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#3270: Fitmee Konjac Chicken Soto – Indonesia

#3270: Fitmee Konjac Chicken Soto - Indonesia

The second of the Fitmee varieties sent by Empire International – thanks again! I sampled the first a couple days ago and was very impressed – it was a kind of buldak dry version that was pretty good and only 150 calories! This one has a soto flavor and is – get this – only 60 calories! What’s soto? Here’s some info from Wikipedia –

In the Indonesian archipelago, soto is known by different names. In the local Javanese dialect, it is called soto, and the dish also reached Makassar where it is called coto. Soto is found to be most prevalent in Java, and suggested that the hearty soup was originated from that island, and over the years this dish branched off in an assorted array of soto varieties.[7]

Although soto was undoubtedly developed in the Indonesian archipelago and each region has developed its own distinctive soto recipes, some historians suggest that it was probably influenced by foreign culinary tradition, especially ChineseDenys Lombard in his book Le Carrefour Javanais suggested that the origin of soto was a Chinese soup, caudo (Chinese草肚pinyintsháu-tōo; literally “Tripe”), popular in Semarang among Chinese immigrants during colonial VOC era, circa 17th century.[8]

Another scholar suggests that it was more likely a mixture of cooking traditions in the region, namely Chinese, Indian, and native Indonesian cuisine.[9] There are traces of Chinese influence such as the use of bihun (rice vermicelli) and the preference for fried garlic as a condiment, while the use of turmeric suggests Indian influence. Another example is soto betawi from Jakarta uses minyak samin (ghee), which indicates Arab or Muslim Indian influences.[10] Another historian suggest that some soto recipe reflects the past condition of its people. Soto tangkar, which today is a meat soup, was mostly made from the broth of goat rib-cage bones (Betawi:tangkar) in the past because meat was expensive, or the common population of Batavia were too poor to afford some meat back then.[11] Soto recipes has been highly localized according to local tradition and available ingredients, for example in Hindu-majority island of Bali, soto babi (pork soto) can be found, since Hindu Balinese prefer pork while beef is seldom consumed, they also do not shared Indonesian Muslim halal dietary law that forbid the consumption of pork.

The meat soup dish influenced various regions and each developed its own recipes, with the ingredients being highly localized according to available ingredients and local cooking traditions. As a result, rich variants of soto were developed across Indonesia.

Alrighty – let’s see how this soup version comes out!

Fitmee Mi Instan Konyaku Rasa Soto – Indonesia

#3270: Fitmee Konjac Chicken Soto - Indonesia

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Cook noodle block and vegetable sachet contents for 5 minutes in 400ml boiling water. Add all but shallot sachet in and stir. Garnish with shallot and enjoy!

The noodle block.

A dry sachet of soup base (watch the Instant Noodle Recipe Time video below for implementation of sachets).

A wet sachet of seasoned oil.

A dry sachet of vegetables.

Dry garnish sachet of fried shallot.

A final dry sachet of chili powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added lime, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, coriander, spring onion, Sambal Matah, egg, chili flake, and baked chicken. Okay, this is the real deal, folks. The konjac came out quite well – still somewhat extra springy, but it is just overwhelmed in such a great way by the broth. The broth has such a beautiful balance of lime, hints of spiciness and coconut and it just blew my mind so much I even forgot to add the shallot flake in there – which I tried separately and found to be pretty good. But I’ll try it again tomorrow because ITS ONLY 60 CALORIES!!! 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 8997006448993.

#3270: Fitmee Konjac Chicken Soto - Indonesia

FitMee Instant Noodle Konjac Chicken Soto Flavor 92g (Pack of 1)

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

#3268: Fitmee Konjac Fried Korean Noodle – Indonesia

#3268: Fitmee Konjac Fried Korean Noodle - Indonesia

Here’s something pretty fascinating. First off, thanks to Empire International for sending these over! This is from Indonesia, is only 160 calories for the whole package, and… yeah. It’s konjac (pronounced like cognac).- These noodles are incredibly low cal and I’ve honestly had mixed resilts. I’ve had them that are horrible before – thicker noodles. But recently tried some that were thinner and they worked well. These are dry, and I haven’t tried them that way before, so we shall see how it goes. Let’s find out!

