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      16.02.2014 15:39
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      Quick and tasty noodles

      I don't always have my full amount of allowed time for lunch, so consequently can't always have a full blown sit down meal. Unfortunately, my boss has a rare eyesight disorder which prevents him from seeing the clock at predetermined times of the day, like lunchtime or knock off time.

      As I'm therefore sometimes in a rush for lunch, I need something that's easy to prepare, quick to heat and goes well with a little bit of something else to pad it out a bit. A snack which matches those requirements of mine are the Sainsburys Basics Chicken Flavour Instant Noodles.

      Costing 21p a pack, you shouldn't be expecting gourmet food. They're not. However, sometimes 21p can give you a surprisingly good return. These noodles are pleasantly tasty for a supermarket's economy range product.

      You get 65 grams of noodles and a sachet of seasoning powder in the pack. The health police won't be pleased to see that there is a double dose of both salt and sugar as the noodles and the seasoning both contain these two evils.

      They're very easy and quick to cook. In a pan of hot water, they take five minutes - a couple of minutes to bring the water to boil then throw in the noodles and cook for a couple more minutes. Drain the water off and mix in the powder, then they're ready to eat. In a microwave, I put 200ml of boiled kettle water into a Tupperware box, break the noodles into four smaller blocks and plop them into the water. Cover, heat for two and a half to three minutes on full power then add the seasoning and mix it through the noodles. Very quick. I eat mine with two slices of cheese on toast, they're very filling.

      The other flavour in this range of Basics noodles is chicken curry. If you're willing to pay 9p more, the next range up of Sainsburys own make noodles contains more variety of flavour like BBQ Beef and Vegetable.

      For 21p, these are hard to find fault with. The only negative thing I have to say about them is that they contain 2.6g of salt per pack. Four stars, thanks for reading.

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        18.08.2013 00:27
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        A quick, tasty snack to satisfy an empty tummy

        At just 17p for a 65 g pack of noodles these are amazing value for a quick snack or a tasty accompaniament to a meal.

        My son loves these noodles as an afterschool snack. I like them myself. They are tasty but not very healthy.

        A half pack gives 209 calories. This is ok for a growing boy but not great for a 40 something mum trying to lose weight! 7 g of fat (4.6 saturate) 1.33 g salt, 0.9 g sugar is not ideal for a healthy snack but there are a lot worse!

        Easy to make, even my 14 year old can cook this snack his self. Simply breaking the block in half and adding to boiling water, bringing to the boil and simmering for a few moments before adding the flavour sachet satisfies hunger pangs and empty taste buds. However, by not adding the saches, the salt and sugar would be lessened considerably.

        I also think it is a little on the poor side to state 1/2 pack information as in my experience, the whole pack is consumed which gives over 1/3 daily intake for salt (for an adult never mind a child/young person)

        All in all, if consumed in moderation, a tasty, usefull storecupboard addition.

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        15.07.2013 12:15
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        Part of a main meal or a snack - on a budget.

        The last time I went to Sainsbury's I took an entire display carton of these straight off the shelf, containing 24 packs. It made the checkout girl raise an eyebrow. I explained that the kids were about to finish school and like most teens are constantly hungry and want something filling and tasty in an instant. These noodles fit the bill perfectly.

        They are 15p for a 65g pack - Batchelors Super Noodles are 74p for a 100g pack. They compare favourably on cost.

        What you get is a pack of dried noodles which you have to cook on the hob in 200ml of boiling water, add the seasoning from the sachet, break up the noodles and place carefully into the pan. Bring back to the boil and simmer for two and a half minutes stirring frequently. Or you can microwave them. (Which actually seems more fuss in this case than cooking them on the hob.) The instructions tell you to place 200ml of boiling water in a non-metallic bowl, add the contents of the seasoning sachet, break up the noodles and place them carefully into the seasoned water. Cover bowl with non-metallic material and microwave for 3 minutes Category B (650w) microwave and 2 minutes 30 seconds Category E (800w) microwave. You need to stir these halfway through cooking time. They also need to stand for 1 minute when they are done.

        The ingredients of the noodles themselves are wheat flour, palm oil, modified tapioca starch, water, salt, sugar, garlic powder, stabiliser, guar gum, carboxylmethylcellulose. (Which oddly enough I had to add to the spellchecker dictionary.)
        The flavour sachet contains salt, vegetarian chicken flavouring, yeast extract, sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, maltodextrin, turmeric, white pepper, dehydrated carrot, dehydrated chives.

