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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!

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

#2383: Nissin Cup Noodles Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe)

#2383: Nissin Cup Noodles Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - The Ramen Rater - USA - instant noodles

Okay so here’s another one of the new recipe Cup Noodles from Nissin Foods USA – thanks again for sending ’em over! I did a kind of experiment a while back – one that ended pretty well. See, on Instagram I often see people enjoying their instant noodles alongside a beer as well as some form of Chee-Tos, whether they be regular, Flamin’ Hot or Flamin’ Hot Limon. What’s kind of funny about it is that it sort of makes sense. See, Chee-Tos kind of have the same effect on instant noodles as tempura. Weird but true – they’re crunchy but also work well in broth. It’s alright if you think I’m crazy, but I do find this somewhat poetic. Let’s check it out.

Nissin Cup Noodles Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) – United States

#2383: Nissin Cup Noodles Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - The Ramen Rater - USA - instant noodles

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains beef. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!

#2383: Nissin Cup Noodles Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - The Ramen Rater - USA - instant noodles

The iconic cup, unscathed by the march of time and progress.

#2383: Nissin Cup Noodles Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - The Ramen Rater - USA - instant noodles

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

#2383: Nissin Cup Noodles Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - The Ramen Rater - USA - instant noodles

The noodle block.

#2383: Nissin Cup Noodles Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - The Ramen Rater - USA - instant noodles

Some of the loose bits from inside the cup.

#2383: Nissin Cup Noodles Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - The Ramen Rater - USA - instant noodles

Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Cosmo mung bean sprouts, cilantro, Chee-Tos, hard boiled egg,beef and crushed red pepper. The noodles are thin and hydrated nicely. They have a soft tooth and are what you’d expect. Also a decent quantity of them. The broth does taste like a thin beef broth. Vegetable bits hydrated well. 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 070662030011.

#2383: Nissin Cup Noodles Beef Flavor Ramen Noodle Soup (New Recipe) - The Ramen Rater - USA - instant noodles

Nissin C u p Noodles Beef Flavor Soup 2.25 oz (Pack of 24)


Nissin Foods hasn’t changed the recipe for Cup Noodles since their unveiling in 1971.

New Cup Noodles From Nissin Foods USA (2 of 2)

Nissin Foods USA recently changed their instant Cup Noodles recipe for the first time in decades. Why? To lower sodium, MSG and artificial flavorings. Here are the samples they kindly send – they got new clothes as well!

Under the lid.

The second four flavors (click to enlarge). From left to right: Hearty Chicken, Spicy Chili Chicken, Hot & Spicy Shrimp and Spicy Lime Shrimp. Thanks! Looking forward to trying them all!

Meet The Manufacturer: NuTek Food Science

Lowering sodium without compromising taste: a visit to NuTek Food Science

‘Aren’t you worried about the amount of sodium you’re taking in?’ This question has been following me around for years now – from people commenting on a news article to a journalist interviewing me for a story. I’ve usually shrugged it off in some way as I’ve not had high blood pressure – ‘worst I’ve had has been borderline when visiting a doctor from time to time.’ These days however with my second son here and another child on the way, my thinking has shifted a little bit. I’m in my early forties (I mean twenties, cough cough) and thinking about how I definitely want to be there for my children and watch them grow into adults, live forever, and review instant noodles as long as they keep coming up with fascinating and tasty new takes of the local cuisine of the world. I’ve cut back on how much of the noodles I take in when I review in the last year or so – a slurp of broth, a mouthful of noodles and then the supplied garnishes to get the full feel for a product and review it. I then just try to eat the garnishes I might add in after that, and once that’s done, the rest goes down the garbage disposal. It’s hard though; there are varieties that I just have to eat the whole bowl after reviewing – the really tasty stuff, you know?

Most instant noodles on the market have a lot of sodium, and the main reason for that is that soup is mostly water. Water dilutes things, and noodles in bland water aren’t satisfying to anyone.

These were a few thoughts I had going through my head after being invited by James Wong, VP of sales for NuTek Food Science in Omaha, Nebraska to come and learn about their products. NuTek makes a salt – not sodium chloride salt like table salt, but one made out of potassium chloride; something that I’ve tried before but found to taste funky, bitter and all around nasty.

NuTek offered to fly myself as well as wife Christine and son Miles out to their headquarters and have me try their product and let them know what I think. I had turned down some free trips recently – one to Qinghai province in china to go on a special tour with other noodle bloggers, as well as a trip to South Korea to a big noodle expo – both of which sounded amazing but there was just no way that would work with our schedules. Omaha would be a quick trip and sounded neat – someplace new.

