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Vite Ramen Review | The Healthiest Instant Ramen You Can Eat


Vite Ramen is one of the most unique meal replacement companies and perhaps one of the most anticipated ones. They created a huge hype around a nutritionally complete ramen, everybody’s second favourite fast food (first is pizza, obviously), Hype is a double edge sword, though. While it might have helped them spread the word out, the hopes were really high. So did Vite Ramen up to the expectations? Let’s find out in this Vite Ramen review.

Vite Ramen Review

Opinion

Overall Feeling: Great Start With a Unique Product

I have hopes for Vite Ramen, it is a unique company, with the right philosophy and perhaps most importantly, a very exciting product. Without, having tried it yet, I have high hopes for how it might taste, and I can see as a great way to end some of the cravings I get when I am on a high liquid (meal replacement diet).

Nevertheless, due to the fact that they are a small company, and have a limited platform (noodles) there are few things that I would like to see them improve.

Basics, like a cleaner website, better shipping terms (easier said than done)… can go a long way. But where there is room of improvement, there is potential.

Viteramen flavours

What I like

1. Unique format. Let’s be honest, 95% of the appeal of Vite Ramen is that they offer nutritionally complete noodles. In all honesty, it is great to see different ways to consume complete food, and ramen is a very appetising one.

2. Company philosophy. It is great to see a company that believes on living wages and US manufacturing, even if that is at the cost of the price. Sometimes making compromises is the way forward.

3. Macronutrient distribution. The US is a market dominated by fat heavy meal replacements. For that reason, I like that Vite Ramen (somewhat forced by the format) has chosen a recipe with more carbs and lower fats.

4. Protein content. I always have a soft spot for protein. 27 plus grams of protein per 500kcal is great for some noodles. Definitely beats instant noodles.

4. Vegan and non-vegan options. It is always great to see both options to cater for the needs of more people.

What I dislike

1. Website. I will start with a non-product related issue and that is the website. It is somewhat of a mess, the shopping area looks a little amateurish and there is some lack of information. I think it could do well with a little clean up.

2. Shipping prices. I get it, it is almost impossible to offer a better deal, but paying $9 in a $34 order is a little too high and increases the cost of the final purchase.

3. Protein sources. Quinoa is a good source of protein, but wheat is a rather subpar source when compared to other alternatives. I get that adding any other source might be complicated or rather impossible, but it would be great to see some variation here.

Improvements

1. More vegetables. This is a little ironic, since this is an complete instant noodle. However, it would be great to see more of those nutrients coming from actual vegetables, if there is the option to do so.

2. Better shipping terms. I feel like this two queries are pretty hard to achieve, particularly at this stage. However, better and more clear shipping terms are a must for the company going forward.

3. Nutritionally different options. Honestly, it is pretty easy to quickly alter the macros by adding some tofu or some egg or some oil. However, for the extremely lazy it would be good to see some different options. Also, a gluten-free version would be great.

What PRODUCTS does Vite Ramen offer?

Viteramen products

Vite Ramen is produced by Vitekitchens. Currently, they offer just the ramen in different flavour variants. There is no gluten-free options or any diversity on the nutritional output, besides the fact that Mushroom Shio (a flavour option) is vegan.

In fact, let me tell you which ramen flavours are available currently:

  • Soy Sauce Chicken.
  • Garlic Pork.
  • Mushroom Shio (Vegan).

Vite Ramen V1.1

  • Meal Replacement
  • Solid
  • 500kcal/meal
  • 57C/22P/21F % of Energy from
  • 4.0g of sugars/1.0g of Saturated Fats per serving
  • Starting at: $3.02/400kcal
  • Cheapest: $2.87/400kcal
  • Allergen: Soy, Wheat

Vite Ramen Variety Pack

Instead of ordering each flavour individually, Vite Ramen offers you the possibility of purchasing the variety pack. This variety pack has 3 meals of each flavour and it is, perhaps, the best way to start with the super noodles. You can get 9 packs for the same price as if you would buy a single flavour, $33.95.

Nutritional breakdown

Viteramen Ingredients

Like in any other ramen, the foundation of Vite Ramen are the noodles the broth. Noodles are usually made of mostly carbohydrates. However, in order to achieve a complete nutrition, Vite Ramen uses custom made noodles with quinoa, enriched wheat flour and corn fiber.

