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      16.10.2013 14:17
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      great snack

      Pot Noodles have been a lunch or snack time treat every since I was a child. I used to have them occasionally whenever my parents let me and I still do now as an adult.


      History

      Pot Noodle was brought over from USA in 1977 and forms part of the Unilever family. Pot Noodle is often slated for being a low quality item and used in popular TV shows as a source of comedy, my favourite being in the Office when Finchy describes somebody spending the previous night "having a Pot Noodle and a w*nk" Despite all this the brand is trying to change this and has reduced salt content and improving flavours in recent years.


      Price/Availability

      Pot Noodle comes in a whole variety of different flavours -


      Chicken and Mushroom
      Beef and Tomato
      Original Curry
      Chow Mein
      Sweet and Sour
      Bombay Bad boy
      Chilli Beef
      Jamaican Jerk
      Piri-Piri Chicken

      Availability of the above flavours will differ on store, most large supermarkets will have all of these flavours however smaller stores only tend to stock chicken and mushroom and beef and tomato so it will depend on where you go to buy these from. These are in single serve pots but a 4 pack can often be brought in the chicken and mushroom, beef and tomato and original curry flavours as well as "king size" single serve pots. The price for a single serve usually tends to be around £1 mark, Asda currently (16/10/2013) have them on offer for 50p each which is a great price however most places do often have multibuy offers or deals for these so its worth looking out. A 4 pack in the 3 flavours is usually only in supermarkets and these will be around £3.85 but again some places will have these on offer, Tesco sometimes do these for half price.


      Packaging/Preparing

      Pot Noodles come in a plastic tub which has a foil lid. The logo is in white writing with the rest of the container showing different colours to represent the different flavours, all of the pots are white accept the Bombay bad boy which is in black. The thing that is so liked about Pot Noodle is how easy it is to prepare it. Simply remove the foil lid and sachet of sauce, add boiling water to the line, leave for 2 minutes, stir, leave for another 2 minutes, add sauce if you wish then dig in. It really is as simple as that so only a fork needed.

      Taste

      I've not tried all of the Pot Noodle flavours but of the ones I have tried I've enjoyed. The flavours are there and the noodles have a good bite, with the sauce it works well. Since I've eaten them as a child I can taste the difference in the flavours since they have been trying to make them a less fatty option. I'm still undecided on if they taste better now or did in the 1990s, mainly because everything naughty seems to taste better when your a child! My personal favourite is the original curry and sweet and sour flavour, these are the flavours I usually buy, taste wise these are the best to me but I'm not a huge fan of tomatoes or mushrooms so wouldn't buy these two anyway. The one thing I would take note of is the Piri-Piri flavour, this is a fairly new one to come out and has had those silly adverts on them, the flavours are nice but it really did blow my mouth off! I like medium spice and heat but this really was hot even for me so if you are not keen on hot food avoid this one.

      Does this fill me up?

      Overall yes, as noodle snacks go I still think this is one of the best in filling me up. I can have this at lunch time with a chocolate bar and still be full 4/5 hours later but of course this will depend on the individual. I don't often eat sandwiches at lunch I opt for other things and as noodle snacks go these are one of the best.

      Overall

      I like these, easy to do and tastes good. I think everybody in life should experience a Pot Noodle at least once!

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        01.11.2012 16:09
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        No flavour, waste of money

        Well, I write this as a whole review of the entire Pot Noodle range, not just one flavour, but all the flavours as a whole.

        I used to eat these as a teenager and as I recall, I used to quite like them, I however, I also used to drink my body weight in booze so that doesn't hold much weight really.

        The object of a Pot Noodle, it is basically noodles in a pot that you add hot water and flavouring to, then wait 2 mins and eat. Hmmm I have cooked normal noodles and pasta many times in my life and never once has putting a little hot water to them and waiting, concluded in them becoming cooked. This alone is a worry about the nature of said noodles. The sachet of flavouring....also a concern, the power added doesn't look or smell nice before you add it to your plastic pot of noodles. I cant miss out the possibility of having freeze dried vegetables in your noodles, which may during its time in the hot water may absorb some, they still stay manky shrivelled particles of nothingness.

