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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

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#3263: Soup Daren Pork Bone Noodle – China

#3263: Soup Daren Pork Bone Noodle - China

Here’s one that came by way of World Ramens, a new business specializing in international instant noodle subscription boes. Use coupon code THERAMENRATER for a discount!

So I’ve reviewed some of these Soup Daren bowls but not seen the packs before. I’m pretty excited to try this one as the bowls were extremely good. Let’s check it out!

Soup Daren Pork Bone Noodle – China

#3263: Soup Daren Pork Bone Noodle - China

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Unsure whether this contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles and sachet contents to 500ml boiling water and cook 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3263: Soup Daren Pork Bone Noodle - China

The noodle block.

#3263: Soup Daren Pork Bone Noodle - China

A wet sachet.

#3263: Soup Daren Pork Bone Noodle - China

A garnish sachet (dry).

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, sesame seeds, soft egg, pork for hot pot , and habanero togarashi.It’s pretty amazing what flavors you can achieve without the use of what they’re named after. The noodles first off are soft and plentiful and suck up the flavor of the broth very well. The broth has a nice rich pork bone flavor – good oiliness and extremely tasty. Included garnish features vegetable bits and sesame seeds. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 6925303710880.

#3263: Soup Daren Pork Bone Noodle - China

Aranami Noodle/Ramen Bowl

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#3184: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor – United States

#3184: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor - United States

I thought hey I’ve got this other one – I should review it too. So here we are. It’s funny how there are two crowds; one that likes this brand and one that likes the other economy class instant here in the United States. They’ve both got their strengths, and the one with Maruchan I would say is the variety of flavors in their Ramen Noodle Soup range. There’s a ton of them – many of which are kind of hard to find. This is one I haven’t seen often. I think the first time I had this was back in early 2010 – yep that link is good old review #66. Looks like I re-reviewed it the next year.

What’s interesting is when this was reviewed and where. The bowl and placemat are a dead giveaway – the bowl is from Hawaii and the placemat pegs it as one of the miniscule handful of reviews I’ve done at my mom’s house in Anacortes, Washington. Not only that, the text of review #66 is interesting as well. I pose the question ‘is there even pork ramen in the world’ – wow. Dude, yeah there’s pork ramen. Look to Japan! Look to tonkotsu!

To think about ten years ago I was this clueless about the plaything instant noodles were to me at the time.I’ll admit I look back fondly at those days – I’m guessing this is the day before I flew down to California to help Kit get everything together so we could move into our new apartment in Edmonds, Washington. Where we lived within a very short walk of a 99 Ranch Market and started my march towards learning about and eventually travelling multiple times to Asia. Crazy.

The wheel in the sky keeps on turning. Let’s revisit this one, with a new packaging and see how it is now that I’ve got over 3,000 more reviews under my belt.

Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor – United States

#3184: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor - United States

Detail of the outer packaging (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, boil noodle block in 2 cups water for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add sachet contents and stir one full minute. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3184: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor - United States

The noodle block.

#3184: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor - United States

A dry sachet.

#3184: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor - United States

A light powder.

#3184: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor - United States

Finished (click to enlarge). Added soft egg, chashu pork, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, and black sesame seeds. The noodles are soft and have a very comfortable tooth to them. The broth has a salty pork chop kind of taste to them which is interesting. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 041789002137.

#3184: Maruchan Ramen Noodle Soup Pork Flavor - United States

Maruchan Ramen Pork Flavor, 3.0 Oz, 24 Count

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#3180: Yum Yum Tem Tem Tom Yum Moo Deng – Thailand

#3180: Yum Yum Tem Tem Tom Yum Moo Deng - Thailand

You probably know tom yum, but what about the moo deng part? Well, it’s pork. That was simple, right? Let’s get into this one by Yum Yum of Thailand!

Yum Yum Tem Tem Tom Yum Moo Deng – Thailand

#3180: Yum Yum Tem Tem Tom Yum Moo Deng - Thailand

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure whether it contains meat – check for yourself. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3180: Yum Yum Tem Tem Tom Yum Moo Deng - Thailand

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3180: Yum Yum Tem Tem Tom Yum Moo Deng - Thailand

The noodle block.

#3180: Yum Yum Tem Tem Tom Yum Moo Deng - Thailand

Loose seasoning and bits from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added spring onion, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, sesame seeds, chashu pork. Noodles hydrated nicely and are the standard thin Thai style. The broth has lemongrass and spicy notes as well as a pork component and little pieces of minced pork. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 8850250008996.

#3180: Yum Yum Tem Tem Tom Yum Moo Deng - Thailand

Yum-Yum Instant Cup Noodles Minced Pork Flavour Thai Original Soup Net Wt 60 g (2.11 Oz) x 6 cups

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#3156: Nongshim Spicy Gamjatang – United States

#3156: Nongshim Spicy Gamjatang - United States

What a week! So last week I didn’t do a single regular review. I was knee deep editing all sorts of unboxings and episodes of The Chocolate Break. While we were out I found this one. I’ve seen it many times before, but buying 5 packs isn’t something I like to do at all anymore as first they’re expensive and second I end up with three extra packs to give a home to.