On top of that, you will find two sachets in your Vite Ramen pack: one full of micronutrients; and the second, with the seasoning, like in most other insta-ramen packs.

Energy

Unlike many meal replacement shakes in the US, Vite Ramen’s energy output is carbohydrate “heavy” and quite low in fats. This is refreshing, considering that most of complete food in the US is rich in fats.

Macronutrient distribution taking into consideration % of energy from each:

  • Carbohydrates: 57%. Within the USDA recommended (45-65%).
  • Fats: 21%. Also within the recommended guidelines (20-35%).
  • Protein: 22%. Agai, within the guidelines (10-35%).

Thus, from an energy distribution standpoint; Vite Ramen is a good meal.

Fats

Per serving (DV based on US recommendation for 2,000kcal):

  • Total Fats: 12.0g. 15% of the DV.
  • Saturated Fats: 1.4g. 7.0% of DV.
  • Monosaturated (MUFA): 7.1g. This is 12.8% of the calories per serving.
  • Polyunsaturated (PUFA): 3.5g. This is 6.3% of the calories per serving.
  • Omega-3: ?g.

Just Enough Fats, Not Too Many

I want to make an special mention to the amount of fats in Vite Ramen, due to the fact that most brands in the US will have over 15g per 500kcal (30% of energy). Thus, most of the complete food shakes hover on the high end of the US guidelines.

With 12g per 500kcal, Viteramen will provide you with enough fats

Good Fatty Acid Distribution

While, I do not have the data for the omega-3 fatty acids; Vite Ramen has a healthy distribution of monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated fatty acids, according to current scientific knowledge.

On one hand, MUFA and PUFA levels are within the recommendations of WHO:

  • Energy from MUFAs between 15-20% of total calorie intake.
  • Energy from PUFAs between 6-11% of the total calorie intake.

Canola Oil

Even though there will be residual fat from other ingredients, most of the fats will originate from canola oil. This is a standard fat source in the industry, but it is more often used as a compliment for sunflower oil or other vegetable oil.

The reason for this is two-fold: one is the effect that canola oil can have on the taste (f there is too much); and the fact that is mostly used as source of omega-3s (that other vegetable oils lack).

Canola oil is rich in alpha-linolenic (omega-3) and has one of the healthiest fatty acid composition. However, it often is partially hydrogenated, creating traces of trans-fat, and consequently, counteracting all the goodness. Vite Ramen, luckily contains no trans-fats.

Fatty acid composition of canola oil.
Canola oil’s fatty acid composition.

Carbs

Per serving:

  • Total carbs: 73g, 27% of DV.
  • Sugars: 4g.
  • Fibers: 7g, 25% of DV.

The wheat flour and quinoa flour, found in the noodles, are the main carbohydrate sources. Neither of these are standard in the industry, which usually prefers oats or maltodextrin plus isomaltulose.

Carbohydrates viteramen

I spoke a little bit about quinoa on the Powdermatter review. It is a grain with a mix of complex carbohydrates, protein and fat (together with some micronutrients and some non-essential compounds). On top of that, quinoa is rich in fiber.

As a matter of fact, it is highly regarded as a source of nutrients by both the FAO and NASA. The quality and variety of such nutrients is the reason for it.

Wheat Flour; Source of Gluten

Whereas quinoa flour is great for being gluten free, wheat flour is not. The gluten on the ramens comes mainly from this ingredient. However, wheat flour is key in order to make the noodles.

The wheat flour is unbleached all purposed flour enriched with niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin and folic acid. The reason for this is that those micronutrients are lost in the refining step; and are reintroduced back afterwards. Unbleached flour is also higher in protein content than bleached flour is.

Protein

Per serving (based on Miso):

Vite Ramen – 27g (40.8% of RI).

Each flavour has a slightly different protein content, with Garlic Pork having the highest (30g), Soy Chicken second (28g) and Miso having the least. These variations come from the added flavouring ingredients that contain pieces of chicken and pork that provide that extra protein.

