneBowl was the perfect size to accommodate all kinds of noodles.

TRR> How is the OneBowl different from, well, a bowl?

JH> The OneBowl is a microwave-safe bowl with a built-in strainer and a snap-on lid. It’s the only bowl out there than you can use to cook, strain, eat, and store your noodles in. The bowl converts easily from a water tight bowl to a strainer by rotating the handle an eighth of a turn. Once strained, rotate the handle back to eat. This will allow you to customize how much broth you want. The bowl also comes apart easily for cleaning, it’s dishwasher-safe, and BPA free.

TRR> What is the OneBowl made of?

JH> The bowl itself is made from a poly carbonate blend of BPA free plastic. The lid and seal are made from silicone. This means the OneBowl can withstand a temperature range of -58 F to 266 F (-50 to 130 C) and will not leak any toxins when heated up.

TRR> Where will it be made?

JH> The OneBowl will be made right in the city where I live: Grand Rapids, Michigan in the United States.

TRR> You’re opting to go the Kickstarter route to bring your product to market – how did you arrive at the decision to crowdsource?

JH> I need to raise the money for plastic injection molding so that I can share the OneBowl with the world. I chose to go with Kickstarter to raise the money because I love their platform. It is really user friendly and it makes it easy to get involved with cool new products at their earliest stages. Kickstarter has developed an awesome culture around helping others bring their dreams to life and it’s the best platform out there in my opinion.

TRR> If people donate, what do they get and when?

JH> I have several different levels of rewards for pledging to my Kickstarter project. For $20, you get a OneBowl! ($30 outside the US due to extra shipping costs). I also have rewards for 2 packs and 4 packs. There are some rewards that include a custom OneBowl cook book full of recipes I made using the OneBowl. I expect to deliver OneBowls to all who pledge on Kickstarter in October of this year.

TRR> What is your favorite thing to make in the OneBowl?

JH> 2 bricks of Chicken Flavored Maruchan Ramen Noodles. I am a man of simple taste. However, I am taking on the challenge of catching up with Hans and trying out his favorite Ramen styles and flavors.

Sounds pretty neat, eh? If you want to support his project and chip in, check out the OneBowl on Kickstarter. This sounds like something pretty neat. Good luck, Justin!