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Customer Care Questions

I'm familiar with Explore Asian. Are you the same brand?

Yes! Explore Asian has moved beyond just Asian products, and we have rebranded to become Explore Cuisine. Same great products and a few new ones direct from Italy!

Where can I find your products?

We are sold in over 25 countries! To find a store near you, please use our store locator tool

Do you ship in the US?

Yes, our online store does ship to the continental USA with free shipping on all orders over $50.

Do you ship Internationally?

We do not ship internationally at this time. Please use our store locator tool to find a store near you.

Are you on social media?

You bet we are! Since we're constantly inspired by YOU, why wouldn't we love keeping in touch? Simply follow us at any one of our many platforms to be the first to know about new Explore Cuisine products, recipes, coupons and more! Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

Do you have any coupons or free products?

Yes! On our social media pages, we are always giving away products. Make sure to sign up for our newsletter as well for coupons, recipes, and new product launches.

I'm curious, do you work with bloggers?

We sure do! If interested, please send your request to info@explorecuisine.com with your blog name, number of monthly readers, mailing address and email address. We'll get back with you as soon as we can!

Do Explore Cuisine products experience cross-contamination with tree nuts?

We are extremely proud to share that all of our products are created in a nut-free, dairy-free and gluten-free facility making our pasta and soup products safe, household favorites in homes across the country!

Where are your products made?

We take great pride in our ability to deliver our very best to you and your family all the way from international fields to your kitchen fork. We are excited to share that all of our products are sourced by the very best farmers and factories in Italy, China and Thailand earning extremely high praise from our third party auditors and certifiers.

Ingredients

What are mung beans?

For thousands of years, mung beans have been used for a variety of purposes. Mung beans originated in India and were cultivated throughout Asia. If you have high cholesterol, you may benefit from eating mung beans daily. Mung beans are low in cholesterol and high in soluble dietary fibers. Mung beans are a low glycemic index food, which means the beans are a diabetic friendly food. Mung beans contain approximately 3.16 g of protein per cup.

What are black beans?

From a single, one-cup serving of black beans, you get nearly 15 grams of fiber (well over half of the Daily Value and the same amount consumed by the average U.S. adult in one entire day of eating) and 15 grams of protein (nearly one third of the Daily Value and equivalent to the amount in 2 ounces of a meat like chicken or a fish like salmon).Recent research has shown that black beans provide special support for digestive tract health, and particularly our colon. One cup of black beans provides over 4 grams of soluble fiber, and this is precisely the type of fiber that researchers have found especially helpful in people with lower cholesterol levels.

What are Adzuki beans?

Sweet and nutty, the adzuki bean is a small red-brown bean frequently used in Japanese desserts. Like other legumes, the adzuki bean is a nutritional powerhouse rich in protein, fiber and folic acid. A 1/2 cup serving of cooked adzuki beans meets 12 percent of the daily value for iron, 13 percent of the daily value for potassium, and 35 percent of the daily value for folic acid. Iron is responsible for getting oxygen to your muscles and organs and also makes up part of the enzymes that help you digest food.

What are Soybeans beans?

These humble legumes taste great and offer a wealth of health benefits. Soybeans are native to East Asia and for over 5,000 years have been a vital protein source in the Orient. In the early 1800s, trade ships returning home from the East introduced soybeans to America. Today many countries around the world depend on soybeans as an important source of dietary protein. Soybeans contain complete plant protein with all the amino acids essential to human nutrition.

Can you tell me if your black bean spaghetti is made with organic black beans or black soybeans?

Our black beans do not contain any soy, but we do process the soybeans in our facility. If you'd like to know more details, our black bean extrusion process occurs on a separate machine but then is brought to a drying tunnel that is also shared with the soybean. For those of you with allergies, we do our utmost at Explore Cuisine to make sure that there is no cross-contamination!

WE'RE JUST SHOCKED, YOUR BLACK BEAN SPAGHETTI HAS SO MANY NUTRIENTS - HOW CAN THAT BE?

First, we'll start off by sharing that there are many varieties of black beans. Additionally, the protein and fiber contents also tend to significantly differ from one variety to the other. The main factors in these variations include: soil type, the amount of sunlight (and/or darkness the plant receives), and, of course, the amount of organic compost and rainfall each year! All these parameters contribute to different ratios of total carbs (with fiber) to protein. The range ratio in all Explore Cuisine products is 1.1 to 1.5. So, sit back and enjoy the delightful taste of pasta with all the nutritional benefits of organic beans!

What is the ratio of Adzuki Beans to Soybeans?

Thanks for asking! 70% Adzuki Bean / 30% Soy Bean.

What is a pulse?

