“ Brand: Golden Wonder / Type: Noodles „
Golden Wonder have decided to try and edge there bets on the pot noodle market.... and failed.
I tried the nations noodle as it was on a buy one get two free deal in tescos.
The packaging is pretty similar to that of the original Pot Noodle, in fact you could be fooled into buying the wrong one, but when you remove the foil lid the differences start to show, the nations noodle is in tiny pieces and looks very pale, you need to put the kettle on at this point, once boiled fill to the water line, stir, leave to stand for five minutes stirring half way through, finish by adding the sachet contents, stir again......Taste......spit out.......
This is definately not a pot noodle but a pot noodle wanna be maybe!!!
The texture is quite thick but still bland in colour, the texture of the noodles is good, i think because they are small they soften well, you can sort of taste the flavour but to be honest it really is not that nice.
A word to close.....stick to what you know!!!!
The Product Itself:
I was awfully confused when I first seen these for sale in the supermarket. They are a instant noodle based snack that looks very similar and is available in the same flavours as the infamous 'Pot Noodle' - however they are made by Golden Wonder - I had always thought it was in fact this company that made the Pot Noodle - however, after a bit of internet research (yes, I'm that geeky) I learned that the Pot Noodle brand had been sold and this is Golden Wonders attempt and regaining some of the market share in the noodle snack industry.
As you would imagine, the product looks and is prepared in a similar fashion to that age old stack we have grown to love. At the moment there are two flavours available, Chicken and Mushroom (which doesn't actually contain and chicken) and Chip Shop Curry. So on a recent trip to Morrisons, I noticed that there were on special at 3 pots for £2 so I decided to give them a try as the normally cost 85p each - always a keen eye for a bargain. I picked up two of the chip shop curry flavour and one of the chicken and mushroom.
Like the Pot Noodle, you simply 'tear off the lid in a manly fashion' (Golden Wonders words, not mine), fill with boiling water to the line indicated on the side of the pot, and leave to stand for 5 minutes stirring occasionally - sure enough, after following these instructions, by snack was ready to eat.
Now the actual flavour of these noodles (the first I tried was the Chip Shop Curry) is very similar to that of the Pot Noodle. There is a very mild curry flavour from them, it tastes of course, of artificial curry and isn't very authentic - although this has to be expected with this type of snack. It is rather a sweet flavour, and tastes, in my opinion, amazing, but in a dirty way. The main difference I noticed between this product and its rival is that the noodles tend to taste less elastically, they seem to be softer and reminded me more of the noodles one expects to get in a packet of super noodles as opposed to the ones in a traditional pot. All in all though, it was a tasty and convenient snack - the type of thing that is handy to have in the cupboard to take to work on those days when you simply can't face another sandwich.
The Nutritional Info:
As you would expect, they are not the healthiest - yet they are not the worst either. Each portion of the snack will provide you with:
- 384 calories
- 10.7g of Protein
- 62.4g of Carbohydrates (of which 3.7g are sugars)
- 10.2g of Fat (of which 4.4g are saturates)
- 3.9g of Fibre; and
- 0.81g of Sodium
Although the Fat content is pretty high - as long as you're not eating one of these everyday, I don't think there is any harm in having the occasional 'dirty' treat.
In my opinion, this is basically a Pot Noodle in a different jacket, the main differences being the slightly softer noodles and the absence of the 'mango chutney' sauce sachet which I always enjoyed having as a child. The price is the same as its main competitors so I think it's down to personal choice - I would definitely go for this product again if it was on offer!
Saw these on offer in Tescos today, so thought I'd try one. The packaging looked interesting, and the idea of real "Chip Shop Curry" flavour seemed an excellent idea.
Sad to say, very disappointed by the lack of any real flavour. No sachet of additional sauce is provided as you get with some other brands. The noodles seemed to be rather stodgy.
I also have a pot of their Sweet And Sour noodles to try, but honestly I won't be buying this brand of instant noodle again and wouldn't recommend them based on this experience. I find this very surprising considering Golden Wonder were the originators of Pot Noodle itself back in late 1970's but must have lost the rights to the brand name during company takeovers.
My recommendations for lovers of instant noodles would be Pot Noodle, Nong Shim Shin Cup, and even the cheapo Vitasia pots from Lidl are quite decent for the money.
I tend to keep a couple of curry Pot Noodles in the store cupboard for those "Don't know what to have but need to have it quickly" nights. With the addition of chopped onion and some sultanas, it becomes more of a meal, if I have time. Saw these new Pots in Morrisons at abut 50 p each and thought we might try them.
