Although this site is mostly about Soylent and DIY versions, I figured that enough people here might be interested that I’ll post my thoughts about Vite Ramen. I got my first packet last week and have tried all three flavors. This is ramen noodle soup with a Soylent-like nutrition profile, 500 calories per meal with a decent fat/protien/carb balance and pretty much 25% of all micronutrients.
First, let’s start with what I think is the best thing about it: The noodles. They’re chewy, they’re hearty, they taste a lot like standard instant ramen but have more substance to them. Can’t say enough good about them.
Next up, the broth: Here Vite isn’t quite so good. The broth isn’t bad at all, but it’s just really bland. Frankly, I couldn’t tell by flavor the “Garlic Pork,” “Soy Sauce Chicken,” and “Vegetarian Mushroom Shio” apart. The broth for all three is vaguely onion/garlic/mushroom flavored. I added salt, which makes it taste a lot better, but it’s still this same bland broth. Maybe the pork broth has a slightly stronger garlic flavor, but the flavors are so close that I’m not even sure about that. What’s good about this bland flavor is that, like plain Soylent, I think I could keep eating it for a long time without getting tired of it. What’s bad is that you don’t try it and say, “Wow that’s great!”
The packaging is fine. It takes longer to make than Soylent, the microwave technique is easiest but still you have to heat it up, then wait for it to cool, then add a bunch of little packets. Frankly I don’t know why you get so many packets; one for the broth base (basically powdered bouillon), one for nutrients (basically powdered multivitamin), one for dehydrated vegetables, one for canola oil. Maybe they were made in different factories, so it was easier for the vite team to keep them separate? Just guessing here. It’s not terrible but every time I make it I find myself thinking “why do I have to open packet after packet of different powders?”
Overall Vite Ramen won’t replace Soylent for me. The ease of grabbing a bottle of Soylent is hard to beat. But Vite is more filling and feels more like a meal. I like what they’re trying for with the flavors, in that they want something that tastes like a meal and not a snack (I’ve complained many times here that Soylent products are often too sweet for my taste). I plan on keeping some Vite around when I’m hungry enough that a bottle of Soylent might not fill me up. Hopefully the Vite team keep working on this, I think with a few tweaks that could get a really fantastic product. I hear that they are working on improving the flavor, so I have high hopes.