First, this is made in South Korea. However this is an export version and definitely labeled for sale in the United States. This is what is called an export product, and since you wouldn’t find it in this manner in South Korea, even though it’s manufactured there and not at Nongshim in the United States, it’s getting the United States stamp. What’s interesting about this is that it contains pork bone broth and pork fat, so don’t know how they’re getting around that.

Now, this looks really promising. However I think this may just be a new version of one that’s been around for a while. I’ve seen potato pork from Nongshim up in Canada from their Chinese factory. It’s really tasty stuff! Then again, this one seems to have a little more emphasis on spiciness so that’s interesting. Let’s check it out!

Nongshim Gamjatang myun – United States

#3156: Nongshim Spicy Gamjatang - United States

Detail of the entire package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add everything but liquid base to 500ml boiling water and cook for 4 minutes. Add in liquid contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3156: Nongshim Spicy Gamjatang - United States

The noodle block.

#3156: Nongshim Spicy Gamjatang - United States

A dry sachet.

#3156: Nongshim Spicy Gamjatang - United States

A lot of powder.

#3156: Nongshim Spicy Gamjatang - United States

A wet sachet.

#3156: Nongshim Spicy Gamjatang - United States

A liquid paste.

#3156: Nongshim Spicy Gamjatang - United States

A garnish sachet.

#3156: Nongshim Spicy Gamjatang - United States

A colorful mixture.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added pork for Korean BBQ, green onion, sesame seeds, and fried crispy garlic. The noodles are just right – nice thickness and chew. The show stopper is the broth which has a nice spiciness and rich pork flavor. I really liked the varied included garnish as well – everything comes together in a very tasty dish. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 031146041732.

#3156: Nongshim Spicy Gamjatang - United States

Nongshim Korean Famous Ramen Variety Selection (농심 라면) (Spicy Gamjatangmyun, 4 Pack)

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#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen – Japan

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘Spicy but tasty tonkotsu shoyu soup with garlic and red pepper. Add pork kimuchi flavored oil to enjoy delicious smell of kimchi. Ingredients are well seasoned pork, two kinds of kimchi seasoned with special sauce, green onion, and red pepper.’

Spicy pork kimchi tonkotsu? Okay let’s give it a try!

Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen – Japan

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge).Contains pork. To prepare, add all but liquid base sachet into bowl and cover for 3 minutes. Add in liquid sachet. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

The noodle block.

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

A dry sachet.

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

A light powder.

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

A wet sachet.

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

A kimchi scented oil.

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

A dry garnish sachet.

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

An interesting melange.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, soft egg, barbecue pork, scallions, sesame seeds, and pepper flake. The noodles came out alright, but I think this one would be better served steeping for 4 minutes instead. A nice kimchi and tonkotsu flavor. Included garnish was alright although the kimchi hydrated and had an almost gelatinous other funk to it. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4901071231651.

#3154: Acecook Super Cup Pork Kimchi Ramen - Japan

Acecook Super Cup 1.5 times miso ramen 137g ~ 12 pieces

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Meet The Manufacturer: #3148: Hakubaku Tonkotsu Pork Flavor Ramen – United States

#3204: Hakubaku Tonkotsu Pork Flavor Ramen - United States

Here’s the second variety from Hakubaku to cross my desk recently. This is a shelf stable fresh noodle variety – let’s give it a try!

Hakubaku Traditional Noodle Bar Style Ramen Tonkotsu Flavor – United States

#3204: Hakubaku Tonkotsu Pork Flavor Ramen - United States

Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Contains pork. To prepare, add wet sachet to 10oz boiling water. Set aside. Boil noodles in a pot for 2 minutes. Drain. Add to soup. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3204: Hakubaku Tonkotsu Pork Flavor Ramen - United States

One of two servings of noodles.

#3204: Hakubaku Tonkotsu Pork Flavor Ramen - United States

One of two wet sachets.

#3204: Hakubaku Tonkotsu Pork Flavor Ramen - United States

The tonkotsu liquid soup base.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added black sesame seeds, chashu, soft egg, Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, spring onion, and habanero togarashi. The noodles come out extremely well – excellent backbone and character to them. The broth has a very tasty tonkotsu flavor; warm and stick to your ribsy affair here. 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 861462000133.

#3204: Hakubaku Tonkotsu Pork Flavor Ramen - United States

Hakubaku Ramen Tonkotsu Pork Flavor, 3 Pack, 9.7 ounce (2 servings), Japanese Restaurant-Style Fresh Noodle Soup

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A Recipe For Spectacular Pork Flavor Maruchan Ramen

A Recipe For Spectacular Pork Flavor Maruchan Ramen

Are you ready? Here’s a recipe from Lane of Antlers, Oklahoma – thanks! Watch me cook it up on a special episode of Instant Noodle Recipe Time EXTRA!