Well, we all make mistakes, don't we! My partner made a quick judgement after two mouthfuls - he threw it away and told me never to buy them again! I did finish mine but then I am a cheapskate and hate waste, but now, an hour later, I have a rather nasty, dry, synthetic taste still in my mouth.
Packaging was OK - one didn't have to fight to get the top open - had a sniff at the dry mix and it smelt mild curryish. Making it was the usual Pot Noodle type pour, leave, stir and so on - easy, which is one of these types of products USPs. Once made, the sauce appeared reasonably thick and the noodles were still firm, but it didn't smell of much now. Then came the "In the Mouth" experience - and it tasted of vaguely curry- flavoured sweetish dirty dishwater. Eating through the pot did not change my mind on my initial judgement : it is not vomit-inducing but rather nasty and unpleasantly boring.
I will not buy this product again, and I certainly will NOT try the others in the range based on the taste of this one - so it is back to the old Pot Noodles. Do hope Golden Wonder don't withdraw them - I still regret the withdrawal of the Pot Rice range - don't know why they did that!
I brought these new noodle pots in Morrisons when they was on special half price offer, I have to fancy a pot noodle so they sat in the cupboard for a few weeks and only had my first one yesterday.
This one is Chip Shop Curry flavour and it was a bit of a disappointment because The Nation's Noodle tastes a lot like the curry flavour Pot Noodle and I'm not mad keen on that one. It's got a bit of a sweeter taste and isn't as harsh in my mouth to eat but the over all flavour is more or less the same as Pot Noodle.
The noodles are nice because they're not as chewy as in a Pot Noodle and don't taste as greasy as you eat them. The flavour is the weird thing, it doesn't taste ANYTHING like the curry sauce you buy in the chippy and is a bit faint tasting. I also don't think the sauce covers the noodles enough and even though I gave it a proper good stir some of the noodles tasted like they hadn't copped any of the flavouring at all.
I wasn't mad keen on these noodles and next time I reckon I'll buy a Pot Noodle, I only eat about 3 a year so it's not even worth me buying these to save money because my yearly expense on Pot Noodle is only about £2.50 anyway!!! lol
It's the flavour of these that puts me off because I was expecting it to be so much like a curry flavour Pot Noodle, the chip shop curry flavour is a bit faint and mega fake tasting so that you can't really tell that it's supposed to be curry. There's no spicey flavour in the noodles and I thought it was mega bland.
I ate the whole pot because it's not that disgusting that I had to leave some but it was a proper boring pot of noodles and I wished I hadn't bothered as soon as I started eating them.
Golden Wonder The Nations Noodle - Chip Shop Curry
Sounds nice doesn't it ? Well that's what i thought when i was out shopping in my local Morrisons picking up some little bits for dinner at work. We only have a kettle and a microwave so there is not much i can pick from and i usually end up with super noodles and pot noodles, but this time i saw this. It was on a special offer for 49 pence compared to its normal price which matched pot noodles at about 89 pence. Bargain i thought !!!
The product itself is in a small plastic tub which looks the same as a pot noodle, it has GOLDEN WONDER THE NATIONS FAVOURITE NOODLE displayed quite large on the front too, so the packaging makes it look like quite a well produced product.
To make it is exactly the same as a pot noodle, add boiling hot water and wait 5 mins. Well thats 5 mins im never going to get back plus a waste of 49 pence and some boiling water, it genuinely was that bad !
The noodles them selves are fine nice and soft and not to long in length but the sauce is horrible, its supposed to be chip shop curry and it does smell like it however it tastes like nothing i have ever tasted before, plus it has chunks of apple and raisin inside, who has ever had curry from a chip shop that contains fruit ???
I tried one of these the other day for the first time. I enjoy Pot Noodles and I like trying different brands and flavours, so I thought I'd give this one a go. It comes in a black pot with a coloured lid and printed label (different colours for different flavours), which is about the same size and shape as a Pot Noodle pot. The lid is plastic, rather than foil, and the preparation instructions are slightly different, but it takes about the same amount of time to prepare. These noodles are slightly cheaper than a Pot Noodle, and come in a slightly narrower range of flavours.
