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This New Instant Ramen Brand Could Be A College Student’s Ultimate Food Source

Ever tried living off of instant ramen alone? I mean, we joke about doing that all the time in school, but we were usually mixing in other foods as well.

One of my college professors loved telling a story about a friend of his who tried the instant ramen diet for a month. Apparently, he ingested so much sodium that his eyes went yellow and needed some serious medical attention. Yikes.

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There’s a new brand of instant noodles around, though, that claims to give you everything you need, minus the sodium overdose. This “nutritionally complete” Vite Ramen packs in a ton of key nutrients per serving, all while keeping you well under the recommended amount of daily sodium intake of 2,300 mg.

The ramen noodles are satiating at 500 calories and 27 grams of protein per serving pouch. They’re not necessarily a “healthy ramen,” but they’ll fill you up and act as a noodle “multivitamin,” if you will, at the same time.

Each serving comes with a nutrient packet that contains 25% of what you need for every key mineral and vitamin. The ramen also keeps it low on the salt, at 575 mg per pouch. So technically, you can live off the ramen alone by eating four packs a day. You’d get all of your needed major nutrients (a miracle in today’s age of consumption) while staying at exactly 2,300 mg of sodium. That’s pretty impressive.

It definitely wouldn’t be super cheap to live solely off of Vite Ramen, however. Each packet costs $3, and four of them are supposed to get you through a day. That comes out to roughly $360 per month on food costs, which the USDA considers to be a “liberal budget” for a college student. You don’t need to eat all four daily, though, as just three still gets you most of the nutrients you need and fits under a “moderate” food budget.

Still, Vite Ramen is meant to be a meal replacement for when you don’t have the time or energy to make a nutritious dinner. That means that when you need to fill up in a pinch, you can use these noods and know that you’re getting way more nutrition than the other options out there.

Vite Ramen is currently crushing it on Kickstarter, having fulfilled their fundraising goal 10 times over with a couple of days to go. They’re ready to start production off the bat, so you should be able to see them in retailers and available for online purchase soon.

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Cup Noodles Just Developed Steam-Proof Glasses That Won’t Fog Up While Eating

Cup Noodles’ latest invention feels like it may be an April Fool’s prank, but also has plenty of potential as a real product.

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The ramen giant just teamed up with Zenni Optical to create steam-proof glasses that won’t fog up while you eat that piping hot bowl of soup. Inside of the glasses is an integrated electric fan that blows steam away from the glasses, keeping your vision clear while eating.

There’s also a detachable fork on the side of the glasses so that you always have a utensil available for eating on the go. While that might be more of a gimmick, the steam-proof glasses concept could be useful for a whole host of other operations.

Glasses fog up because of water vapor that condenses onto the lens. This can come from the steam of hot food, but can also stem from your own breath or sweat, along with any other conditions that involve evaporating water. With this model, those who wear glasses wouldn’t have to worry about carrying around glasses cleaners or rags to deal with constant fogging issues, especially in warmer weather.

While the concept is dope, it may just be a one-time thing for April Fool’s, since it is that time of year. Cup Noodles hasn’t confirmed whether that is the case, but did tell Foodbeast that the only pair that exists is Zenni’s prototype. Whether that could result in more pairs being made in the future remains to be seen.

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This SF Korean Fried Chicken Icon Just Dropped Bulgogi Stir Fry Ramen

We always get a feeling of nostalgia when we go in on a steamy cup of Nissin Cup Noodles. That first slurp and gulp always takes us back to our childhoods — whether it was an after-school meal or a late-night snack.

That sentiment is what inspired this Dream Cup Noodles collaboration.

Chef Charlie Kim of Aria Korean Tapas, a Korean fried chicken joint located in the heart of the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco, runs the shop with his mother and father.

The former UCLA hockey player fondly remembers eating Nissin Cup Noodles after practice as his favorite meal of the day.

Now, as the owner of his own Korean restaurant, Kim’s love for Original Cup Noodles has come full circle, evidenced by this Bulgogi Cup Noodles dish.