        Although you are given a sachet in a silver pocket of flavourings, the flavour essence is missing somehow when you add all the ingredients together. There is a water line marked onto the pot and you fill the pot to this level and watch as the water makes its way to the bottom, releasing bubbles as it goes. This is actually the most enjoyable thing about the whole Pot Noodle experience.

        The plastic pot is so thin that adding boiling hot water just turns it into a pot you need oven gloves to hold, a bit impractical I must admit. You stir the noodles and flavouring to turn your meal into a greyish sludge that never really materialises into anything that even vaigly resembles food. If you have managed to eat the noodles, you are left with a liquid sloshing around the bottom of the pot and a horrible powdery aftertaste. Not on my top 10 of things to ever eat again.

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        06.11.2011 18:31
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        80s rubbush!!!!!

        I have tried my hardest not to like pot noodles, my mother used to say they were like eating card board.
        Nutritionally they are not great, you wont get all your vitamins and minerals from a pot noodle diet!

        However for a quick snack on the got they are great. I work shifts at a very busy place and so fod needs to be quick and easy. It also needs to be cheap in case I am interupted in the middle of the meal and it is wasted.
        Pot noodle does fit these holes really. Cheap, 70p, so they dont break the bank and they can be stored for ages too so they are good emergency dinners to put in the cupboard or locker!
        Also whilst camping they provide a quick and easy meal with only water to boil. Althoughthey would not give ou the complete viamins needed for hard work hiking or the like.

        I havent tried all the flavours, I am a bit of a traditionist and like the sweet and sour, chow mein and beef and tomato. The spicy flavours are a little too spicy for my taste but worth a go really.

        If you are looking for a fulfilling meal then this is not the meal for you but if you want a quick hot snack then this is brilliant, as much as I want to say that it is card board and rubbish!
        It is 80s and great!!!

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          15.09.2011 18:53
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          Yum Yum Nice one in a while.

          Introduction~~~~~~
          I have to admit sometimes I can be a bit lazy when it comes to cooking especially at dinnertime, so I always look for simple things to cook or microwave and to be honest you cannot get more simple than a pot noodle and used to be my favourite food at school (mostly because it was cheap and the shop provided the hot water and fork).
          You can buy these from any supermarket and they usually range from about £1.00-£1.50 per 90g pot. So the other week I decided to pick up a flavour I had never tried before (southern fried chicken) and give it a whirl.

          The Packaging~~~~~~
          All pot noodles come in packaging that everyone can recognise even with their eyes close as it such a well known brand, this particular variety came with a rather rich looking red label encased with white and complete with the trademark foil lid that never seems to come off in one go no matter how hard you try. The logo stretches across most of the pot with the flavour in smaller yellow text underneath. The instructions are conveniently located with fill line and very easy to understand.

          The Taste Test~~~~~~
          As I'm already a big fan of the chicken and mushroom, beef and tomato, and chow mien flavours I was really looking forward to trying the southern fried chicken variety. Peeling off the lid I found enclosed a small sachet of tomato sauce and underneath the powdered contents was housed, filling it up to the fill line it looks remarkably the same colour as all pot noodles, it doesn't seem to have any smell so I was a bit skeptical about trying it but squeezing the tomato sauce I was open to idea's.
          I have to say I was highly disappointed as it had no taste at all, to me it just seemed for lack of a better word well wet and slimy. It wasn't what I was expecting after all the other lovely flavours I've eaten, no hint of chicken, tomato, or spice at all and at 427 per pot it isn't the healthiest thing on the menu.
          I did feel a bit cheated from this flavour but overall pot noodle is a good product, cheap, quick and easy to prepare but in the future I'll just stick to the ones I know and love.

          The Final Word~~~~~~
          Although it isn't that healthy, it's great for food on the go and despite the above flavour is usually quite tasty, I wouldn't eat these all the time but it's a nice treat for me once in a while so go on buy a couple the next time your at the shops.

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            05.06.2011 21:43
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            Super meal for not a lot of effort

            Just returned from a weekend away camping at a lovely site in Tewkesbury where there was lots to do. As there was so much to do we didn't have loads of time to cook lunch's but we like to take in every aspect of camping so eating alfresco seemed like our plan for the whole weekend.

            So Saturday lunch was a quick snack back at the tent before returning to the lake.