Protein from Quinoa and Wheat

Most of the protein comes from the noodles, however. 100g of uncooked quinoa has around 14g of protein;plus, 100g of wheat flour can have 14g per 100g, too (it will depend on the type of wheat used).

Essential amino acids in one cup of quinoa and all purpose unbleached white wheat flour as % of RDI based on a 70kg female.

The issue with many plant based (pea, oat…) and grain based (wheat, barley) protein sources is that they are incomplete on their own. In the case of quinoa, it is fairly well rounded, but requires big amounts. Wheat is fairly low in lysine; reason why the one of the sachets is fortified with L-lysine.

Good, Does Not Mean Great

As important as quantity is often the quality. There are many ways to measure this, including the Protein Digestibility-Corrected Amino Acid Score. PDCAAS are a measurement of protein quality based on quantity and ability for humans to digest it (max score of 1). Quinoa flour does not do as well as raw quinoa in this regard (0.64 vs 0.81, the higher the better).

Adjusted protein efficiency ration and PDCAAS for various foods collected from Marianangeli and House 2017; Nosworthy et al., 2017; Ranhotra et al., 1993; and, Mahoney et al., 1975.

While the sheer amount will overcome any deficiency for “normal” humans, this means that 27g of protein from Vite Ramen would not be equal to 27g of protein from chicken.

Micronutrients

Most of the micronutrients in Vite Ramen are provided in a separate sachet that contains 25% of the vitamins and minerals that you will need in a daily basis.

Allergens

Vite Ramen noodles contain wheat, thus gluten, and might contain soy and/or sesame depending on the flavour.

Garlic Pork Nutrition Label v1.1
Viteramen Vegan Miso Nutrition
Vite Ramen Soy Chicken Nutrition Label
More information about Vite Ramen v1.1 update.

Vite Ramen Testimonials

Unfortunately, since I live on the other side of the Atlantic, I have been unable to try this fantastic and innovative product. Thus, even though I am dying to try some delicious noodles, I have but to rely on other people’s testimonials to let you know about the taste and experiences.

Is Viteramen Just Glorified Ramen With Added Multivitamins?

This is a very reasonable question, seeing how most of the micronutrients come from a separate package. The short answer is not quite, as Tom (founder) explained:

If it were as simple as an instant ramen and a multivitamin, it would’ve saved us quite a bit of time of R&D in our apartment, haha! What we wanted was not just an addition of micronutrients, but also higher protein, fiber, and better macronutrient ratios. We’re also about what doesn’t get added into the ramen, which is a big part of it! Regular instant ramen+multivitamin still means you’re getting a ton of sodium and deep frying.

Tom , from Reddit.

In fact, it seems that the reduced sodium and fat content has been a very important factor for many instant ramen enthusiast to swap to Vite Ramen.

Is Vite Ramen Too Expensive?

In fact, in the same thread, there is a very insightful comment when regarding the price of Viteramen, and how most users seem to be just.

The downside is that it costs $4.74 per packet (price includes delivery to my area) vs. like 22 cents for instant ramen. But then, Vite-ramen has an additional 19 grams of protein, plus a full micro-nutrient profile, isn’t fried, etc.
I suppose you could buy instant ramen, plus protein powder, plus a vitamin pill, then crush up the pill, then mix it all together, and save a few bucks. […] Or you could just buy a pack of Vite-ramen, microwave it for five minutes, mix in the packets, and be done with it!

u/kaidomac, at Reddit

There is no denying that Vite Ramen is currently expensive, partially due to the fact that they are a small enterprise; thus, the logistics cost more. Perhaps in the future, with a bigger userbase, the costs could be lowered (particularly shipping costs).

What Is Wrong With The Shipping?

Particularly, the shipping costs seem to be a reason to complain among the community.

So I’d been eager to try this for a while, and finally got around to ordering the sample pack. My first reaction was actually pretty negative: I’m on the east coast, so shipping took nearly two weeks and cost a million dollars.

u/FponkDamn, at Reddit

Again, when you are used to free shipping (thanks Amazon) and fast delivery times; it is hard to go back. However, for small companies that are just starting this is hard to deliver. Partially, because you need some volume of orders before getting any good deals with the couriers.

So, How Does It Taste?

As usual, there are reviews on both sides; but I have mostly read positive reviews.

