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I'm currently suffering from a nasty old chest infection and cough and so last night I sent my boyfriend over to Tesco to get me some chicken noodle soup to try to make me feel a little better. What he actually brought back for me was one of these "Mug Shots" in the chicken flavour. I checked his receipt and it cost 95p and comes in a cardboard packet like a cup a soup does. On tipping the contents into a mug I can see little dried up bits of pasta and lots and lots of powder. The powder is flecked with herby bits. I boil the kettle and top up my mug and stir. After a while the pasta fluffs up and I have a creamy looking sauce / soup. The cup of pasta smells wonderfully of chicken but unfortunately, it doesn't really taste of it. The pasta is bland and tasteless and although the liquid in the cup does have some chicken flavour, it isn't particularly tasty. In fact even the herby bits in the sauce tasted like little bits of wood! It's a shame because I really really like the cheese version of this but this chicken one just really fell flat. Guess I should get myself over to Tesco for some noodle soup!
A couple of weeks ago I was hit by a really nasty bug. I had diarrhea and sickness which then led me to suffer with low blood pressure and dehydration. I was so weak I was stuck in bed and feeling like that I really didn't fancy eating let alone have the energy to make anything and in a couple of weeks all I ate was a couple of packets of super noodles lol! Moving on I'm now recovering however I still am not 100% as it really did knock me about. The problem is I have no appetite at all and so I don't fancy anything, have lost half a stone and usually I wouldn't moan about that but I have an eating disorder to which I receive therapy for so losing weight isn't the plan! Sitting in my eating disorder therapy group everyone was shocked by the state I looked and I mentioned that I just wasn't interested anymore in food....odd for a bulimic and so the group had to come up with ideas of quick to prepare foods that would tempt me, no matter the nutritional content or anything but for the time being things I could try as I wouldn't be eating very much anyway. I like soup and I like pasta and the likes, to which my friends know about and one of the things that my friends like is these Mug Shots and they appear on alot of my friends eating plans as snack as they try to recover so on the way home from my group I usually go food shopping which was what I wasn't going to do but I decided to look in my local Nisa store if they had any of these in stock and they did and I bought 3 packs of Mug shots for £1.00 and some of my favourite Heinz Stir Soups. The Packaging: The mix comes in a greenish and white coloured foil pack which a squarish shape with a picture of the noodles made up on the front of it along with being told that they are Mug Shot Chicken Flavour Noodles and that they contain less than 1% Fat and that they contain no artificial colours or preservatives and that they can be prepared in 5 minutes then on the back of the pack other information listed includes the ingredients and allergy advice being given, there is a full nutritional chart shown, we are shown via diagrams and written instructions how to make them up, the size is stated which is 46g and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Nice enough and informative enough packaging this is and I think this is great for people who want to take it out and about with them for work and stuff! The Noodles: What you get upon opening the pack is lots of ribbon noodles, cream in colour and all separated so not in one big lump ala Pot Noodle and you can also see a little bit of yellow sweetcorn kernels. To make it up you simply pop the contents of the pack into a mug and add boiling water (15mm) to it, stir it and allow the noodles to go soggy and expand and this happens in about 5 minutes and your ready for consumption! When made up they look nice enough. The noodles do swell up alot and sit in a light yellow liquid and of course you can add more or less water than whats recommended on the pack depending on whether you want the liquid within the noodles to be thicker or thinner. The smell is vaguely of chicken, like a light chicken stock really and I counted about 3 bits of sweetcorn kernel in mine and I didn't come across any chicken....chicken in any shape or form isn't even listed on the ingredient list oddly enough! I didn't like this. I found it easy to make up and it gave quite a large potion and that impressed me for just 169 calories and 0.8g of saturated fat however it all fell flat on the taste test! The sauce was really, really salty and only tasted vaguely reminiscent of chicken (not surprisingly!) but worse still the noodles (which there were loads of to be fair) were cooked though but they were really dense, sort of chewy but soggy at the same time and not pleasant. I couldn't taste the dried chives said to be in this let alone see them and overall I didn't like salty noodles. I did eat it cos it wasn't the worst thing I've ever eaten and I couldn't be bothered to prepare anything else but it really isn't something I'd recommend to anyone and not a product I'll be buying again but sadly I did buy another couple of flavours from this range so I am hoping they will at least be nicer! Available from all good supermarkets etc. This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
