“ Brand: Batchelors / Type: Pasta „
Ideally, I would like to review this product in a really positive light. I'm an old skool Super Noodles fan and have been enjoying them for as long as I can remember. I thought that these would taste the same and just be quicker and easier to make. Not the case unfortunately.
The packaging is quite bold and stands out on the shelf. the pot however, does feel a bit flimsy and I was scared of scalding myself as I poured in the boiling water.
You remove the pot's plastic lid, remove the film lid, remove the flavour sachets (Bored yet anyone?), fill with boiling water to fill level, add the flavouring, give it a stir and then replace the plastic lid. Allow to stand for the recommended time then stir well and enjoy.
I would recommend that you are very careful adding the water. the fill level can be hard to see but if too much water is added, these noodles will be even more tasteless then usual.
I thought that these noodles were quite sickly and they really didn't taste very nice. The flavouring sachets were really synthetic tasting and too sweet as well. In future I'll definitely stick to the conventional super noodles. Much tastier.
So why are these anymore super than a Pot Noodle? Frankly I don't think that there is much difference. The packaging is even suspiciously similar with a likeness with the colour scheme. Available in a range of flavours, the noodles can be found in most good supermarkets.
Essentially, its freeze dried pasta with some veg in a pot. There is no point in dressing it up to make it seem something it's not. I don't usually eat them and I must confess I had not bought it myself, I pinched half of a friend's pot, which was left unwanted the other day!
The concept is the same as a Pot Noodle. You open, pour on boiling water to a set level, add the sachets of sauce then stir. Leave to stand for a couple of minutes then start eating. The chicken flavour I tried was average at best. There was not much in the way of chicken in it, only a vague and lacklustre chicken stock essence hovering somewhere in the background.
The noodles are alright, but the pasta tastes synthetic and does not have a particularly delicious taste to it. It certainly does not taste as authentic as proper fresh pasta. The vegetables could have been more plentiful, they are dotted around and are stiff and lacking in depth of flavour too.
The pots come in at about seventy pence each and just about suffice for a small snack. Not that nutritious, not that tasty and not as fun as making your own sandwich. I would not part with my own money for one of these nor would I rush to recommend them. On the plus side, they just about fill you up and the design on the pots is fun and pleasing to look at for about three seconds!
I first decided to buy this product thinking that they would be similiar to the standard packs of Super Noodles, oh how wrong could I possbly be!!!
Firstly the packaging. It is a thick cardboard pot with a peel back lid. Instructions on preperation are included as your standard nutrition and ingredients are.
To prepare is extremely simple, add boiling water to the fill line indicated to the pot, stir well, leave for 4 minutes, stir again, and enjoy once cooled down sufficiently. Therefore lovely for a hot snack or lunch at work if you do not have a canteen as I don't. They are convenient to keep in your locker as a spare in case you forget your lunch or your lunch money.
The amount of product, well I cannot remember in grams the weight but I would say about half of that of a standard packet of noodles that you have to prepare yourself in the microwave.
They are available still in supermarkets and food stores and I think you will expect to pay between 60p and 70p for a pot.
Well I was sorely disappointed when I had made these up, they were awful and as far removed as the Super Noodles you would be used to as you could get!! I couldn't believe I had paid so much for such a rubbish 'meal', they must be making a bomb on there cos they are the cheapest tasting noodles I've ever tasted, and normally I love those 9p value noodles that you get!! However these were very poor and not at all tasty. I will never ever consider buying them again and will instead plump for something a lot more nutritous as I am sure there can't be much nutrition in these babies. Cheap tasting all over, slightly salty, and just generally unpleasant. I would have to be pretty desperate to eat these again, I was so surprised they were absolutely nothing like what I was expecting.
I would instead go for a Pot Noodle because at least they are substantial and somewhat filling, better still I would not go for either of them!!
Just don't bother, get something else tastier and no doubt far more nutritious than these! Granted they are very convenient but I would much rather eat something cold that I knew would be nice and had prepared myself to bring in, if you have one of these for lunch you will be disappointed.
The best noodle snack I have had by far are the lovely Mug Shots whichI recommend keeping at work instead of these!!
I'm shamefully really lazy when it comes to getting food ready for work. Bored of thrown together sandwiches, or little Tupperware boxes full of cereal (yep, I'm that bad!) With limited facilities for making food at work, my only other food option is something that just requires a dash of hot water. So I took myself off to the Shops on afternoon in hope of finding something to brighten my work lunch up, which is where I found the little pots of Batchelor Super Noodles to Go.
:: The Brand Bachelor? ::
Batchelor is a brand much loved by my belly, and no doubt other bellies in the world! founded in 1895 in Sheffield by William Batchelor, the company was first a canning company (Mushy Peas if I remember right?!) But it wasn't until William died and his daughter Ella took over that Batchelor became a household name.
They made the first 'instant' dried soup in 1949, and this is now what they're best known for alongside their much loved Super Noodles.
:: The Pots ::
I love the idea of these pots - As a big fan of Super Noodles the idea of having them 'on the go' is heaven for my inner glutton.
They're, of course, really easy to make. Simply peel back the lid, shake in the seasoning sachet, fill with boiling water to the 'fill' line (clearly visable from the inside) and leave for 4 minutes - stirring well after 2. Then, if you fancy, you add the sauce sachet and dig in!
The pots come in all the most loved Super Noodle Flavours: Roast Chicken, Curry, Chow Mein, Spare Ribs, Nice and Spicy, Beef and Mushroom, Spicy Curry and Thai Curry. So there's plenty to choose from
:: Packaging ::
The little 85g pots are a pretty decent size, measuring roughly 8cm on the base and about 9cm high it's very chunky looking.
The pot is made out of cardboard, quite similar to the cardboard used on paper Coffee Mugs and it is recyclable according to the symbol on the back! I was a little sceptical of the cardboard pot, as I thought it would be super hot to hold but it retained the heat surprisingly well!
The design on the packing is very similar to the regular super noodle packets, using the normal colour schemes (dark blue with lighter blue 'starbrusts' and a thick white outlined font)
:: Overall ::
These pots are pretty good, but I have to admit not a sausage like the ones you make on the hob! They're just like Pot Noodles really - but a bit more light and without the horrible lingering smell (blah!) But if I'm honest I felt a little sick of it all by the time I'd reached the bottom as the flavour was very watery- even my brother commented how I looked like I wanted to kill myself after every mouthful. Woops!
That was the Spare Rib flavour though, and I've tried other flavours (bought 3 for £2 on offer!) which are a lot better, a little less watered down flavour wise and pretty enjoyable. But they seem pretty hit and miss!
I don't think this is something I'd go out an buy again, but if I was seriously hungry and nothing else was on offer I wouldn't turn my nose up at it.
:: Nutritional Values::
The pots are free from Artificial Flavours and Artificial Preservatives, and also suitable for Vegetarians.
The calorie content for these, of course, ranges depending on which one you buy. I think the lowest in calories is Chicken Chow Mein at 377 calories and the highest is the Thai Green Curry at 421 calories.
The salt content is around 1.65g for most of the pots.
:: Pricing ::
I've only bought these from Asda so far, and prices are either 64 or 71p a pot. But they do have offers on them, like 3 for £2.