“ Brand: Golden Wonder / Type: Pasta „
I've never been a big fan of Pot Noodles, but recently I thought, because I hadn't had one for a while, and they changed their name to "The Nation's Noodle" thinking they may have got better, I'd give them another go. I decided on chicken and mushroom flavour and I really wish I hadn't bothered, after a couple of forkfuls it was in the bin. I really can't think of anything positive to say about it.
The chicken and mushroom noodle pot costs 87p from Tesco, and for your 87p you get 93g of dried noodle mix and a sachet of soy sauce.
Instructions on how to make it up are written on the side of the pot along with a list of nutrition information. On the other side of the pot is a list of ingredients, allergy advice and storage instructions. Three quarters of the way up the outside of the tub is a fill line, this is where they say fill up to with boiling water.
The pot is black plastic with an easy to peel off lid, which I might add states that "The Nation's Noodle" is FULL ON FLAVOUR the soy sauce sachet is stored inside the pot, on top of the dried noodle mix.
Once the pot is made up and you've put on your soy sauce its ready for you to eat.
"Golden Wonder" have failed with this one, I find it difficult to describe the taste, it certainly dosn't taste like chicken and I doubt it's ever seen a mushroom. The texture is somewhat stodgy, leaving a very unpleasant taste in your mouth, making it difficult to swallow. O.k so you could add more water to make it less stodgy, I did this and it made no difference. I couldn't bring myself to eat much of it, I threw it away, I had lost my appettite anyway. It left a nasty aftertaste in my mouth it was then I rememberd why I'd given them a wide birth in the first place.
I do appreciate that many people do like "The Nation's Noodle" pots and each to their own I say, but this is my review of my own opinion of the product, and this one is definitley not for me.
Thankyou for reading my review.
I have been eating pot noodles all my life and i generally think they are OK, but just recently I came across the golden wonder "the nations 'normous noodle" version, which in my honest opinion, is very, very good. I tried the chip shop curry flavour and it was absolutely delicious! it came with a small sachet of mango chutney which complimented the noodles brilliantly. It was mild and sweet but with a little kick. These noodles are quicker to prepare than the pot noodle variety so you don't wait as long to tuck in, which in my opinion is fantastic.The noodles and peas were softer than the pot noodle ones. the peas in those pot noodle ones are usually like bullets. Love the taste, love the packaging and I honestly will opt to buy the golden wonder versions in the future. pot noodle just don't compare.
I absolutely love pot noodles. I think I have tried every single of the on the market and eat them regularly. However a long time ago I spotted Golden Wonder style pot noodles in a store and at 50p a pot (on offer at the time) I opted to tried the curry flavour one out. I came on here and wrote a damming review, and I was entirely justified about that in my opinion To me it was simply vile. The good people at Golden Wonder HQ sent me a message on here though asking me to contact them to get a voucher for one of every flavour of their noodles and to review them on here and send them a copy. I was delighted with this deal and meant I got free food! Please note though that my reviews will always be honest and I will never be swayed just because of a freebie!
I love Chicken and Mushroom Pot Noodle so couldn't wait to get my mitts on the Golden Wonder one so took one of my vouchers to Asda to get one free and I couldn't wait to get it home and make it up!
The pot is black plastic with a green peel off plastic lid to the top of it. On that lid and on the front of the pot I am told that it is Golden Wonder 'The Nation's Normous Noodle', Chicken & Mushroom Flavour. On the back of the pot information listed includes being told a bit about the product, ingredients and allergy advice being stated as well as a full nutritional chart,, I'm told how to make the pot up and contact details for Symington's (the manufacturer of the product )are given. Nice bright black and green packaging this and do be aware that this now comes in this larger size as standard (originally it was a tad smaller).
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Tub:
Dried noodles in a chicken and mushroom flavour sauce with soya protein and vegetables. Includes a sachet of dark soy sauce.
The Pot Noodle:
Pull off the plastic lid and pull out a white sachet of soy sauce and you are met with a dried block of noodles scattered with a bit of yellowy powder. You simply fill to the fill line which is shown on the side of the pot with boiling water and stir it and then leave it to stand for 5 minutes and stir it again and then if you want to you can add the soy sauce and that's it...its ready to eat.
This looked ok. I meant the fine yellow noodles looked moist and had expanded and the yellowy sauce looked quite thick and plentiful along with said noodles and there was a faint smell of mushrooms to the whole thing.
However taste wise I found this erm....not nice at all. The noodles were bland and flavourless and the more I ate the thing the more watery it all tasted. I couldn't find any soya pieces within it at all and found one small kernel of sweet corn and about 3 peas. I could taste mushroom in a very fake way though see none at all and could taste onion but see or feel none of that in my mouth. It was well seasoned but that seasoning helped to bring out a really fake sweet flavour to the whole thing and once again with a Golden Wonder pot it hit the bin halfway through at a hundred miles an hour.
Nothing about this was nice and I got bored really fast. A pot of fakely flavoured noodles wasn't for me and it was like eating mush.
I was glad this was the last voucher I used to get a free Golden Wonder pot and seriously I don't want anymore if the company are reading this. I haven't enjoyed any of them and feel they should stick to making crisps! Stick to Potty Noodles people cos these guys haven't got a clue!
Nutritional Information Per 359g Pot (as consumed):
Of which sugars: 5.0g
Of which saturates: 6.1g
Available in all good supermarkets etc costing about 80p a time for the large size.
I went to university some years ago and in my very first term must have consumed an inordinate amount of Pot Noodles and rather went off them and have barely touched them since.
I was wandering around Iceland the other day looking for something to have for lunch at work and saw a display of these noodles whose existence I had not previously been aware of. They cost 85p but were in a display signed 2 for £1 so gave them a go. The Golden Wonder Noodle flavour I picked was Chicken & Mushroom (as it was with Pot Noodle) but they also had Curry and Sweet n Sour.
The packaging of these is very similar to the Pot variety i.e. very green. They have a tear off lid and a sauce sachet inside. The instructions are printed on the side. On the side they promote themselves as The Nation's Noodles but I have only ever identified Golden Wonder with crisps so not really sure that this is a statement with much truth to it.
The cooking instructions are pretty basic. Remove the lid and add boiling water and wait for it to soften up. What did annoy me was the wording on the back with tips like 'unleash the saucy sachet' and 'remove the lid in a manly manner'. I can't understand why companies take this stance as they would know from watching Yorkie make the same mistake that trying to alienate the other 50% of the population is not the smartest selling tactic. Anyway, it's not normally something I'd notice but I have a minute or two to kill while the kettle boils.
Anyway the taste makes up for the rubbish marketing. This is so much better than Pot Noodle. Though obviously it's never going to taste like a Sunday roast chicken the flavouring they use is much more authentic than any other pot noodle I've tried. I also liked the fact that they put some vegetables like peas and sweetcorn in there so at least there is some nutritional value. The flavour was also much fuller and developed and not dry and bitter towards the bottom. Perhaps the best bit though is that the noodles are chopped up short so you don't end up trying to wind them round your fork ten times and accidentally flicking chicken water everywhere!
Bargain junk food....