Chef Kim stir fries bulgogi ribeye rolls with ramen noodles, garlic, and ginger until beef meets noodles in a medley of flavor. Kim finishes the cup with mozzarella cheese, stir fry kimchi, and a fried egg — a love letter to the foods of his youth.

Those who love the intricacies of Korean cooking will want to keep an eye out for this cup at FOODBEAST’s upcoming noodle festival.

Come join the festivities as Aria Korean Tapas debuts this exclusive fusion of traditional Korean flavors at Foodbeast’s Noods Oakland presented by Nissin Cup Noodles on April 7th. Visit www.noodsfest.com for more information or to purchase tickets.


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Biryani Cup Noodles Are An Insane Flavor Collab You HAVE To Try

Over the past few years, Curry Up Now has become a well-known staple in the book of Bay Area eats, thanks in part to a fleet of four food trucks and six locations all dishing out elevated Indian street food, like tikka masala burritos, criss-cut sweet potato fries and kofta fauja singh.  

While creating out-of-the-box, Indian-inspired cuisine has become a way of life for Rana Kapoor, co-owner and chef of Curry Up Now, adding her own special cultural flare to Original Cup Noodles has been a career highlight – especially since it was one of her favorite childhood dishes.

Kapoor explained that she grew up eating Nissin Cup Noodles, in her case always integrating an array of spices and flavors like Biryani Masala, veggies and a touch of onion and sesame.

And now, thanks to a partnership with Original Cup Noodles, Kapoor recreated her favorite version exclusively for Nissin’s Dream Cup Series.    

Kapoor starts her dish by tossing ramen noodles in a 15-spice blend of Biryani Masala, adding ginger, garlic paste, sliced bell peppers, cilantro and julienned ginger. She then tops it with a heap of crispy fried onions and fresh mint. This incredible mashup of culture and cuisine will surely raise some eyebrows for the noodle hungry crowds at FOODBEAST’s upcoming noodle festival.

Come join the festivities as Curry Up Now debuts this exclusive fusion of Asian and Indian culture at Foodbeast’s Noods Oakland presented by Nissin Cup Noodles on April 7th. Visit www.noodsfest.com for more information or to purchase tickets.


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San Francisco’s Farmhouse Thai Just Created Spicy Volcano Cup Noodles

There’s an overwhelming feeling of independence when preparing your own Nissin Cup Noodles. We all know someone who has their own special way of preparing it, by adding an array of special spices – or even a favorite hot sauce – that will transform any cup into a personalized masterpiece.  

Regardless if you’re a novice at-home cook, or a classically trained chef, the personal connection to a meal you can cook yourself is a rewarding feeling.

For Kesem Saengsawang, owner and executive chef at Thai Farmhouse Kitchen in San Francisco’s Mission District, Nissin Cup Noodles played a significant role in his childhood and still does today.

For Saengsawang, the spicier the cup, the better – that’s what he had in mind when Thai Farmhouse Kitchen partnered with Original Cup Noodles, thus conceptualizing the Volcano Dream Cup Noodles.

After one bite, this flaming hot noodle dish will be burned into your memory forever in the best way possible. This fiery cup of steamy noods is made with a juicy slow-cooked beef rib, and pan fried noodles tossed in a spicy Thai devil sauce, with bird’s eye chili, tamarind, cumin, garlic, onion and cilantro.  

Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind creation which will only be available inside the All-You-Can-Eat Section at FOODBEAST’s Noods Oakland presented by Nissin Cup Noodles on April 7th. Visit www.noodsfest.com for more information or to purchase tickets.


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Twitch Star OMGitsfirefoxx Talks Garlic Noodles & Becoming The Most Followed Female Livestreamer

How did one of the most watched females on Twitch get to the top, and how can she help Foodbeast create their own Livestream? Well, on our recurring interview show Just Warmin’ Up, our host Elie Ayrouth gets to learn exactly that! Enter: Sonja Reid.

Everything we do at FOODBEAST is through the lens of food. This gives us the opportunity to interact with amazing people that AREN’T necessarily in the “food industry.” In this sense, food becomes a unifying factor that connects everyone regardless of what they do for a living.