And… damn it, that shit is delicious.
Like, really really good. And I definitely wasn’t hungry or craving anything after. I’m a big guy, and one of my benchmark measurements with any of the Soylent-category stuff is “will this make me full.” 

From u/FponkDamn

However, there have been some complaints about the noodles being too hard. There are other complaints about the flavours being a little bland and the flavours being too artificial. One review stood out too me:

There’s not much to love outside of the texture. The taste of the noodles is like what I imagine stale, artificial canned bread to taste like.
The soup bases were awful. They taste sickeningly artificial, almost like drinking ramen flavored medicine. I haven’t been able to stomach more than a few spoonfuls of soup from each of the flavors.

From Liuandfood.com

Vite Ramen vs

This comparison section is a little weird in this case, since I will have to compare 2 different formats (solid vs powder). Despite the fact that both are complete food, I do not think they overlap very heavily.

However, I do think it is fun to compare Vite Ramen to some of the most popular meal replacements in the US:

  • Soylent Drink. The quintessential American meal replacement.
  • Huel Powder. Perhaps, one of the best powders available in the market.

Vite Ramen vs Huel

Huel is one of the biggest companies, and this is largely due to their powder. It is one of the most popular products, as well as, nutritionally one of the best. While Vite Ramen is just starting, Huel has been around for 4 years, and it is a very firmly established firm.

 Vite RamenHuel
FromUSUK
Ships toUSWorld
$/400kcal$$$$$
C/P/F57/22/2140/30/30
AllergenWheatGluten*
kCal/meal500400
Serv/day45
SuitableVegan*Vegan
Flavours37
Products14*
Subscription10%
Huel 2 bags
Huel Powder comes in bags of 28 meals of 500kcal.

Flavours Available:

Vite Ramen: Soy Chicken, Garlic Pork, and Vegan Miso.

Huel Powder: Vanilla, Coffee, Chocolate, Berry, and Unflavoured & Unsweetened.

Products Available:

Vite Ramen: Just the ramen.

Huel: Huel Powder, Huel Powder Gluten Free, Huel Powder Professional, Huel Bar, Huel Granola, and Huel Ready to Drink.

Price:

Price
Huel Powder
Vite Ramen
US ($)
per 400 (expensive)1.943.02
per 400 (cheapest)1.363.02

Huel offers free shipping in the US, whereas Viteramen currently will charge you depending the order size and the location.

Nutrition

per servingVite RamenDV (%)
Huel Powder
DV (%)
Energy (C/P/F)57/22/2140/30/30
Energy (kCal)5002540020
Fats (g)12.01612.016
Saturated (g)1.052.012
Trans fat (g)
0.00.0
MUFA (g)
7.53.0
PUFA (g)
3.77.0
Carbs (g)72.02642.015
Sugars (g)4.01.0
Fiber (g)7.09.032
Protein (g)275429.058
Sodium (mg)53023291.013

Notice that the nutritional values might vary slightly depending on which flavour is used as referrence. Furthermore, the values for ViteRamen were displayed for 500kcal, whereas Huel’s are for 400kcal.

Huel is a vegan powder that uses pea and rice protein to provide with a balanced amino acid profile as opposed to quinoa and wheat.

Another difference is that Huel relies on oats (gluten-free optional) to provide you with complex carbohydrates. Due to the macronutrient distribution, Huel’s GI (27) is likely to be lower than Vite Ramen’s.

Vite Ramen is lower in saturated fats, and this might be because Huel adds medium chain triglycerides to the mix. These are from coconut; nevertheless, Huel has sunflower oil and canola oil as main fat sources.

Which One Should I Buy?

In all honesty, I think both appeal to different audiences or at least different situations. I think Huel Powder (and the RTD and the bar) are going to be better on the go and as a lunch in the office. Vite Ramen is perfect for a quick meal at home, instead.

Vite Ramen

  • You are a complete food fanatic but are tired of the shakes.
  • Looking for higher carb meal replacements.
  • You are craving savoury meal replacements.

Huel

  • High protein shake.
  • Looking for the best on the go nutrition.
  • You are on a extreme budget.