I met with James the day after we arrived in early June in the hotel lobby and we drove to NuTek’s headquarters. We chatted for a few minutes about instant noodles and then had a meeting with company’s President and COO Brian Boor, Dana Southard and Gary Uram from R&D.

They made a presentation about sodium and their product and it was very interesting.

Click to enlarge As it turns out (and probably nobody is really surprised at this) that we take in way more sodium than we should. What we should be doing is taking in large amounts of potassium. It is recommended that people take in about a 2 to 1 ration of potassium to sodium. I noticed that Japan had a very high average sodium intake – so I asked how do you account for their longevity? Well, it turns out their diet is very high in potassium. Studies have shown that keeping a 2-to-1 potassium-to-sodium ratio is more important than the absolute amount of sodium consumed. (Journal of the American College of Cardiology)

 

Click to enlarge The issue is that while it’s certainly easy to take in a lot of sodium, potassium isn’t as easy to get. As you can see, a lot of bananas and plain yogurt.

 

Click to enlarge The bottom line is that taking in so much sodium has increased the risk of cardiovascular disease quite a bit. The FDA has just come out with new industry guidelines on sodium in foods in over 150 categories in hopes of reducing sodium intake by a lot in the next few years. Many other countries have done this as well.

Next it was time to give this stuff a try. I was kind of nervous; what if it tastes horrible? Like I said, my only experience with a potassium chloride salt product was a few years back. I got one in a shaker at the store and tried it and it was bitter and nasty; to call it a salt substitute was a real stretch. I kept my mind open as we went to their research kitchen.

I was presented with three blind taste tests – one was an instant noodle whose broth was made with regular salt and the other broth made with 32% less sodium. Next were chicken strips, and then pizza. Time to turn off my brain and turn on my taste buds. I gave the first noodles and broth a try, then the second. I found the second to be more to my liking and have a nicer flavor. As it turned out, the second had the NuTek salt in it – at a 24% overall reduction in sodium (noodle plus broth).That immediately made me think – that’s 360mg potassium in there if the product had 1500mg sodium to start with. The second were the chicken strips. The first one tasted like a chicken strip – but the second tasted better; I could taste more of the chicken. Gary from R&D told me that potassium chloride hits the taste buds in a different way; sort of delayed. That being said, it gives the taste buds time to taste the food initially before the salty hit. Third was the pizza. They had used NuTek salt on one of the pizzas in the dough (37% sodium reduction), sauce (37% sodium reduction) and pepperoni (50% sodium reduction). It was at this point that I realized they had flown my family about 1700 miles to try some college dorm foods! All kidding aside, I couldn’t discern the difference between the pizzas. It was at that point that Chef Keys told me I should try the pepperoni from each pizza. What was funny is that one slice just seemed like normal pepperoni, while the other had a better flavor – and it was like my taste buds could appreciate it more. Sure enough, the latter was the NuTek salt pepperoni with 50% less sodium.

The proof definitely was in the eating for me. It’s almost insulting – why isn’t this stuff in every product, especially instant noodles? I mean with this stuff, you could now have an instant noodle cup for lunch and end up with much less sodium and the benefit of the amount of potassium you would get by having a banana! If it’s hard to get potassium in decent amounts here in the United States, what about other countries? Especially ones where instant noodles are more of a staple? Not only that, you can use this stuff in anything that you would use regular salt in.

After the tasting, I conducted this interview with Brian Boor about NuTek salt and posed some questions about it.

I brought home some of their Salt For Life consumer product (there’s one product for industry and one that replaces sodium chloride table salt in a shaker). Honestly, I don’t usually use a lot of salt on things, but I made some chicken I seasoned with their salt (which has 75% less sodium than table salt) and pepper and it came out really nice.

The bottom line is that I think this is really a miraculous invention. How many people do you know who have had heart attacks? Imagine if this was in a myriad of products everyone eats and could reduce the number of people with cardiovascular disease? I have no compunction in saying that I wholly endorse this product. I would say to the instant noodle industry as a whole, this is the future. I think that to not use this product would be ignorant – especially with such consumer outcry over sodium levels in processed foods. I’m no food scientist, but logic is logic, and my taste buds have given this 5.0 out of 5.0 stars. For more information, visit www.NuTekSalt.com.