'Mug Shot' is a range from UK Manufacturer Symington and come in three different ranges: Pasta, Noodles and Cous Cous. Within in three different ranges is a variety of different flavours. Pasta: Roast Chicken. Tomato and Herb, Creamy Cheese, Tikka Style, Spicy Tomato and Minestrone. Noodles: Spicy Sweet & Sour, Thai Style, Chicken flavour, Chinese Style. Cous Cous: Chicken & Mushroom, Tomato & Herb. With all three ranges all you need to make it is a mug (you may have already gathered that), boiling water and a spoon/fork (however this may not be need if you would like to just glug it down). All you need to do is rip open the sachet, empty the content into the mug and add boiling water. You will need to leave it around 5 minutes before eating, although I tend to leave it a bit longer as by this time it is still quite hot. Now the range, and flavour, I am reviewing is Chicken flavoured noodles, which is one of my favourites. This comes in a 54g sachet and you can pick them up from Tesco's for 50p at the moment (RRP 75p). I have also notice recently that they do 'on the go' pots which are very similar to Pot Noodles. This is quite handy if you do not have a mug to hand, and it also saves on the washing up! The sachets themselves are very similar to the dried soups and pastas that you can pick up from the shop. I find the packaging very durable, as I carry one around with me most of the time and it has never split. The Chicken Noodle Mug Shot is very similar tasting to a Pot Noodle. The chicken flavour doesn't have a strong flavour of chicken really. If you tried some with a blind fold on and was asked the flavour you wouldn't really guess it to be chicken. Saying that I do like the flavour, however I think it could be improve. The consistency of the soup, in which the noodles sit in, is very runny and does not get thick like a conventional soup. And because of this I actually prefer the Roast Chicken Pasta Mug Shot which is really thick and creamy. The noodles are also very similar to that of the Pot Noodle. Sometimes I can find them to be quite chewy - Maybe this is because I have not left it for the full 5 minutes, as I am starving! When I do leave them for a bit longer they usually are a bit softer. There are also pieces of sweetcorn in the mix, which do not really taste of much. The all important questions... Does It fill me up? No... But it does definitely take the edge of a very hungry stomach. Instead of turning to a packet of crisps or a chocolate bar, I usually put the kettle on and have one of these. I find the Roast Chicken Pasta Mug Shot to be slightly more filling because, as I have mentioned above, it is a lot thicker. I can eat one of these any time of the day - Morning, noon or night. I find them especially comforting in the winter, whilst I am shivering in the office, as they seem to warm me up nicely. For those of you that go/know about Slimming World most Mug Shots are syn free ( for those of you that are not familiar with SW, syn free means you can eat as much of it as you like!) which is great. This particular flavour is syn free and I can sometimes eat up to three sachets a day and not feel guilty about it. These are less than 1% fat and contain no artificial colours or preservatives. Ingredients: Dried Noodles (65%) [Durum Wheat Semolina, Salt, Egg White],Dried Glucose Syrup ,Potato Starch ,Maltodextrin ,Flavourings (contains Milk, Wheat, Egg, Celery) ,Dried Vegetables (2.5%) (Sweetcorn, Mushrooms) ,Palm Oil ,Milk Protein ,Dried Chives ,Citric Acid ,Emulsifiers (Dipotassium Phosphate, Mono- and Di-glycerides of Fatty Acids) ,Contains Cows' Milk, Wheat Gluten, Egg, Celery. Nutritional Values per 54g: Calories 248 Sugar 2g Fat 1g Saturates 1.6g Sat 1.6g Overall I would definitely recommend Mug Shots, especially if you are a Slimming World member, as they are easy to make, good value for money and takes the edge of hunger pangs. The only real con with the Chicken flavour is the consistency. If they could make it thicker and creamier, like Pasta Roast Chicken Mug Shot, then this would make this Mug Shot much more enjoyable. I give Mug Shots in general 5 out of 5 but for the Chicken Flavour Noodle Mug Shot I give 4 out of 5. Thank you for taking the time to read/rate my review. All comments and ratings are greatly received. (This review can also be found on Ciao under the user name of Sassy2929)
Mug Shot Noodle Snack Chicken Flavour 10 x 54g