Fitmee Konjac Fried Korean Noodle – Indonesia

#3268: Fitmee Konjac Fried Korean Noodle - Indonesia

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles and vegetables for 400ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Drain. add remaining sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

The block of konjac noodles.

Dry seasoning base.

A wet sachet of seasoned oil.

A dry sachet of vegetables.

Chili powder.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion. The noodles are kind of rubbery as they employ tapioca flour. Some might be put off by this, but I think they have a certain charm to them. I’ve had konjac noodles before I disliked, but that was completely due to their gauge. These are nice. Flavor is on point with a good spicy hit which is reminiscent of fire noodle. A nice quantity of vegetable and really quite innovative and unique. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8997006449945.

#3268: Fitmee Konjac Fried Korean Noodle - Indonesia

FitMee Instant Noodle Konjac Fried Korean Noodle 78g (Pack of 6)

Watch me cook on Instant Noodle Recipe Time!

Watch me burn on Spicy Noodle Mukbang!

FitMee Samples From Empire International – United States

FitMee Samples From Empire International - United States

Okay so there are these noodles called konjac noodles. They’re really low calorie. The pack pictured above is only 60 calories – for the whole thing! But are they good? I’ve found the thinner the gauge, the better I like them. Watch me unbox these and see what they’re all about.

FitMee Samples From Empire International – United States

Negative Comments About My Weight, My Politics, And Reviewing Instant Noodles

So there’s a misconception (and assumption) that some people have made about me and what I do that’s kind of annoying and honestly rather infuriating. Some people seem to have the need to lecture me about what I eat and my weight.

First off, it’s not appreciated. Comments like ‘you’re going to die,’ ‘this bad thing is going to happen to you’ and the most recent (and rather inane) ‘I don’t like your shirt.’

First, I don’t eat every single bowl of noodles you see in it’s entirety. In the last couple of months, I’ve gone down to eating about one instant noodle every two weeks and sometimes not even that. Moreover, I get exercise and am on a healthy diet. I’m losing weight and feeling healthier by the day.

It’s tough changing everything you do as far as eating when you’re overweight (or underweight I’m sure). I’ve worked on it for years with little success, and generally instant noodles haven’t been at the center of it. I ate a lot of pizza, ice cream, pasta and white sauce – you know, the easily accessed American super-sized things that are almost inescapable here in the states. When my doctor said I had high cholesterol on top of my weight, I decided to listen to him and do something about it. I take vitamins, track literally everything I eat, and most recently am able to get good regular exercise (being a stay at home dad with two small children and being legally blind makes that very hard). At the end of this post I’ll let you know exactly what I do.

Granted, the folks who comment in a negative manner are far and few between; I’ve gotten some of the nicest, most uplifting comments from people over the past few years – and really appreciate them. I didn’t expect the whole ‘I’m going to try some instant noodles and give my opinion on how they taste’ thing to take off the way it has, but it’s been a lot of fun and the community surrounding it has been a major part of why I do what I do and frankly, how I do it, so thank you.

Unfortunately, some comments aren’t as nice. At the beginning, they did hurt a lot. I would read them and doubt what I did, feel poorly about myself and get depressed. But I learned rather quickly how to take them in, laugh about them and chuck them in the mental trash can. Garbage in, garbage out as they say.

I also get comments about shirts I wear on Instant Noodle Recipe Time or other videos here and there. I’m not a fan of the current administration and you’ll see me wearing an impeach shirt here and there. If you don’t like it, that’s totally fine. But telling me not to talk about politics or wear a different shirt – it’s NOT going to happen. I can talk about whatever I like! So can you! But I’m just going to delete your comments from here on out – they’re not necessary. I should note I love talking politics – especially with people with different viewpoints than mine. I don’t know when it became a ‘don’t talk about things others don’t agree with’ kind of world, but if you disagree with me, I don’t hate you; and I’m not going to try to change your mind. I’m not an angry or hateful person. However, I’m not a big fan of those who try to assert their insecurity about what they believe in upon me and demand I change who I am for them. Not going to happen.

I guess what I’m saying is don’t try to give me negative or lecture-style comment about my weight; it just make me look at you as an insecure individual who doesn’t have the wherewithal to deal with the world without having to step on others dreams as some kind of perverse self-therapy.