Vite Ramen vs Soylent

Soylent is often considered as the father (or mother) of the meal replacement movement. The American brand has completely dominated the market with the powder and ready-to-drink meals. Vite Ramen is not a direct competitor of Soylent’s but rather an alternative.

 Vite RamenSoylent
FromUSUS
Ships toUSUS & UK
$/400kcal$$$$$
C/P/F57/22/2135/19/46
AllergenWheatSoy
kCal/meal500400
Serv/day54
SuitableVegan*Vegan
Flavours36*
Products23
Subscription5%
All products that Soylent currently offers.

Flavours Available:

Vite Ramen: Soy Chicken, Garlick Pork and Vegan Miso.

Soylent: Original, Cacao, Vanilla, Strawberry, Cafe Chai, Cafe Mocha and Cafe Vanilla.

Products Available:

Vite Ramen: Only ViteRamen.

Soylent: Soylent Drink (RTD), Soylent Cafe (RTD), Soylent Bridge (RTD), Soylent Powder and Soylent Squared (bar).

Price:

Soylent Drink and Cafe cost $3.25 per bottle (except the original that costs $2.83) without subscription. With the 5% discount, it goes down to $3.09/400kcal (or $2.69 for original).

The powder is cheaper (~$1.8/400kcal) while the bars are more expensive.

Nutrition

per servingVite RamenDV (%)
Soylent Drink
DV (%)
Energy (C/P/F)57/22/2135/19/46
Energy (kCal)5002540020
Fats (g)12.01621.032
Saturated (g)1.051.58
Trans fat (g)
0.00.0
MUFA (g)
7.516.0
PUFA (g)
3.73.5
Carbs (g)72.02642.015
Sugars (g)4.09.0
Fiber (g)7.03.012
Protein (g)27542040
Sodium (mg)53023300.013

I used values for Soylent Drink Original. There might be some minimal changes between the different flavours.

There are many differences, nutritionally, between the two products, starting from the macronutrient distribution. Soylent opts for high fat- low carb meal replacements, which means it has double the fats Viteramen has. These are predominantly from sunflower oil and canola oil.

Similarly, there is a huge discrepancy on the carbohydrate quantity and sources. Soylent opts for maltodextrin and isomaltulose (thus the sugar being “high” in Soylent), which are two processed but efficient carb sources. They are very low on fiber, which it can be seen on the total number.

Regarding protein, Soylent uses soy protein isolate, a fine protein source; but in lower quantities.

Purchasing

It is worth mentioning that you might find Soylent at your local 7-Eleven or Kroger (or Wallmart…), since Soylent Drink has been available in retail for a while.

However, Amazon or their website is usually the best way to buy. On the other hand, Vite Ramen is currently only available on their online store.

Which One Should I Buy?

Once again, I do not think it is one or the other, but rather they can be use as complementary tools. Soylent is a much better alternative to eat on the go and has a bigger flavour option, even though they are all sweet. Thus, it is likely the better breakfast option.

Soylent

  • More flavour options.
  • Caffeinated RTDs.
  • Great to drink/eat on the go.

Vite Ramen

  • Better for dinner or cook at home.
  • Enables you to have more complex meals.
  • Arguably the healthiest of both.

Vite Ramen vs Instant Ramen

I wanted to take a generic instant ramen and compare it to Vite Ramen. There are so many brands that I could choose from, that I decided to settle with the top pick on Amazon: Nissin Instant Ramen Beef.

Price

Starting with the price, Nissin’s instant ramen are probably not the cheapest you can buy, but at $16.99 for a 12 pack, they easily beat Vite Ramen. However, this is not surprising, considering the fact they are a much bigger company and have lower costs.

Nutrition

Most likely this is the most interesting part of the comparison, and where Vite Ramen should shine above any other instant noodles.

per servingVite RamenDV (%)
Nissin Instant Ramen
DV (%)
Energy (C/P/F)57/22/2150/9/41
Energy (kCal)5002546023
Fats (g)12.01621.032
Saturated (g)1.058.040
Trans fat (g)
0.00.0
MUFA (g)
7.516.0
PUFA (g)
3.73.5
Carbs (g)72.02642.015
Sugars (g)4.02.0
Fiber (g)7.03.012
Protein (g)27541020
Sodium (mg)53023185077

Surely so, there is no comparison when it comes to which one is the healthiest.