A Pulse is part of the legume family, but the term “pulse” refers only to the dried seed. Dried peas, edible beans, lentils and chickpeas are the most common varieties of pulses. Pulses are very high in protein and fiber and are low in fat. Like their cousins in the legume family, pulses are nitrogen-fixing crops that improve the environmental sustainability of annual cropping systems.

Watch a short video from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to learn more.

Cooking

How long does it take to cook bean pasta? Can you reheat it?

It takes about 7-9 minutes in boiling water to cook. Since it is made with high fiber beans, the pasta always stays al dente and can be kept warm in a crockpot, reheated, or served cold the next day no problem!

Will my family like the taste?

Yes! Mom Tested. Kid Approved. At Explore Cuisine we have taken the time to find the perfect formula to give you that soft pasta taste you are used to with the benefits of pulses. Looking for new ideas how to cook up some tonight? Try our recipes online

Is it best to rinse the Explore Cuisine pasta after cooking?

Although rinsing is certainly not required, it is recommended. Rinsing can be a great way to cool down your pasta, so you can enjoy it right away!

Are Explore Cuisine Bean Pastas raw?

Well, almost! To still be considered "raw," a product must be cooked at a maximum of 115 degrees. Our products are cooked at a little higher temperature, a mere 120 degrees. Since our products are made of only beans, their contents make them easy to rehydrate at any time! Simply drop them into a bowl of water and soak them overnight in your refrigerator. Shortly after, they will come out tasting delicious with virtually zero "cooking" required.

What is the serving size for the rice noodles?

Our noodles come in portion controlled nests that are 2 oz. making it easy to pop in one nest or two nests for dinner tonight.

What is the cook time for the rice noodles?

In boiling water cook the pasta for 7-9 minutes. If you like, stir fry it afterwards to give it a little crunch. My personal favorite is the Pad Thai with a splash of saki.

How long do I have cook the pulse pastas for?

In boiling water, the pastas cook up in 8-10 minutes. Strain and pair with your favorite sauce. Looking for recipe ideas?

Do I need to boil the lasagne noodles first?

No! They are no boil noodles. Just make sure you put a nice layer of sauce to cover the noodles and bake for 40 mins on 400 degrees!

How much is 2oz cooked?

More about our products

Where are your Bean Pastas made?

At Explore Cuisine we take great pride in exploring the world to provide you with excellent products that are organic, vegan, kosher, NON-GMO, and most importantly delicious. When our Founder, Joe, was developing the brand , he searched high and low to find the best place to source our beans and manufacture our products. After a lot of time, money, plane rides, sleepless nights, and energy, he hand picked our factories in Italy, China, and Thailand that are 100% dedicated organic and gluten free facilities. The best fit is a factory in China for our bean pastas, Thailand for our rice noodles, and Italy for our Pulse pastas to be as close as possible to the raw matierials. Once the selection was made, we have not let any grass grow under our feet on this topic. We personally want the best products from the organic farmers to your table which is why every six months we have various teams audit each facility and farmer.

Are your Pulse Pastas and Lasagne made in Italy?

Yes! Our pulse pastas are all made in a gluten-free factory in the heart of Italy.

I'm a diabetic, what is the Glycemic Index (GI) for the bean pastas?

Approximately 13 GI, which is nutritionally considered to be very low. To learn more about GI,click here

non-GMO approvedVerified

All our products are NON-GMO

Gluten-Free

All of our products are naturally (and certified) Gluten Free. Made in dedicated gluten free factories.

Kosher Certified?

Yes! Our products are OU certified

Vegan Society Certification

All of our products have the Vegan Society seal of approval. To learn more about the organization click here

Celiac Foundation Association

Celiac Disease Foundation drives diagnosis, treatment and a cure for celiac disease through advocacy, education and research to improve the quality of life for all people affected by gluten-related disorders. We are a proud partner of the program.

Whole Grains Council

Eating whole grains is important to everyone's diet, and we make it easy to enjoy. The Whole Grain Stamp on our products lets you know exactly what you are getting in each serving. To learn more check out their website

Food to Thrive Foundation

Explore Cuisine is universally dedicated to helping our workers thrive and flourish in their home lives and in the work place. We believe that healthy food grows from healthy hands, hearts and lives, and we are dedicated to a life-giving initiative that nurtures our farms and the lives of our workers. We love to give back to those who contribute to Explore Cuisine's innovation and success, which is why two percent of all Explore Cuisine worldwide proceeds go directly to the Food To Thrive Foundation, providing education, empowerment and advancement in farming programs to every Explore Cuisine team member. Rooted in a pure love of health, a respect for life ,and a deep commitment to success, Explore Cuisine is committed to bringing your family whole, healthy meals -- from our table to yours.

Do you have a nutritionist on staff?

Yes, Ilana Mulstein is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who specializes in educating people both in private practice and UCLA on eating healthy. Ilana is available to answer your questions.