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The epitomy of simple snacking, Pot Noodle is quick and easy to prepare (and requires no washing up!). The taste is passable, although not for everyone, and it is sufficiently filling. Nutrition is lacking.

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      29.11.2013 14:39
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      A nice quick snack.

      I never used to like pot noodles but I had th green one, chicken and mushroom I believe, and loved it. Then I had a bit of a fad where I was eating one or two of them everyday. I first tried the beef when they were on offer in asda for 50p. I bought a loaf of the green ones so thought, for the low price, I'd try the beef ones too. It turned out that I preferred the beef and tomato ones!

      The pot noodle pots are white and made of plastic. The label colour is based on the flavour so the green is chicken and mushroom, the yellow is curry and the beefing tomato comes in a pot with a brown label and peel-off lid. There are other flavours but these are the originals and the only ones that I've tried. The lid is made of foil and peels back easily. Inside the noodles are dried and the powder flavouring can be seen. They also put a little sachet of red sauce in this pot noodle to add flavour.

      There are full instructions I the back guiding you to make a pot noodle. You just peel the lid back, add boiling water to the fill line and let it stand for five. I don't take the lid off, I peel it back then put it back over to keep it warm. I also like to mash up the noodles before as didn't hot water as it makes the noodles smaller and easier to eat. I also don't fill the water to the line as I prefer it to be a bit thicker so bear this in mind when you're making yours.

      There's 14g of fat in one of these which to me is the only let down for it. Needless to say, they're not the most nutritious meal and probably not ideal for those on diets due to the high fat content. These aren't really substitues for meals, they make a good snack for lunch time or of an ever bing when the televisions on. I'd recommend this for definite, it's my favourite flavour that they've made. I like to break up a piece of bread into it which makes it a bit more filling (but carb hell!). Don't buy these if they're not on offer. You can end up paying £1.20 for one of these at full price but if you catch thm on offer or in cheaper shops like farmfoods, they're 69p each or on offers like 2 for £1.50.

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      29.11.2013 13:30
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      Ok for an occasional quick snack.

      These have been about for years! Probably since I was a student and that's going back for longer than I care to mention!

      In those days gone by, I probably consumed far too many of these little pots of convenience, but then I wasn't on a review site and studying the label quite so intently. I picked one up the other day, as I vaguely remembered enjoying them in the distant past.
      Well nothing has really changed. It is still in the plastic pot with a peel off lid and a tomato sauce sachet sitting on the top of some dried up powdery stuff. Sounds really appealing, doesn't it? Ha ha.

      When I got home, I boiled the kettle and filled the pot up to the exact line marked on the side of the pot. I remember I used to be quite pedantic about this as if you put in too much water it is too watery and not enough , the consistency is too thick.

      I left it for a few minutes as instructions, gave it a good stir with my fork, making sure I got all the bits mixed in from the bottom and left for another few minutes. Then I added the sauce and mixed again. I find that a little more tomato sauce makes this a tad tastier.

      Then I got stuck in. Mmmmmmm The taste and consistency was just as I remembered and wondered why I hadn't picked up some before now. Well, when I studied the ingredients list I realised why! The pot noodle was a lovely beef flavour with the sweetness of tomato sauce. Small bits of dried pasta, peas and carrots can be seen once ready.

      383 Cals
      4.4g sugars
      14.4g fat!!
      6.8g saturates
      1.79g salt

      Being someone who has to watch saturated fats as my cholesterol is a little on the high side, this product is probably best avoided.

      It wasn't half tasty though and I would probably have another if I was really pushed for time and couldn't get any thing more healthy prepared.

      They are on sale in Tesco at a £1 at the moment but are available in most shops and I guess they can be got cheaper than this if you buy in a four pack which I have sometimes seen available.

      In summary.
      I would buy this product again but only as a very occasional quick lunch, it's not the healthiest product but better than going with out food and I find it the tastiest of the pot noodle range.

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        22.11.2013 20:27
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        Cheap and easy

        Sometimes I just want something quick and easy for lunch, so when I saw Pot Noodles for 69p in Home Bargains, I thought I would pick up a few for lunches. I go through stages of eating Pot Noodles, and as I haven't had one for a few months, I thought I'd bring one for my lunch today.

        Most of the Pot Noodles I like have been discontinued, including the cheese and tomato one and the mini beef and tomato ones, but the beef and tomato ones are still going strong, though I am certain that they don't taste quite as nice as they did when I was younger.

        The Pot Noodle brand is owned by Unilever. Instant noodles have been in existence since the 1950's, and the Pot Noodle brand was launched in the UK in 1977. The Pot Noodle factory near Crumlin in Wales produces over 155 million Pot Noodles annually.

        When you peel back the foil lid, you see a mass of dried noodles, some dried peas and small flecks of dried tomato. There is also a lot of a powdery sauce, which is transformed once you add water. There is also a sachet of tomato sauce which you can add to increase the intensity of the tomato flavour.

        Pot Noodles are easy to prepare. All you need is some hot water and a fork. There is a line on the outside of the pot to indicate where you fill the water to, although I normally use slightly less. You add water to the pot and leave for two minutes, stir, leave for a further two minutes and then eat.

        Taste wise, I do find that these are very bland, and the tomato sauce is the only real redeeming taste in the snack. I find them quite salty as well, which is odd because in 2006, the recipe was changed to make the product 'healthier' and the salt content was reduced. I also found that they seem to leave a bit of a strange aftertaste.

        I will probably continue to buy the occasional pot noodle, as I do forget after a few months that I'm not that keen on them and I'll buy one, but there are definitely nicer noodle snacks out there.