But what's this flavour like? Well it's a bit different to the curry flavour Pot Noodle. There was no sauce sachet in this (I think this is the same for all flavours across the range), but the powder in the cup along with the dried noodles turned the mixture a bright yellow colour. The noodles were roughly the same consistency as those in a Pot Noodle. There different vegetables in this snack than what you'd expect to find in a Pot Noodle. I think it had onions and raisins in it (which was nice), but you never can be sure with instant noodles! Overall, the flavour was enjiyable, although it did taste a bit artificial. The 'cardboard' taste you sometimes get with instant noodles was hidden very well by the sauce. This snack didn't seem to be quite as filling as a Pot Noodle, although the nutritional content stated on the pack is very similar.
Overall, I'd buy this snack again, but I wouldn't choose it in preference over other noodle snacks - I want to continue trying more flavours. It looks a little more favourable when you consider the lower price you pay for something that's very similar in quality to a Pot Noodle.
I absolutely love pot noodles so when I saw this whilst browsing round my local Morrisons store and on offer at 49p (instead of the usual price of around a pound a pot) and in all different flavours I decided to give it a go!
280g, tall and roundish pot with a plastic peel off lid to the top of it. The lid is yellow and I'm told exactly the same information on the front of the pot and that is that is Golden Wonder 'The Nation's Noodle' Chip Shop Curry Flavour. Then on the back of the pot other information includes ingredients and allergy advice being listed, I'm told how to store the product, the best before date is stamped on too, the weight is stated, I'm told how to prepare the noodles and a full nutritional chart is shown. Nice enough packaging and it doesn't look a cheap product. I am surprised though after looking hard at the pot that no contact details for Golden Wonder are given though website details are given.
Rip off lid in a manly fashion. Pour in boiling water to the fill line - don't overstep it - and stir.
Leave lovingly to stand for 5 minutes (stirring halfway through of course!). Give it one final stir and enjoy.
Me And The Pot:
Well upon opening the pot I was met with a block of cream coloured noodles and with a generous sprinkling of yellow spices and there was a nice, gentle waft of curry that met my nose. Preparing this was really easy. On the pot there is a fill line, I filled up to it with freshly boiled water, broke up the noodle and left it. I went back a couple of minutes stirred and then left it again for another couple of minutes and voila my noodles appeared done.
What I ended up with was lots of thin noodles in a rich, smooth glossy looking yellow sauce.Not too watery though do watch out for drips as this contains turmeric and it stains well bad!
Taste wise. Well it was ok really. Put it this way this meal looked better than it tasted. The thin noodles went rather soggy and the sauce was boring as hell and quite harsh and sweet with a few raisins in there giving off a real sweetness to it all. All this tasted like was water blended with a curry powder and shoved in with noodles and sultanas really. A weird taste of aniseed popped though with clove too that felt really misplaced. It wasn't greasy but it was really...just...boring. It had no real hotness to it and was just like a mild sweet sauce and the whole thing just tasted rather economy in my opinion! Not for me this one I ate half the pot and threw the rest away to be honest. I Will try other flavours from within this range though and won't be put off just by this flavour not being so great!
Contains Cow's milk, wheat, gluten, mustard
Nutritional Information Per Pot:
Energy: 379 Kcal
of which sugars: 8.1g
of which saturates: 5.4g
Available in all good supermarkets etc in a few different flavours!
Golden Wonder - The Nations Noodle is set to take over from the country's popular instant snack Pot Noodle, or or is it?
The Nations Noodle and The Nations Pasta is the newest snack released by the crisp makers Golden Wonder. Released in a variety of flavours including Chip Shop Curry, Sweet and Sour, Chicken and Mushroom and Beef and Tomato - more or less the same flavours as Pot Noodle. The Pasta's include Macaroni Cheese, Spaghetti Bolognese and Spicy Tomato.
The flavour I purchased was Chip Shop Curry as it was the most original flavour. This was on offer for 44p in Morrisons but at 88p for the RRP this makes it more or less the same price as a Pot Noodle.
The packaging is fairly bland but comes in a black pot which makes the bright labels jump off of the shelf at you.
Upon opening the pot my first impression is that there was not very much of the product inside or any powder at all which obviously flavours the juices and no sachet of delicious sauce like the rival. After following the instructions and leaving the snack for the alloted time I dug in.
The noodles still seemed hard and the flavour was really bland. I actually added less water as I do not like a lot of liquid so it was not as if I had diluted it too much. There were also chunky soft pieces which turned out to be sultanas and apple. This put me off completely.By this time I had had enough.
The pot contains 379 calories and contains 11.8g fat which works out a little less than the Pot Noodle.
I was not at all impressed with this product. The purchase was originally to save myself some money and this turned out to be the opposite as I ended up throwing it away.