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#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!

Vite Ramen: Health Conscious Instant Noodles

I’ve been working hard on weight-loss and exercise for the last 6 months. Part of that is making sure I’m getting all the right nutrients and vitamins. Well, Tim and Tom Zheng over at Vite Ramen have something really cool – a pack of instant noodles that are very different from what you’re probably used to seeing. These have vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber – even low sodium! Let’s take a look!

Vite Ramen: Health Conscious Instant Noodles – United States

Unboxing Time: Lowering Your Sodium Intake With Nutek Food Science Salt For Life

Unboxing Time: Lowering Your Sodium Intake With Nutek Food Science Salt For Life

A couple years ago, I was contacted by a company in the Midwest called NuTek Food Science. They noticed I reviewed a lot of instant noodles and thought I might be interested in learning about what they do. They flew me to Omaha, Nebraska to their HQ and I did a blind taste test between foods containing their sodium lowering product and ones with regular salt. I was immediately impressed. This is an unboxing of their consumer product – let’s check it out!

Nutek Food Science Salt For Life – United States

I should mention there’s a video and post I did about the visit to their HQ here. Thanks to everyone at NuTek Food Science for making this and sending me some more!

Unboxing Time: Lowering Your Sodium Intake With Nutek Food Science Salt For Life

Salt for Life Sea Salt Plus Potassium Blend, 15.2 Ounce

Re-Review: The Rapid Ramen Cooker

After almost two years since I first found out about this neat invention, I thought it time to give it another look. The Rapid Ramen Cooker was invented by a fellow named Chris Johnson. It’s a tool that allows you to cook instant noodles in the microwave in four minutes. What’s great is that it also lets you use only half of the seasoning sachet, cutting sodium by half for those with sodium intake concerns. What’s also nice is that you use it, and then can eat out of it, toss it in the dishwasher, and you’re done. I love this thing – so does my son, who doesn’t like a lot of broth (you only use 1 cup of water as opposed to the usual 2 cups with domestic instant noodles). As far as ramen kitchen accoutrements go, this gets 5.0 out of 5.0 stars easily. Hope you enjoy the video and if you”re interested, here’s my original review of The Rapid Ramen Cooker which includes an interview with Chris and a test with quite a few instants. Also, here’s a video of as Chris Johnson’s appearance on the ABC show ‘Shark Tank’ where he gets a deal with Mark Cuban for The Rapid Ramen Cooker! By the way – tomorrow I’ll use The Rapid Ramen in an instant noodle review, not only to cook the noodles but as the bowl they will be eaten out of. Stay tuned!

#1175: Healtimie Green Barley Noodle Milk Chicken Soup

Here’s something new – green barley noodles. I’ve had noodles that were green from a myriad of ingredients before (wonder if someday there’ll be blue?). These are supposed to be for the health conscious. Let’s check ’em out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but look for yourself.

A green noodle block.

The soup base sachet.

Contains non-dairy creamer.

The solid ingredient sachet.

Interesting myriad of bits and pieces.

The liquid sachet. Chili sauce on left, seasoned oil on right.

A thick sauce and thin seasoned oil.


Finished (click image to enlarge). Added Walla Walla sweet onion, red, yellow, and orange bell pepper, hard boiled egg and baked chicken with garlic salt. The noodles are interesting; they’re broad and flat and have an interesting texture. Aside from being green, the oddness ends – they have a nice taste. The broth is great – milky and has a nice balance of spiciness and chicken flavor. As far as health minded instants go, this is probably the best I’ve tried. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 8888327831093.

Here’s an ad for Healtimie.

Meet The Manufacturer: Star Anise Foods Interview

Interview * Star Anise Foods Sample * Happy Pho Vietnamese Brown Rice Noodle Soup Garlic Goodness

A few weeks ago, I had a friend over for the weekend and we went to a
store here in the Seattle area called Central Market. I saw a box of
noodles that caught my eye, and decided to write down their website. I
ended up talking to Thao Nguyen, a Ph.D., chef, and co-founder of Star
Anise Foods. Here’s the interview I conducted via email with her.

THE RAMEN RATER> Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.

STAR ANISE FOODS> Thank you Hans for the opportunity!

TRR> To start, can you tell my readers about the history of Star Anise Foods?

SAF> Star Anise Foods was founded by Karen Cheng and myself, using my family recipe that were handed down from generations.  We strive to bring to the table a product that is original in flavor, with high nutritional value.

TRR> What was the first product you made?

SAF> It was our line of HAPPY PHO.