        Pot noodles are available in many flavours including chicken and mushroom, sweet and sour and spicy curry. There is also a GTI Pot Noodle available which is microwavable and is the only pot noodles to contain real meat. Flavours include Spaghetti Bolognese and Tikka Masala.

        The beef and tomato pot noodles are suitable for vegetarians (as they don't contain any meat) and the nutritional information is as follows:
        Cal 424kCal
        Fat 14.7g
        Sat Fat 6.9g
        Sugar 6.3g
        Salt 1.6g
        (figures are per pot prepared)
        Prices range from 50p to £1.50 depending on where you buy them from.

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        12.04.2011 12:56

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        enjoyable

        When I was a child pot noodles used to be a treat, a one off when we needed cheering up etc either that or what I call poorly food, something that can be eaten easily whilst feeling sorry for yourself under a duvet on the sofa.

        Nowadays as an adult I can decide when I want one!

        I had not had pot noodle for a good few years, the advert some time ago saying pot noodles were for dirty people sort of had a negative effect on me!!

        However I came across them again on offer a few weeks ago, beef and tomatoe was always my favourite so I decided to give it a go. The pot was the usual brown and white with a foil lid, peeling back the lid revealed a sachet of optional tomatoe ketchup, removing the sachet and following the instructions fill to the line, stir, wait, stir again, add sachet, eat! SIMPLES!!!

        The flavour was just as I remembered beefy and tangy with the dried up imitation beef I remembered, this all adds to the traditional experience. I was surprised I actually enjoyed it and have bought quite a few since, we all know they are not the most nutritious of meals but for a quick satisfying tasty lunch time snack I think they are spot on!

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        12.02.2010 15:46
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        Overall, simple and tasty snack

        I used to eat Pot Noodles regularly a number of years ago and have probably tried all flavours. I always remembered Beef and Tomato being my favourite flavour in the range and I think having just tried one again yesterday I have to still maintain that.

        Now, I'm not going to pretend that they are the best snack around or are fantastic in every way as they are not. However if you are feeling a little peckish and need a hot snack to tide you over for a few hours then you could worse than sitting down to a pot noodle.

        I got this one for just under £1 in my supermarket and forgot how simple they are to prepare. Just peel back the lid, remove the tomato sauce sachet, boil some water and pour on to the water fill level. Then you can leave it to stand for about 2 minutes and come back and stir before leaving for about 2 minutes more...Then you have to stir once more before leaving and eating. So all in all you can have it ready in about 5 minutes or so to eat.

        However, the packet does say that you can eat straight away when hot but I would be careful as it's better to let it cool down a bit as can burn you otherwise. Also, it's easy enough to eat on the go or relaxing at home with a spoon or fork. It is actually quite a tasty snack that is now billed as having a bigger better taste.

        I would recommend this flavour pot noodle if you are after somethin quick and easy and aren't too worried about how good it is for you..

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          21.01.2010 15:01
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          Delicious and great value noodle snack

          This is my favourite flavour of Pot Noodle, it has a unique taste that is just really satisfying. It tastes quite meaty (although it's clear that it's beef flavouring, rather than any actual beef!) with a very tangy tomato twist. It does taste artificial, but it's not at all unpleasant.

          This is one of the original Pot Noodle flavours, and is a real classic. It is prepared in the usual way, with boiling water poured on to the fill line, a two-minute wait, some stirring, another two minute wait, then stirring again and the addition of the sauce sachet.

          The plastic pot is the same size and shape as it has been for as long as I can remember, with a foil lid. The logo is diplayed on the lid and the pot, and nutritional and other information is displayed on the pot in smaller text.

          This snack is about the same price as other items in the range, all less than £1 (except the giant size King Pot Noodles) and a real bargain for a quick and tasty lunch.

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          09.12.2009 01:51
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          A noodly adventure!

          I love pot noodles. I hadn't seen the beef and tomato one in ages and it was actually my mate who got me this and I ate it at hers whilst house clearing for her as I was starving! The Packaging: 96g white and brown pot with a foil lid to the top of it which tells me what it is etc and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. Other information on the back of the pot includes being told a bit about what the food is, there is a full nutritional rundown on there, ingredients are listed, the size is stated, I'm told that it is suitable for Vegetarians and contact details for Unilever (the manufacturer of the product) are listed. It's a large pot and informative and easy to open etc and instructions on how to make it up are listed clearly. A Bit About The Product According To The Pot: Noodles in a beef & tomato flavour sauce with soya pieces, vegetables and a little sachet of tomato sauce. Me And The Pot Noodle: This is ever so simple to prepare! Rip off the lid and you are met with a block of noodles with a light brown powder over the top of them and there is a red sachet in it that you take out that is tomato sauce. All you do is fill the pot up to a ridge in the pot with boiling water and you leave it to stand for two minutes. Then you need to stir it again and leave it for a further two minutes and then add the contents of the little sachet, stir it all up and voila after about 5 minutes your ready to eat! The dried noodles of course sort of cook in the warm water and expand. They are cream and rather thick and do take about 5 minutes to heat through. The sauce is brown with a few flakes of carrot and whole green peas in it and of course soya which depicts the meat (as this is vegetarian of course). The sauce is plentiful and coats the noodles well and has a slight taste of garlic to it and is rather well seasoned. All in all this tastes nice enough and the tomato part of the flavouring comes from the sachet of tomato ketchup and it's a nice snack. It's full of flavour though why it's called beef I don't know as it doesn't contain any bit of a cow at all lol. Not bad, good quality but not personally my favourite flavour but it's ok and fills a gap well enough! Nutritional Information Per Pot: Calories: 424 Sugars: 6.3g Fat: 14.7g >Saturates: 6.9g Salt: 1.7g Available in all good supermarkets etc priced at about 90p a pot and of course this is available in many different flavours. This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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