A Recipe For Spectacular Pork Flavor Maruchan Ramen

Watch the full cooking of this amazing thing!

A Recipe For Spectacular Pork Flavor Maruchan Ramen

Click to enlarge and enjoy the film! It was interesting – the crisp ramen in concert with the sauce mixture was reminisent of a cheese bite – like an appetizer with fried crispy on the outside and soup cheese inside. But the bite I had next which included the Slim Jim was vexing. It reminded me of fish which was strange. All in all, it’s been a while since I’ve attempted a kind of Franken-noodle and well worth it. Thank, Lane!

#3123: Luosiking Spicy River Snail Noodle – China

#3123: Luosiking Spicy River Snail Noodle - China

Here’s the second of the two Luosiking varieties Jack sent – thanks again! Two reviews ago, I tried the soup version. Let’s see what happens when you take the broth out!

Luosiking Spicy River Snail Noodle – China

#3123: Luosiking Spicy River Snail Noodle - China

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Contains snail. To prepare, add boiling water to line and cover 3 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet cotents. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3123: Luosiking Spicy River Snail Noodle - China

An included fork!

#3123: Luosiking Spicy River Snail Noodle - China

The noodle block.

#3123: Luosiking Spicy River Snail Noodle - China

The first of two wet sachets.

#3123: Luosiking Spicy River Snail Noodle - China

Undoubtedly the spicy element.

#3123: Luosiking Spicy River Snail Noodle - China

The second wet sachet.

#3123: Luosiking Spicy River Snail Noodle - China

The snail element.

#3123: Luosiking Spicy River Snail Noodle - China

Finished (click to enlarge). Added squid, spring onion, and fried garlic. Noodles hydrated well and had a decent chewiness. Flavor was strong – a little salty and a nice spiciness to it. Still, river snail has this fascinating pungency to it – I don’t know whether I like it or not. However, It is interesting and kept me wanting to try more. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 697068280122.

#3123: Luosiking Spicy River Snail Noodle - China

Straight Outta Liuzhou City Cool Gift – Water Bottle

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#3121: Luosiking River Snail & Pork – China

Here’s one that was sent to me directly by the manufacturer – thank you! It is a brand I’ve not tried in the past – Luosiking. River snail – that I’ve tried before. Let’s take a look.

Luosiking River Snail & Pork – China

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains pork and snail. To prepare, add boiling water to cover noodles and then sachet contents. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

An included fork!

The noodle block.

A wet sachet.

A cloudy liquid.

A second wet sachet.

A reddish liquid.

A sachet of wet vegetables.

Pickled radish.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added squid, spring onion, and Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts. Noodles hydrated nice – decent gauge and chew. The broth has a kind of earthy spicy savoriness to it. Very hard to explain. It’s not my favorite, but it sure is fascinating. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 697068280108.

Straight Outta Liuzhou City Cool Gift – Water Bottle

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#3062: Nissin Cup Noodle Nice Kimchi Tonkotsu – Japan

#3062: Nissin Cup Noodle Nice Kimchi Tonkotsu - Japan

Today we have a Zenpop.JP variety – so what’s Zenpop? They’re a subscription service for all things Japanese! Definitely, check them out. By the way, use coupon code RAMENRATER to get $2 off! Here’s what they had to say about this one – ‘Cup Noodle Nice are nice because they have a rich taste but are also better for you than the original Nissin Cup Noodles with fewer calories. Kimchi gives the creamy tonkotsu soup a spicy umami.’

Cool – let’s do this!

Nissin Cup Noodle Nice Kimchi Tonkotsu – Japan

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains shrimp, chicken and pork. To prepare, open lid halfway and add boiling water to line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!

#3062: Nissin Cup Noodle Nice Kimchi Tonkotsu - Japan

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#3062: Nissin Cup Noodle Nice Kimchi Tonkotsu - Japan

A different looking noodle block for a different kind of noodle.

#3062: Nissin Cup Noodle Nice Kimchi Tonkotsu - Japan

Loose seasoning and solid bits from the cup.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, chashu, shichimi togarashi,  and soft egg. Noodle came out really well – they’re thin, but they have a much stronger backbone than that of it’s fried Cup Noodle counterpart. Mouthfeel was very good – definitely prefer this style noodle over what is commonly found in Cup Noodle. Broth was thick and tasty – lots of kimchi all over and it had a satisfying crunch to it. All in all, just great stuff. 4.75 out of 5.0 stars.  JAN bar code 4902105246627.

#3062: Nissin Cup Noodle Nice Kimchi Tonkotsu - Japan

Cup Noodles NICE Ramen Pork Soy Sauce 58g×12pieces

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New TTL Spicy Pork Rice Wine Noodle – Taiwan – Unboxing Time

Just got done with the TTL (Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor) Meet The Manufacturer recently. Now, they’ve come up with a new variety and it arrived today. TTL’s products always have two things – a retort pouch with real meat and a sachet containing liquor. Let’s have a look!

New TTL Spicy Pork Rice Wine Noodle – Taiwan