TRR> Your company is located in San Francisco, yet you make a product whose roots are in Vietnam. How have the two distant locales influenced your products?

SAF> I’m a third generation Pho noodle seller – my grandparents started their pho stall in Nam Dinh where pho originated, then my mom had a pho noodle stall in Moscow, and now it’s me.  San Francisco influenced the innovation aspect of our line.

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

SAF> Our line is divided in 3 main categories: our “Happy Pho” is our Vietnamese brown rice noodle soup, which comes in garlic goodness, zesty ginger and shitake mushroom. Our Brown rice Noodles with organic green tea and seaweed. And our newest addition: the Brown rice Spring roll
wrapper  which is the only brown rice wrapper in the world.

TRR> Here in the Seattle area, pho restaurants are everywhere. How are your products received by those in locations with smaller or nonexistent Vietnamese populations?

SAF> Pho is essentially Vietnamese rice noodles, herbs in a hearty French Provençal beef broth with fragrant Vietnamese spices.  And it’s gluten free.  So the appeal is universal.  Many of my friends who live in the US or Europe have not had Pho ever, but adore it when they first have it.  Vietnamese cuisine, according to the Specialty Food Association Mintel – Global Market Research, is one of the top five most popular cuisines (out of 15 ranked) and continues to rise. Currently 21%
of grocery retailers believe that this type of cuisine will be increasingly popular.

TRR> In what countries are your products available?

SAF> So far we are available only in the US.

TRR> How does the preparation of your product compare to that of traditional pho?

SAF> It is faster without compromising on the taste or the authenticity. I use the spice mix myself.  Also it’s healthier as the noodles are made from brown rice.

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

SAF> I adore instant noodles and ramen – it tastes so good.  But I often feel soooo bad afterwards.  I don’t eat instant noodles anymore, as I learnt now that it doesn’t have to be that way.  Our line of Star Anise Foods products are just as quick to make, but you feel good afterwards as the ingredients are simple and wholesome.  We also use premium ingredients and as a result do not need to add a lot of different flavor enhancers and salt to create the taste. Our manufacturing facility only deals with rice flour – most instant noodles are wheat-based.

TRR> Are instant noodles the only products you make?

SAF> We make the world’s only brown rice spring roll wrapper, and a line of Vietnamese brown rice noodles with green tea and with seaweed.

TRR> A lot of people are concerned with their sodium intake. How would you recommend people enjoy your product as part of a healthy meal?

SAF> Our products all have very low sodium – 105mgs per serving which is only 5% of your daily recommended sodium intake.  I normally add a lot of spinach and other veggies to make it more of a full meal.  And I add a little bit of salt too.  But if you don’t want salt at all – use a lot of lime to add flavor.  And sriracha hot sauce.

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

SAF> Yes, I’m working on a project that provides mentoring for women entrepreneurs in developing countries.

TRR> Are there any new products coming soon?

SAF> Yes!

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

SAF> I sautee garlic in oil, then add thinly sliced beef or tofu and quickly sautee them.  Then I add these on top of the Pho soup.  Hanoi style.  And of course, a copious amount of sriracha hot sauce.

If you like our facebook page Star Anise Foods – you’ll find my favorite recipes there.  I share them often.

TRR> Thank you very much for this opportunity to learn about Star Anise
Foods and your products!

SAF> Thank you!!!

There you have it! Thanks go to Thao Nguyen, Ph.D. for giving us all some great info on Star Anise Foods and sending sample to review!

Interview * Star Anise Foods Sample * Happy Pho Vietnamese Brown Rice Noodle Soup Garlic Goodness

#208: Sau Tao Ramen King Scallop Seafood Soup Flavored

So Kit noticed these at 99 Ranch Market yesterday – a four pack of them on sale pretty cheap. Thought it’d be something to try – fresh noodles, scallop flavor, heck yeah!

So much like a Shirakiku Udon bowl except its ramen and there’s no paper bowl. If you look closely, you can see the packet says prawn on it.

Powder and gloop.

So you add 250cc of hot water to the powder and gloop and then…

…you add the noodles (click image to enlarge). So. The broth was great – no doubt about it. Tasty and groovy. The noodles are chewy and fresh – like an exorbitant shining elephant dancing on the top of a dewdrop encrusted jellybean made of pure jade. I really liked this stuff. Very low in fat and surprising 304mg of sodium too. Plus…

Call me kooky but that’s gotta be the best company name ever. I’m giving this one a 4.25 out of 5.0 stars – very simple yet very tasty.