        The FSA traffic light system gives these two green markers- 209 calories and 0.9g of sugar per half pack - and three orange markers for saturated fat 4.6g, fat 7g and salt 1.33g per half pack. Mmn. Calculations by the half pack sound great - but who eats just half a pack of these at a time? Not me that's for sure.

        Curiously these are produced in China so they have a lot of miles under their belt by the time they get to Sainsbury's. The wrapper is not recyclable either. The environmental footprint of these noodles is not particularly impressive, then.

        What about taste? Well, I quite like the taste. They are not as chickeny as Super Noodles but quite pleasantly tasty. Makes a snack quickly and is simple to do.

        But the good thing about a lot of these basics products is their versatility - they are ridiculously cheap and you can use them as a base product and then create your own recipes to make them far more delicious. For example, sometimes I melt a little butter in the bottom of a large pan, add a handful of chopped peppers, some peas and cook lightly; add enough water to cover the noodles and a good chicken stock cube - then add a couple of packs of these noodles but omit the seasoning which comes with them. I cook my noodles on simmer for a minute more the time they suggest because I like them to go a bit stickier. A couple of cooked and seasoned chicken breasts on top of these pepped up noodles and my other half and myself have a delicious tea on a budget.

        A versatile, cheap and tasty product always worth keeping in the cupboard. They have a long shelf life too -the ones I bought the other day are best before 27/06/2014. Handy if you've bought 24 packs of them.

        Would recommend as a good budget buy.

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          13.06.2013 13:21
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          Very good meal/snack for people on a budget, really cheap and tastes okay.

          Since starting university I've been looking for ways to keep my costs down; even with a job and Student Finance we don't get left much for food shopping, which led me to buying Sainsbury's basics instant noodles.

          --- Preparing to Eat / Cooking ---
          They are easy to prepare - each packet contains a cluster of noodles as well as a small sachet of flavouring. You can use the microwave or boil, each method is similar however, simply pour the sachet of flavouring into boiling water, then add the noodles and stir occasionally. From boiling it only takes around 3 minutes until they are ready to eat. It's hard to go wrong really, very simple and the instructions are clearly written on the packaging. You can add other seasoning or food items to it either after or during cooking, such as salt, or bacon :D or anything really.

          --- Taste ---
          They come in a few flavours, but the only flavour I usually see in Sainsbury's is Chicken (but yes it is still vegetarian). The taste isn't too bad... it's not like you're going to get blown away with flavour however it does still have some taste to it. Personally the taste is a little weak for me; sometimes I use two packets of noodles, then take the flavouring out of one and combine it with the other so that one of them has a stronger taste, then mix the remaining packet with something else like pasta source to give that it's flavouring, therefore making two tasty dishes rather than two ordinary/plain dishes.

          --- Cost vs Quantity ---
          Last year when I first started buying these they cost 9p per packet, which was fantastic! Now however they are 15p per packet, close to double the price. I know 15p isn't much but when you are buying them a lot as a student them extra pence do make a difference.
          When it comes to what you get for your money, each packet is 65 grams, which contains just over 400 calories. Although not too bad, I usually combine two packets if I'm having it as a lunch otherwise it won't fill you up, yet as a snack one packet should be enough.

          --- Overall ---
          As a cheap meal, 2 packets is ideal, totaling 30p (£0.30), which is very good value for money. As for taste, it's acceptable, you're not going to brag about how good it tastes afterwards but it's not too bad at all even if you don't combine it with anything else. Would definitely recommend and will use many times in the future.

          Ease of Use - 9/10
          Taste - 5/10
          Texture - 6/10 (Not too slimey like most cheap foods are!)
          Price - 10/10

          (Please note, I have also published this review on Ciao under the same username).

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            10.06.2012 23:29
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            Great range from sainsbo's

            I stopped eating noodles for a while since I ate far too many during festival season a few years back. I was sick of them and even looking at a packet made me a little sick.

            I digress...
            Recently I have got my own place and with all the unexpected bills and costs of moving we have been a little short on cash and therefore did one of our amazing 'basic' shops. This consists of buying as much food for the week as you can with as little money possible..

            Whilst looking around the shelves in Sainsbury's we came across these 11p noodles. They are plain in packaging which is white and orange, simple, but says what it is and thats all that is needed really. The nutritional information is on the front so you know what you are eating.