            We had packed Pot Noodles!! I have had Pot Noodles before but normally stick with the safe option of Chicken & Mushroom this time I decided to throw caution to the wind and went for Chicken Curry. After a recently back encounter with Super Noodles I was a little nervous.

            After filling up a saucepan full of water I put my feet up had a drink while I waited for the water to boil. Once water was boiled I filled the water up to the recommended line and wait 5 minuets. Then stirred added the enclosed sachet and tucked in...It was lovely had a mild curry taste and a hint of mango from the sachet. Accompanied with a piece of buttery bread it was the ideal quick snack for a lunch time.

            At the time I purchased these they were on offer in Tesco's for 3 for £2.00.

            Filled me up and was tasty to all in all a nice meal. I would recommend these to anyone who is looking for a quick meal/snack.

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              09.05.2011 17:08
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              favourite food by far

              Being a student, always doing coursework or revision & very short of cash, these come in handy when I simply cannot be bothered to cook any food - or can't afford much!

              I have to admit that I struggle to cook some of the most basic meals, I can just about do pasta and anything more extravagant is too hard for me. Pot noodles fulfill my needs by being so simple to cook.

              Pot noodles have been around for many years and they simply consist of noodles, dried vegetables and a flavoured powder. There is also a sachet of sauce to add later on. It is pretty simple really and only costs 99p from most super markets or food shops.

              There are so many flavours of pot noodle to enjoy. My favourite by a mile is the original curry but you can also buy: bombay bad boy, chicken & mushroom, chicken chow mein, sweet & sour, beef & tomato, lamb hot pot, tikka masala, southern fried chicken, sweet & spicy and chicken satay. I have to admit I am yet to try the whole collection, but of the ones I did try - they were delicious! The flavours are defined on the shelf by different coloured packaging, making it easy to find the one you enjoy.

              The way in which you make a pot noodle couldn't be simpler. You just boil your kettle and pour it into the pot up to the line. Wait for 2 minutes then add your sauce sachet for a little more flavour, grab a fork and enjoy! I would recommend that you mix the noodles around or you end up with all the flavour stuck at the bottom. Just play around a bit to make sure it tastes yummy. The noodles turn really wiggly making them easy to eat and the powder becomes a really nice sauce - the thickness of this depends on how much water you added to your pot (I usually do a little more than recommended as I enjoy drinking it at the end).

              Nutritionally, they are pretty full of calories and salt. The values depend on which you buy, so I would not be able to list it all here.

              In my opinion these are perfect for when you dont have a lot of time but would like something to fill you up. I enjoy mine most when I am revising and short of cash. They are hugely popular amoung students and people who just like something quick. Even better - they are british!

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                19.04.2011 23:20
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                Some flavours taste nice; good for a quick and easy snack.

                My son is mad about pot noodle; there are only 2 flavours he eats (thank god!); curry and chicken and mushroom. Now, these are not a very healthy snack and this is another food that i have to ration him with; if he had his way he would eat them all day! In small doses, i think they are ok. I also now only usually buy them when they are on special offer. A few days ago Asda had them for only 50 pence a pot. They are usually priced at around a £1.00 per pot which i think is too much for what they are; dried noodles, soya, vegetable oil, monosodium glutamate and various other ingredients which don't sound too good for you. However, the makers of Pot Noodle do say that there is now 50% less salt in them than before; so that can't be a bad thing.

                The usual pots are 90g in weight with each pot having around 400kcal. You can also get King size pots (i never buy these). Pot noodle is available in many different flavours. Besides the two i have already mentioned you can get sweet and spicy, tikka masala,chinese chow mein, beef and tomato, chinese sweet and sour, and donner kebab. There is also the infamous Bombay Bad Boy. Now, unless you want to burn your mouth off, dont buy this; even without the added sauce, its way too spicy and to be honest, too hot to taste any sort of flavour that might be in it. I certainly don't allow my son to eat this one. I think there may be other types of pot noodle available out there too.

                I must admit to occasionally eating pot noodle myself (less so now though); they are a handy snack; just pour boling water on them, stir and wait about 4 minutes or so, then add the sauce and eat; so its not surprising that they are fairly popular. The flavours i have tasted and i think are ok are curry, chinese sweet and sour and chicken and mushroom. They are also quite filling and of you were to eat the King size pot i reckon you would be totally full up!