Anyways, so what am I doing to lose weight you might be wondering. Well, first I have an app on my phone called myfitnesspal. You can track everything you take in for the day and that’s what I do. it has goals and limits and it just makes you accountable for what you take in. It’s kind of fun actually; like a video game or a bank account where you have so much money (calories) every day, and you want to have some leftover every day.

While my son is at preschool, I take my daughter out for a walk every morning – about a mile and a half to two miles of walking. It’s nice.

I take vitamins – a regular vitamin with extra folic acid, fish oil with omega-3, and fiber capsules.

So yeah – I’m making progress and happy about it. I feel good about myself. I really love reviewing instant noodles too and still can, just making a few adjustments outside of this. I was enjoying the toppings and a bite of noodle and a slurp of broth. Now I’m down to the slurp and a bite. Some may ask ‘how can you rate something without eating it all?’ I don’t think those who rate fine wines guzzle down a full bottle every review they push out. I mean, after a couple of glasses, they’d probably absolutely love everything since they’d be nice and buzzed! Same goes with instant noodles.

You won’t see any changes to my reviews at all – in fact, I’ve been making adjustments all along actually. Aside from the spicy noodle videos I do, those are about the only instant noodles I take in their entirety. When I do, I adjust what I have the rest of the day and before I have them as well.

Anyways, I had to write this because it’s finally just gotten so irritating reading these silly comments people put out. They’re really unwarranted and pointless. While I’ve tried over 3,000 varieties, no – I haven’t eaten everything you’ve seen me make in a long time. Again, I’d like to thank the majority of commenters who have nothing but the nicest things to say. I really appreciate you and love to answer your questions and talk about noodles. Keep asking and I’ll keep answering. Those with negative comments will just get blocked and deleted from here on out. I don’t have time for it and you can’t bring me down.

Hans Lienesch
The Ramen Rater
November 2018

#2429: New Touch T’s Restaurant Sura Tanmen

#2429: New Touch T's Restaurant Sura Tanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Went to Uwajimaya, a local Japanese grocery store chain in the northwest the other day. So I found that you can get chashu pork there – it’s really nice for Japanese instants since I can slap one on top! Indeed what I do is get a few packs of it from the deli and then bag them individually  and throw them in the freezer – it’s pricy stuff, but done this way it really stretches it a long way. So $15 or pork will yield me about 18-20 slices and since it’s frozen, it’ll last nicely until I’ve done that many Japanese reviews.

While there, we noticed a couple varieties of these cups. I hadn’t seen them before and thought why not get them. This is tanmen, not to be confused with tantanmen. While tantanmen features pork, tanmen usually is more about seafood. This one appears to be a variety inspired by a place called T’s Restaurant which it looks like is a Vegan friendly place. So let’s check it out.

New Touch T’s Restaurant Sura Tanmen – Japan

#2429: New Touch T's Restaurant Sura Tanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Here’s the distributor’s sticker (click to enlarge). Indeed it appears to contain no meat or fish ingredients.

#2429: New Touch T's Restaurant Sura Tanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add in dry sachet and boiling water to fill line (approx 270ml). Cover and steep for 4 minutes. Add in liquid sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#2429: New Touch T's Restaurant Sura Tanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2429: New Touch T's Restaurant Sura Tanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

The noodle block. Noodles appear to be very thin. Also, the block appears to be very dense.

#2429: New Touch T's Restaurant Sura Tanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

The dry base sachet.

#2429: New Touch T's Restaurant Sura Tanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Looks like bean sprouts and possibly TVP among other things.

#2429: New Touch T's Restaurant Sura Tanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

The liquid base sachet.

#2429: New Touch T's Restaurant Sura Tanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

Deep and dark with a strong scent.

Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles came out well. Thin and round in shape, they have a decent chew and backbone. However, they are easily broken when pursed by the lips. The broth has a lot of flavor for being a vegetarian variety. A kind of vinegar and sweet taste. The broth is augmented by little bits that hydrated very well. Indeed, a tasty cup of noodles! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4903088011394.

#2429: New Touch T's Restaurant Sura Tanmen - Japan - The Ramen Rater - instant ramen

New touch assorted vegetables sprouts miso ramen 82g ~ 12 pieces

A New Touch TV advertisement.