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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!

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!

#971: Meet The Manufacturer: Annie Chun’s Ramen House Spicy Chicken Ramen

Here’s the next to last of the Annie Chun’s varieties they were kind enough to send for Meet The Manufacturer. Spicy Chicken Ramen sounds awesome! Let’s check it out.

Back of the package (click image to enlarge).

The fresh ramen packet.

The liquid soup base.

Has a spicy scent!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added bell peppers, onions and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are nice and fresh with good firmness – good stuff. The broth is indeed spicy and has a rich and deep flavor I found very enjoyable. This is a good one! 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 765667140109 – get it here.

Here’s a show about Annie Chun’s products.

Samples Of The Rapid Ramen Cooker

Got this mailer today from the mailman…

This is a new product I found out about from a news story (link). I thought ‘wow this is awesome!’ After looking, I found the guy who invented and is marketing the product, Chris Johnson. He graciously offered to send samples and do an interview! Well, here are the samples and I will be trying them out with a few brands and doing an interview pretty soon. Thanks for these, Chris! Looking forward to hearing more about them! By the way, you can check out his website at www.rapidramen.com!

#877: Nongshim Shin Bowl Noodle Soup (New Version)

Realized I haven’t reviewed the new version of the Shin Bowl. A lot of people have asked if I noted any difference from the old version (non-microwaveable) and the new one. Well, I guess we shall see!

Panels from the cardboard outer (click to enlarge).

Here’s a close up of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block – nice color!

A single seasoning packet.

The hot stuff! This is a Korean red broth – something to enjoy thoroughly for its spiciness!

Here are a couple bits that were in the bottom of the bowl under the noodle block. Looks like mushroom and some other things going on. There was a lot more.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added some fresh onions, some kimchi and a couple pieces of processed cheese. The noodles are great – light and buttery. The broth is good too – nice and flavorful and spicy. The veggies aren’t bad – decent amount of them too. As far as a difference, I would say it’s definitely not as spicy as it used to be, but it definitely has a very good taste I enjoyed thoroughly. From looking at the old version review, I’m going to say I like this one a lot better. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars!UPC bar code 031146262441.

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A Shin Ramyun commercial.

My interview with KBS America.

Okay so by now, most folks have heard about Psy and Gangnam Style. He’s definitely not representative of all Korean pop music – his tune’s definitely something different. A lot of what you hear from Korea are boy bands/girl bands – and oft times they have a ton of members – I think 2ne1 has like 7 men and women. Here’s something else you see an awful lot – companies having KPop bands promote their products. This is one of the members of T-ara with a recipe for Shin Ramyun. Now what’s interesting about this one is that there was a bit of a controversy in Japan about this; if you watch it, you will notice at a certain point she puts the noodles on the updide down lid and eats them. This is a very common practice in Korea to cool down the noodles. Well, the Japanese found this a little off-putting. People are funny.