                Id recommend them occasionally, ration with children in particular.

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                15.01.2011 06:06

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                a great snack

                Noodles in a pot.. such a genius idea! Simply designed to provide a easy, quick and tasty meal, that involves the least effort possible to prepare. No cooking or washing up is involved.. apart from the fork.
                Pot noodles come in a whole load of different flavours including chicken & mushroom, beef & tomato, chow mein, sweet & sour, spicy curry and many more. The most popular and my favourate is the chicken and mushroom. Pot noodles are cheap, you can get them from most supermarkets for less that a pound.

                To prepare the pot noodle you just peel off the foil lid, boil a kettle, pour in the water, stir in some soy sauce and enjoy after leaving to stand for a minute. It is a perfect meal for all those lazy students out there. Ive also found it ideal to take away with you to festivals or to go travelling.
                I lived off pot noodles when i was a poor student. They really do taste great and i continue to buy them now. They can become quite addictive, though i wouldnt reccomend eating them too often as they aren't too good for you, they do contain high amounts of fat and salt. They can be quite messy to eat aswell.
                A pot noodle is my first choice when i want a quick tasty treat to cure my hunger.

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                31.10.2010 17:24
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                Delicous snack or meal that takes almost zero effort

                Pot noodles are a quick easy meal for people always on the go. Or if your feeling lazy, they make a very easy meal.

                The Pot Noodle was first launched in the UK in 1979 and have continued to grow in popularity ever since.
                There are now several varities to choose from including 'Sweet and Sour', 'Beef and Tomato' 'Original Curry' and many more. But if you have never eaten a pot noodle before, I strongly suggest you try the 'Chicken and Mushroom' flavour. Boil your kettle, pour boiling water into the pot noodle up to the water level (or slightly below if you like them stodgy)stir and leave for 5 mins. Then enjoy soft delicous noodles. There is an optional sashay of soya source to add for extra flavour as well.

                There is not a strong taste of chicken or mushroom, but the overall flavours work perfectly together. Good news for all vegetarians, all pot noodles are 100% suitable for vegetarians.

                The chicken and mushroom pot noodle has a total of 384 calories and 14.1 grams of fat. It has also reduced its salt levels by 50% since 2005. However the carbohydrate is quite high, making up 61% of the pot so you may be left feeling a little bloated if you eat too many of them.

                Pot Noodles sell around 155 million pots every year. They were originally owned by Golden Wonder, but are now owned by Unilever. Except for slightly lower salt levels, the pot noodle has not changed receipe since changing brands and tastes as good as ever.

                If the chicken and mushroom flavour is not your cup of tea, dont worry as there are several other flavours to try, Tikka Masala, Lamb Hotpot, Chinese Chow Mein, Bombay Bad Boy and more. Unilever are often bringing out new flavours so keep a look out for new inventions. This Christmas (2010) they are bringing out a Noeldle. I have not had the pleasure of trying this yet, but it is supposed to taste like a Christmas dinner and with such a great name, how can they go wrong.

                In summary - Pot Noodles are extremely easy to prepare and eat. Not too bad on the calories usually, but not particuarly healthy snacks either. You may also feeling a little lazy afterwards. Keep some in your cupboards for those days when you just cant be bothered to cook. They are less than £1 each and often have offers in large supermarkets so look out for these. I personally love them and think they are worth the slight guilt you feel afterwards.

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                  17.10.2010 11:42
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                  tastes quite good but no nutritional benefits

                  This is a hard review to write as although I do like pot noodles, I'm not exactly sure why. Although they are quick and easy to make and taste quite good I know that they are not in the least bit good for you and cant help feeling very lazy afterwards that I just didn't cook something instead.

                  Pot Noodle was launched in the UK in 1979 by Golden Wonder, now owned by Uniliever they are as popular as ever for a quick easy snack.

                  ~~~~~Packaging~~~~~
                  Pot noodles come in a plastic pot with a peelable foil lid. The colour of the pot depends on the flavour inside, for example brown is for beef and tomato and green for chicken and mushroom.
                  The pots hold 90g of noodle mix and are used to actually make the noodles in rather than using a separate bowl. You can find all the making and nutritional information on the back of the pot. The pots are also recyclable.