Ignoring the fact that the generic instant noodles have almost 0 vitamins and minerals; there are plenty of other red flags. For instance, Vite Ramen has less than a third of sodium content (which is a big issue in the US). On top of that, it is also significantly lower on saturated fats (and fats overall). This combo is key for a reduce risk of cardio vascular diseases and lower cholesterol levels.

Not only the nutrient quantities are unhealthy in the generic instant ramen, but there are some questionable ingredients such as palm oil. Not only it is a big cause of deforestation, but palm oil is also rich in palmitic acid which is linked to increased cholesterol when paired with lack of exercise and overeating. It is also prime to be partially hydrogenated, which is even worse for proper cholesterol control.

Which One Should I Buy?

I think that is clear that Vite Ramen is a much more complete and healthy alternative to your generic instant ramen. These tend to be full of sodium, fats (often of lower quality) and sub-optimal ingredients that could cause you negative health effects in the long term. So if you are looking to eat healthy noodles, either cook them at home or go for Vite Ramen


There are plenty of other alternatives, including Ample, a more natural shake and recently included in my top organic and natural meal replacement shakes. There are also cheaper alternatives like SuperBodyFuel.

More info about Vite Ramen

viteramen

Vite Ramen is one of the newest additions to the meal replacement market. In fact, it is one of the most unique, too. These cool ramens were born from the dreams of Tim and Tom Zheng. Twins with dreams of nutritionally complete ramen.

Apparently, they were not the only ones with that dream; since their project was incredibly successful in Kickstarter (a crowdfunding website). The idea took off and received $250k from 4,235 anxious backers. It also created a huge stir in the r/soylent subreddit.

At the start of 2019, the first backers received their orders, and since it has been a story of success.

About the Founders

Tim and Tom Zheng Vite Ramen
Tom on the left, and Tim on the right.

Tim Zheng studied Managerial Economic at UC Davis, before starting Vite Ramen. On top of that, he has a degree from the International Culinary Center, plus a some brief experience at a Michelin-starred restaurant.

I would always eat instant ramen for lunch during college […] but in order to try and get my protein content, I had to add five or six eggs into the ramen, which was a little bit ridiculous .

Tim Zheng, Sactownmag.

On the other hand, Tom Zheng studied Clinical Nutrition at the same university as his twin brother. He is in charge of the nutritional aspect of Vite Ramen.

About Vite Ramen

Even though, above I have drawn an easy and quick picture to success, for Vite Ramen, the truth is that the project has been ongoing for a while now. According to their Kickstarter campaign, the idea was initially thought in March 2016.

Vite ramen origin
A good insight to the fact that all companies start somewhere and by somebody.

After hundreds of hours developing the ideal product, particularly the flour that would go on the noodle, the first prototype was created in August 2017. From there, the company worked on developing their facilities and products.

It was only in April 2018, when the Kickstarter campaign was launched to fund the latest stages of the operation. A successful campaign that has led to the steady growth of the company, which has 11 employees currently.

Vite ramen
Part of the team behind vite ramen.

The Spirit of Vite Ramen

Sometimes you see details that make you smile. In this case, a compromise to pay the living wage, make the noodles in the US and the commitment to high quality ingredients, made me smile. A commitment to accountability and quality. Vite Kitchen

Being from a culinary background, we’re intimately familiar with the kind of exploitation that workers can be subject to, and the kind of poverty people can experience even while working twelve hour days. The first step to combating this kind of exploitation is to set up business models that incorporate living wages and healthy amounts of vacation and PTO for people, rather than the unsustainable business models that currently exist.

Vite Kitchens is all about communication, transparency, and just generally trying to be good people.

From their website

Truth be told, so far they have been good to their words, with multiple updates on Reddit, Facebook and other channels. Let’s hope it stays that way.

Viteramen artsy competition winner
Vite Hydra, the winner of the Artsy Fartsy competition, won by Jenny.

Packaging

This has been an area were Vite Ramen has had some negative feedback. For meal replacement users that are used to minimal packaging and want to have a positive impact in the environment, any excessive wrap is too much.

