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Recently I was struck down with a really nasty bug. During that time I simply couldn't eat for a couple of weeks which was fine really and expected when you have diarrhea and sickness however after and recovering I still couldn't be bothered with food and had still completely lost my appetite. I wouldn't have been too worried about that for a time but I have an eating disorder and was losing weight fast and being in therapy I couldn't afford to lose weight and go down that road.
My therapy is group therapy with women like me and so when I turned up looking like a ghost they were naturally worried and at the moment we are working on meal plans and they were shocked to hear I had nothing on mine let alone was sticking to it!
So we all got to talking about what I could eat just whilst I felt the way I do and one of the things the other girls had on the their meal plans were cup of soups and these mugshots which they have as snacks. They got a hearty recommendation because they reckoned they taste nice but are still low in fat and so when I was walking past my local Nisa store I nipped in on the off chance that they sold them and they did and even had 3 packs on offer for a pound so I picked 3 different flavours up and this was one of them.
This flavour comes in a orange and white coloured foil pack and is squarish in shape and on the front of it we are told that it is indeed Mug Shot Noodles 'Sweet & Sour Flavour' and there is a picture of the noodles made up in a mug and we are told that they contain less than 1% fat and contain no artificial colours or preservatives, that they are suitable for Vegetarians and can made up within 5 minutes then on the back of the pack other information listed includes being told a bit about the Mug Shot, the ingredients and allergy advice is given, we are told how to make them up (with little diagrams too), there is a nutritional guide given, the size is stated which is 60g and contact details for the manufacturer are stated. Nice handy pack this is and its informative too and very portable.
The first flavour I tried in this from the Mug Shot range was chicken and they really didn't go down well. They tasted watery, had no chicken in them at all...in fact they were suitable for Vegetarians and were really, really bland and had I of not bought other flavours at the same time as those I would never have bothered buying trying other flavours but I'd bought in these at the same time and I thought it had to be worth another shot!
When I opened the pack the contents looked interesting. There were lots of creamy coloured ribbon noodles nicely separated and I could see plenty of dried carrot cubes along with some red peppers and a good dash of orange powder.
To make it up you simply pop the contents in a mug add boiling water to the mix, give it a stir and leave it to soak for 5 minutes and voila you should be ready to go and be able to tuck in.
With the chicken flavoured mug shot I did wonder if I'd added too much water even though I had only put in 15mm of water which is what we are told to add on the packaging (though you can alter this amount to taste of course) so this time I used my smallest mug and a bit less water in an effort to not dilute the flavourings too much!
So I left the dry mix of ingredients to sop up the water and was happy with the nice looking, sweet smelling noodles and tucked in. The noodles had expanded however in part they had gone very soggy and in some places were a bit tough and chewy and I had left them over 5 minutes too.
The pepper and carrot had no real favour to them and to me just made the noodles look a bit more interesting and they were dense and a bit chewy too but even chewing them gave no extra flavour at all.
The orange sauce was ok. Its meant to be sweet and sour and yep it was though more sweet in a really heavy way than sour though there is a small hint of sour going on to be fair. For me the sauce was just too thickly sweet and that along with tasting uncooked noodles wasn't very pleasant at all!
On the upside they are simple to make up and do give a large portion and only contain 206 calories and just 0.6g of saturated fat and they do taste marginally better than the plain chicken mug shots you can buy that I've tried but on the downside the quality just isn't there and its all overpowered by sweetness and raw noodles....not for me and I wont be buying or eating this again.....hopefully!
Available in all good supermarkets etc
Less than 1% fat Ready in 5 minutes No artificial colours or preservatives Suitable for vegetarians