                  ~~~~~Making~~~~~
                  I was going to call this section 'cooking' but adding water to an item I don't think can be called cooking, and as the pot clearly states 'its not rocket science' then I don't think it can be justified.
                  The making instructions are a simple set of four steps:
                  1. Rip of lid. Take out the sauce sachet. Add boiling water to the fill level. Leave for 2 mins.
                  2. Stir and leave for 2 mins.
                  3. Stir again, add contents of sachet.
                  4. Grab fork and eat.

                  ~~~~~~Ingredients~~~~~~
                  Pot Noodles are a mixture of noodles with soya pieces, dried vegetables and flavouring powder. The mixture is then reconstituted on making by adding boiling water.

                  ~~~~~Nutritional Information~~~~~
                  Although Pot Noodle do not add any artificial colours or flavourings I do not belive that there is really anything nutritious added either. Each 90g pot contains around 370 calories (depending on flavour this may vary slightly). One pot also contains around a third of your daily salt and saturated fat intake.

                  ~~~~~Price~~~~~
                  Pot Noodles cost around £1.00 each in most supermarkets, but favourite flavours such as Beef and Tomato come in multipacks of four and work out a little cheaper. My last purchase was from Adsa where they were on offer for £0.55 each.

                  ~~~~~Taste~~~~~
                  I do as I stated earlier like the taste of pot noodles especially the chicken and mushroom variety but I do not eat them on a regular basis as they contain a lot of fat and salt.
                  Pot Noodles have a large range of flavours from those that have been around since the beginning to new ones recently added. The main flavours are:
                  Beef and Tomato
                  Chicken and Mushroom
                  Spicy Curry
                  Sweet and Sour
                  Chinese Chow Mein
                  Southern Fried Chicken
                  Doner Kebab
                  Bombay Bad Boy
                  Sticky Rib
                  Chip Shop Curry

                  ~~~~~Opinion~~~~~
                  As a quick, simple, easy snack the pot noodle is great as it is easy to make and needs little washing-up after. The noodles are also quite filling so will keep you going in between meals. But they offer no nutritional benefits so cannot be used to substitute a meal on a regular basis in my opinion.
                  Something I will continue to buy in moderation but will never be a staple in my cupboard or diet!

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                    22.09.2010 15:19

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                    A good, simple meal to make

                    When I'm in a rush, or I'm just feeling lazy, then very often I will decide to do myself a pot noodle. The reason I choose pot noodles is because they are quick and easy to make, and can be eaten on the go if you are really in a rush.

                    When I say they are simple to make, I mean extremely simple. All that is required is boiling water to be added to the pot, and it is ready within a matter of minutes. Each pot comes with a sauce sachet (which varies depending on flavour), which can be added to the pot noodle to give it added flavour, though this is entirely optional.

                    Pot noodles come in a huge variety of flavours. There are the main flavours such as Chicken and Mushroom or Beef and Tomato, as well as a wide variety of other flavours, ranging from simple flavours such as Curry and Sweet & Sour, to more obscure flavours like Doner Kebab or Southern Fried Chicken.

                    The price is very reasonable, with them being sold for around £1. As well as normal pot noodles, there are also the 'King Pot noodle' variety, which costs slightly more, but contains more noodles in a larger pot.

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                    15.08.2010 16:07
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                    A pot of gold that you can eat

                    Sometimes you just can't be bothered to cook or wash up, that's why they invented the pot noodle. Its quite a simple process to make one, you boil some water in a kettle, pour the water, wait, stir, wait a bit more, and eat. And afterwards you only need to wash the fork, and you can eat straight from the packet, so no need for plates or bowls.

                    Not only do they make cooking easy, they actually taste good as well, and if you don't like one flavour, no need to worry as they have a wide variety of flavours to choose from, so you're bound to find you favourite flavour eventually (mine being the classic chicken and mushroom).

                    I know what your thinking at this point, "wow, this sounds great, surely they can't get any better". Well you can stop right there, because your wrong, they can get better. Not only are they easy to make and taste good, but they are also quite cheap as well, and even cheaper if you go bulk and buy a multi-pack. Sure you can buy super noodles for less, but they take longer to make and you have to put them in a bowl, and that's just more washing up, think of the poor students who have more important things to do.