With that said, we’re excited to continue our FOODBEAST video series, Just Warmin’ Up, in collaboration with Nissin Cup Noodles®. This series spotlights young, up-and-coming entertainers and entrepreneurs riding their own wave to success.

In this episode, we meet Sonja Reid, AKA OMGITSFIREFOXX, who is currently the #1 female broadcaster on the popular live streaming and gaming site, Twitch.  

With an additional following of more than 1 million between Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, along with appearances on film and television paired with millions of livestream views on Twitch, it’s safe to say the livestreaming side of the Internet already knows who Sonja is.

With a commanding 779K Twitch followers, it’s no wonder why she’s already made the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. At this point it seems that the sky’s the limit for Sonja.  

It’s pretty inspiring to see someone follow their hobby and be able to make a career from it. Considering her track record, Sonja is clearly open to challenges.

As is customary in our JWU show, our guest often takes us on a journey following the interview. This time, FOODBEAST Editor-in-Chief, Elie Ayrouth and Sonja decide to compete in a special role reversal challenge that requires Sonja to act as Elie for a day as EIC, while Elie takes a seat in Sonja’s chair to host a livestream in front of her Twitch followers.  

“You eat food for a living, how hard can that be?” she scoffed as Elie explained the premise of the challenge.

Sonja jumped into the editor role with ease, approving story pitches and using her newfound power to instruct the FOODBEAST editorial staff on how to deliver some livestream challenge ideas.

Needless to say, Sonja did her best to find ways to torture Elie and essentially beat him at his own game.

Learn more about Sonja and life as a popular Twitch livestreamer in our latest episode of Just Warmin’ Up.


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Cup Noodles Launches Nuggets And Fries Ramen As A Trendy AF Food Mashup

Cup Noodles’s latest flavor is Nuggets and Fries ramen, a combination of college food and fast food favorites that also capitalizes on recent fads in the food world.

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Actual tiny chicken nuggets, scrambled egg, and pieces of potato are scattered throughout the soup, which is also flavored with green onions and black pepper. Mashable reports that the nuggets and fries ramen is only available in Japan, and just debuted there this past Monday.

The new flavor may seem like an inevitable college food mashup, but it also manages to stay on trend as well. Fried chicken and ramen have been growing in popularity as of late, with chicken karaage ramen being a primary example of that. Foodbeast saw the combo in multiple forms at NOODS NOODS NOODS, our noodle-centered festival, so it’s clear that people are liking the fusion of crispy chicken and warm ramen.

Cup Noodles’ tribute to the combo comes in a larger size than their typical package, weighing 3.3 oz compared to the usual 2.7 oz. It costs 205 yen ($1.91 USD), so for Cup Noodles, it’s on the pricier end. But it’s still an affordable and trendy college food staple that also sounds like it would be a perfect cure for the munchies.

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Remix Your Breakfast With This Comforting Spam & Eggs Cup Noodles

If you’ve ever visited Ten Asian Bistro in Newport Beach, you’d find it nestled behind a giant koi pond surrounded by large water fountains.

While this spot has become known for its tranquil location, along with great happy hour deals and bustling nightlife scene, it’s got something special in the works for FOODBEAST’s NOODS NOODS NOODS Festival, presented by Nissin Cup Noodles®.

Chef de cuisine at Ten Asian Bistro, Andrew Molleda, has lots of good memories of eating Cup Noodles in college. Being a huge fan of breakfast as well, he decided to combine his two loves into one dish – and thus the Spam & Eggs Cup Noodles was born.

Using diced Spam, fried quail eggs, and noodles, Ten Asian Bistro has created a perfect blend of oozy yolk porn and over-the-top noodle pulls.

If you’re in the mood for a super savory, one-of-a-kind, breakfast-themed Cup Noodles like only Ten Asian Bistro can pull off, we suggest grabbing a ticket to NOODS NOODS NOODS Festival, Foodbeast’s all-you-can-eat Asian Food Festival, presented by Nissin Cup Noodles.

We’ll see you there.

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