Viteramen packaging
What it is inside the package: noodles, seasoning, a bag with vitamins and minerals (noodrients) and canola oil.
Improvements on reducing the amount of plastic.

When comparing to powder meal replacements, it will always require more wrapping and more space to store, unfortunately. Either way, the wrapping is now recyclable, according to Vite Ramen.

Regarding storage of the product, the ramen will last 9 months from the time that is manufactured.

Pricing

Currently, Vite Ramen can only be bought in packs of 9 meals only. All three different flavours and even the variety pack are priced equally. 9 packs will cost you $33.95 plus shipping; thus, each 500kcal meal will be $3.77.

This can be lowered by 5% by subscribing for a monthly (or 2-3 monthly) order.

From a meal replacement point of view, this is double the price of the most common powders (Soylent, Huel). However, it is a little closer to the ready to drink and meal replacement bars.

When compared to other instant ramens, it also comes as a little expensive. However, when you take into account that is manufactured in a small scale in the US, with local ingredients, I must say that the pricing strikes as just.

Tightly packed ramen.

Shipping and Return Policy

Unlike the usual trend, this product is not available in Europe and Vite Ramen only ships to the US. Despite the fact that they have mention they are looking to international shipping, I would not count on this feature coming out soon. Taking into consideration the volume, the cost will be too high to be viable in the short term.

When it comes to US shipping, the fee will depend on the State and the size of the order. It can vary from $9 for a single package ($33.95 order) to $47.3 for 10 packs ($339.5 order). Some locations like New York do seem to have slightly lower fees, nevertheless, the trend will be a fairly considerable shipping fee.

Buying from Canada

Like many other meal replacement manufacturers, Vite Ramen does not ship to Canada, yet. While the reasons for this might be logistic related, and not law related (like Soylent and Huel), I would not expect Vite Ramen to ship to Canada any time soon.

Instead, you could buy across the border and use a third party to ship you to Canada. This will add to the total price though.

A small introduction to Vite Ramen.

How to Cook Vite Ramen

Usually, it is pretty straightforward. Pour 300-400ml of water and add a couple of scoops of powder and shake. However, Vite Ramen requires some cooking. Although, we could argue whether this is really cooking.

Jokes aside, there are two ways to cook your healthy ramen; on the stove or on the microwave. Vite Ramen recommends the first, but one cannot deny the second might be the easiest.

Cooking Vite Ramen on the Stove

  1. Put 2 and a half cups of water boiling (20oz or 625ml). Add the noodles and let them soften.Note: the less water the stronger the flavour, but it will also be more likely to stick to the pan.
  2. Turn off the heat and add the vegetables, flavouring and oil packets. Stir thoroughly.
  3. In order to ensure optimal nutrition, wait for the mix to cool down before adding the Noodrient packet.

Cooking Vite Ramen on the Microwave

  1. Pour 2 and a half cups of water in a bowl and put the noodles inside.
  2. Microwave for 2.5 minutes (1000W). You might have to find the optimal timing for your microwave (less voltage, more time).
  3. Flip the noodles to expose the other side to the water and further microwave for 2.5 minutes.
  4. Stir the noodles and add all the ingredients from the sachets.

Recipes

I will add a couple of cool ideas and ingredients that you can easily add to your Vite Ramen soup to make it even more delicious. These Vite Ramen recipes might slightly alter the nutritional profile of the meal, but will also give a superb touch.

Viteramen recipe scallots
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Vite Ramen recipe by Tim with scallions and spring onions.

Ingredients That You Can Add:

Vegetables: Scallions, leek, spring onions, garlic, asparagus, carrots (boiled), Chinese spinach, dried seaweed…

Oils: Sesame oil, spicy oil, olive oil…

Meats: roasted chicken, diced pork, pork belly, mince beef… Any fatty well cooked piece could do.

Other: tofu, kimchi, sriracha, miso, boiled eggs, spicy sauces, seeds, cheese, soy sauce, lime juice, black pepper, broth…

3 Simple Vite Ramen Recipes

Extra Chicken Vite Ramen

This is for those looking to add some extra protein and chicken flavour to the mix.

Extra ingredients required:

  • Roasted Chicken. You can use those that are sold in packs at the supermarkets.
  • Chicken broth.