                    However pot noodles are not perfect. Why can't they give you a plastic fork, make little washing up, no washing up. Why can't they go from quite cheap to very cheap. But all these negatives aside you're not going to find much better contents inside a pot you brought for a pound (or less with the multi-pack).

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                      Pot Noodle is a very famous snack

                      Pot Noodles are exactly what they sound like, some noodles in a plastic pot and they are available in a variety of flavours including beef and tomato, chow mein, spicy curry and the type I normally buy which is chicken and mushroom. You can purchase an individual 90g pot currently priced at £1.10 on the Tesco website but you will often find them as part of a promotional offer or in multi packs and I have seen them in all sorts of shops and other retail outlets.

                      Pot Noodles are a quick and easy snack option that should probably be enjoyed occasionally, the chicken and mushroom version for example contains 418 calories, 16g of fat and 17 per cent of your daily salt intake, so as you can see these are not the healthiest of products. They only require hot water to prepare and so they may be suitable to use at lunch time wherever you work.

                      The plastic pot has a foil lid which you peel off to find inside the dry noodles along with dehydrated mushrooms, pieces of chicken and peas. There is also a plastic sachet of soy sauce which you can pour in to the pot once your noodles are ready. There are some simple directions to follow in order to prepare the noodles which involve some stirring and leaving to stand for one or two minutes but as long as you stick loosely to these instructions your end result will be acceptable.

                      Once prepared you are left with noodles in a nice gravy with the bits and pieces I mentioned previously in also, with the soy sauce on top the flavours are enhanced. I quite like these and the taste is alright but I usually eat them because they are quick to get ready when you are hungry. They can be a little difficult to eat as the noodles in the pot can be quite long and the gravy can drip so be careful of your clothes. All in all these are a reasonably tasting snack to enjoy from time to time.

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                        buy a cookbook and make your own

                        YUK!!!! pot plastic!!! did not know until now that there was such bad tasting food in the world.. you must be desperate to enjoy a pot noodle.. i would not say so much if they were a cheap price.. but were pushing a pound a pot here and for what ?? dried noodles with no flavour at all.

                        for the same price you could enjoy something much better with much more quality ingredients and flavour. also they are far from healthy when you think of noodles.. not for anyone who is on a diet!!

                        however for a university student i suppose these are great"just add hot water" nobody in uni wants to cook you can make this in minutes and i suppose with a hanghover they are fine!! however i would not recomend these to anyone who thinks they replace a meal or even a snack!

                        10 pot noodles are equivalent to the price of a cookbook buy one of them instead and eat proper wholesome food at the same price!!

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                        Great as a snack but unhealthy to eat everyday.

                        Whilst most people would think of pot noodles as: unhealthy. They are not as bad as they appear, per 90g pot there is less calories than a sandwich in most cases. The Chicken and Mushroom Flavour contains (per 100g) prepared:
                        Energy: 124Kcal
                        Protein: 3.1g
                        Carbhrodate: 17.7g
                        (of sugars): 1.0g
                        Fat: 4.5g
                        Of sats: 2.1g
                        Fibre: 1.0g
                        Salt: 0.65g

                        The main concern here would be the sodium level which with the sachet would come to 33% of your recommended daily allowance. However I often find that the sachet is not needed as there is enough flavour already. The cooking instruction are to rip off the lid, fill with boiling water and leave for two minutes then stir then leave again. However, because I am very impatient I only leave it for two minutes and it is still fine to eat.

                        The other good thing about them is that all flavours are suitable for vegetarians. The way I prefer to eat them is to fill the water up to half the pot so the mixture is quite concentrated, I prefer the taste this way. The chicken and mushroom flavour is pleasant but the dried up mushroom do look quite disgusting, it comes with a soya sauce sachet however on the occasions I have used this I have found it ruins the taste for me. The curry flavour is spicy and not to hot only problem I had with it was the peas. Bombay bad boy is recommended if you want a spicier flavour but would not recommend for people who cannot handle their spice. Another great thing about this product is the price. Tesco often does 3 for £2 deals. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a lunch time alternative to sandwiches. However the high carbohydrate level may leave you lethargic.

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