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Somewhere between my last year of University and the present day, I stopped eating Pot Noodles. I'm not sure why exactly, probably something to do with the rising price and wisdom of age telling me that the best meal available is not always the fastest. However, Golden Wonder's limited edition Sticky Rib Pot Noodle is here in its slightly racists packaging to remind me why I liked Pot Noodles in the first place.
If you've never had a Pot Noodle before, the idea is a simple. There is a pot, it had a block of noodles and flavouring in it. Boil a kettle, stick in a fork and in a couple of minutes you will have hot food. Not always very nice hot food, but then beggars can't be choosers. I have always found Pot Noodle flavours to be very hit a miss, the "traditional" flavours all taste like bad cup-a-soup to me but some of the more adventurous offerings can be quite delicious. The mild curry is an old favourite of mine, but has recently been replaced by Mr. Sticky Rib.
The Sticky Rib pot noodle has a flavouring that tastes like a slightly meaty Chinese soup. The combined seasonings of a thousand bad takeaways filled my mouth, but I can't say I ever pinned down a specific ingredient. It's a nice flavouring, not too strong or sweet but not particularly rib-like in itself. Here Golden Wonder's trademark sauce sachet seals the deal. The "peking sauce" is a sweet and sticky gunk that tops the Pot Noodle and creates a nice combined flavour with an authentic Chinese Rib effect.
All is not well in Pot Noodle land however as it suffers from many of brand's pre-existing problems. The sachet of sauce is too small and only gives you the rich flavour in the first few bites. Novices might be tempted to stir it in, but the only effect here is to lose the flavour completely. Also, Golden Wonder has still failed to create noodles that take less than five minutes to soften. Sure the instructions say to wait a minute, stir and wait another minute, but without a bit more patience the first bite is always too crunchy.
Chance are if you're reading this review you've hear of a Pot Noodle and if you like them then you'll probably like this too. It's a nice new flavour that doesn't taste like a lot of other snacks out there. It's not too rich or sweet like a lot of Pot Noodles and it's filling enough to keep you going if you don't have time to cook.
I brought 2 of these the other day from a small corner shop down the road from me and finished them both in the same day, just had to buy a few more of them today lol, Probably the best pop noodle flavour ive ever tasted, although i would advise adding a few dollops of Branston tomato Ketchup (if you have it) to give it a bit more of a fuller ribby taste!From Jay
I love pot noodles and against other similar styled offerings, I do prefer them. I was delighted the other week when I spotted this flavour I hadn't seen before and since then I have got a bit addicted to this flavour and consumed rather a few of them to be perfectly honest with you lol!
The pot holds 90g of the noodles and mix etc and is grey and white in colour and pot style and made of plastic and it has a peel off foil lid to the top of it. On the front and on the lid of the pot there is a red section of colour and on that I am told that it is Mr. Chu's Golden Wonder Pot Noodle, No 7 Sticky Rib Other information on the sides and on the back of the pot include ingredients and being told how to make the pot up, there is a full nutritional chart shown as well as an at a glance one, the weight is stated (as I've listed already) and contact details for Unilver Uk are given (the manufacturer of the product). Nice looking pot this is and of course it is informative as it needs to be.
The Pot Noodle Itself:
Well to make this up you have to remove the dark plastic sachet of Peking sauce first of course. Then there is a fill line shown on the pot and you simply pour to that line with boiling water. After two minutes stir the pot and then leave it for another 2 minutes and then add the Peking sauce( if desired) and eat.
What you get with this is pale golden thin noodles and they get covered in a light brown sauce with bits of dried red pepper and visible green flecks of chives. The Peking sauce is thick and sweet and brown and personally I like mine added to the noodles for extra moisture and flavour.
The noodles taste nice enough and moist and do expand of course when boiling water is added to them and you can taste a hint of onion and garlic to them too.
Though these noodles do taste a little meaty in the main these taste tomatoey more than anything else to me but though I wouldn't say they taste like ribs really but they do taste nice and full of good quality and I love them and the variety of flavours that goes on within the pot!
Nutritional Information Per Pot:
Available in all good supermarkets etc costing about £1.10 each but at the time of writing this review lots of varieties of pot noodles are available at 55p each (half rrp) in Asda stores but for a limited time only.