Method:

  • Follow the cooking steps outlined above (stove) but use chicken broth instead of water to cook your noodles. Use some extra broth (0.5 to 1 cup) to make the soup a little more watery.
  • After you add the standards ingredients from the sachets and stir well add the chicken.
  • Sprinke some lime juice and fresh onions if you have any for extra points.
Viteramen with chicken and egg
Egg and chicken are two ingredients you can add easily. Your dishes will take another dimension.

Vegan Delux Vite Ramen

Extra ingredients required:

  • Vegetable broth (optional).
  • Fresh mushroom.
  • Garlic.
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil or your favourite cooking oil.
  • Miso Vite Ramen.

Method:

  • Chop the garlic and dice the mushrooms. You can also slice them
  • Put the oil in a pan and heat it before adding chopped garlic and mushrooms. Let them cook until soft.
  • Cook your noodles with the vegetable broth. Dry them and put them in the pan with the mushroom and garlic. Add the other ingredients from the sachets. Mix well.
  • You can add some sesame seeds, stallion or soy sauce for extra points.

Bacon & Egg Vite Ramen

Extra ingredients:

  • Bacon (2-3 strips)
  • Egg (2 if you are hungry)
  • Pork Vite Ramen

Method:

  • Put the egg boiling for about 8 minutes (for soft yolk).
  • Cook the Vite Ramen noodles as per instructions.
  • On a pan, fry the bacon with some oil.
  • Add the eggs and the bacon to the ramen.

Vite Ramen FAQ

Are Vite Ramen meals gluten-free?

Currently, the noodles contain gluten and while there are plans to make them gluten-free, they are NOT.

Is Vite Ramen vegan?

They offer one vegan option (Miso Ramen), but the other two flavours contain meat.

How long does it take to prepare?

You will be able to prepare the ramen in 5 minutes. All you will need is a pot and some boiling water to prepare the noodles and add the other ingredients to.

Alternatively, you will can prepare them in the microwave.

Is Vita Ramen GMO-free?

Vita Ramen founder Tom stated that they have no issues using GMO ingredients, since there is no scientific evidence against them. Thus, Vite Ramen meal might contain GMO ingredients.

Can I use Vite Ramen as only source of food?

While technically the supernoodles have all the nutrients that your body needs, it does not contain non-essential compounds (phytonutrients) that help your body function properly. Therefore, I would advise against it.

What is the shelf-life of Vite Ramen?

They will last in your pantry for about 9 months. It should be safe to use after that date, but some of the nutrients might have lost quality.

Where is Vite Ramen produced?

Vite Ramen is produced in the US.

Is Vite Ramen as healthy as other meal replacements?

This is a complicated question. Vite ramen is a valid meal replacement or complete food, since it contains all the nutrients than you need. Whether it is better or not will depend on your personal needs and the rest of the diet.

Conclusion

Who is Vite Ramen for?

Vite ramen is ideal for all those college students that binge on instant noodles. In a more serious note, it is a great product that can give you a complete food, while offering you a break from a shake.

If you are bored of the sweet meals, this will be a great alternative and something to look for, even though it might be a little more expensive than your regular shake.

Does It Taste Good?

While I have not had the chance to try it yet, unfortunately, it has had very good reception. For those used to instant noodles it will be a very familiar taste. For those who are not, I think it will be an enlightenment.

Will I Get All the Nutrients I Need?

Definitely you will, at least all the essential nutrients. Vite Ramen has been designed to fulfill the dietary requirements set by the USDA, and provides you with appropriate amounts of every macro- and micronutrient. Each meal will give you 25% of your daily needs.

Wait a Moment, Is It Perfect?

While it certainly is a great idea, it is far from being perfect.

  • Nutritionally there are some tweaks that can improve the product.
  • Shipping price is a little too high.
  • Flavours seem to have room for improvement.

Vita Ramen Review: Verdict

Vita Ramen is a great example of how to launch your product. Well researched, well rounded and with a solid team behind it. The result? A complete ramen that has many good features and has become a great alternative to meal replacement shakes. If you are looking for a warm complete food, look no further.

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Interesting sounding product. I’d definitely give a try as a quick evening meal, it it comes available in the UK