            I decided to give them ago, although I was a little hesitant. There are various ways of cooking them and at the end of the day it is down to personal preference as to how you do cook them. I prefer to open the packet and break them up into a bowl as much as I can. May I warn you though that they do seem to ping all over the place because of how dry they initially are... I then boil the kettle and pour a small amount in the bowl, maybe 200ml, if that. I then add the sachet of dried flavour, in this case - chicken (Although the chicken curry ones are good too!) and then pop them in the microwave for one minute.
            After the minute is up, I use a fork to stir them round a bit so that they don't dry out, and then pop them in for another minute. It doesn't need to be this long, but I do this so that they have time to soak up all the excess water as I don't like it when they are watery, besides, they are easier to eat when dryer.

            Once they are cooked, I usually leave them for about 2 minutes or so to cool down a bit before eating.

            The taste is good, admittedly not as strong as branded competitors, but the chicken taste is there and is pleasant. Based on the size of a standard cereal bowl, they come up to about half way. I would advise to maybe add things like vegetables and maybe shredded chicken if you want a more balanced meal and more filling, as although I am not left too hungry after, I do feel that they are not as filling as other brands.

            For 11p, you can't really go wrong and many people dismiss supermarket own brands because of how they look. Seriously though, give them a try.

            The only downside to these noodles is that there are only two flavours- in my store at least. Those are chicken and chicken curry. I feel it would be better if they had others, but I suppose they are basics range and therefore that means less choice.

            I hope that I have converted even just one person to try these, if so, let me know how you find them!

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              26.11.2011 16:28
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              They're okay if you're on a tight budget.

              I love Chicken Super Noodles and probably eat them for lunch a couple of times a week. And so when I was in Sainsburys and saw Sainsburys Basic Instant Chicken Noodles I thought it would be worth trying them because they are just a fraction of the price. Bachelors Supernoodles cost 69p from Sainsburys whereas their own product only costs 11p - which is a saving of over 500%! So, I bought them once to just try them.

              The Sainsburys Chicken Noodles don't look anything special on the shelf and, other than the price, I don't think there is anything about them that really jumps out and screams "Eat Me!". They are in the typical basic range plain and uninspiring packaging, which while screams budget is, at least functional. Directions for making the noodles are written clearly on the back of the packaging, as are the ingredients and the nutritional details of the product.

              Making the noodles is easy and is exactly the same as making the Supernoodles. It involves placing the noodles in boiled water and then simmering them for about 2 minutes until the noodles are hydrated and cooked. The flavouring comes in a small sachet which you open and then sprinkle the contents onto the noodles and mix in - which turns the noodles a slightly saffron yellow colour. I usually simmer the noodles for about another 3 minutes until all of the liquid has been absorbed and the noodles are soft. And then I generally serve them alone in a bowl.

              First things first is the simple fact that these noodles are not as good as the Super Noodles. I think the texture of the noodles is not as nice with these noodles being more sloppy and slimier - and also found that the flavouring wasn't as pleasant either. Having said that, these noodles are still nice to eat. They are chickeny but they''re just not as chickeny as I'd like. They are a little salty, but again, this isn't unpleasant but just makes them different to the other brand that I like more. One packet seems like enough for lunch and as they are so easy to make, they can make an ideal lunch dish because there really is no fuss.

              Overall, these 11p noodles are okay - but they are not as good as the Super Noodles.....but then Super Noodles cost a lot more. If you're on a tight budget then I think these are a decent alternative, but I won't be buying them again.

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              09.08.2011 21:05
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              Chicken flavour Noodles

              Just by looking at the packaging you can tell how cheap these noodles were but at the end of the day they are just noodles and I am a student so I can be excused for stocking up on extra-cheap goodies!
              The outside packaging is rectangular and white with the usual orange writing and a picture of what is supposed to be the noodles but doesn't resemble the contents (thank god!).

              Inside the packet you are greeted with a block of tightly wound together dry noodles with a sachet of flavouring and in this instance the sachet is chicken flavour.

              Cooking the noodles is really easy all you need is 400ml of water in a pan then add the noodles and chicken flavouring and bring the water to the boil on the hob this usually takes about 10 minutes and you will notice the water reducing.

              You can also cook the noodles in the microwave but I am unsure of the exact instructions as I always cook mine on the hob as this helps to enhance and lock in the flavour.

              The taste of the noodles is probably what you would expect- it doesn't really taste of chicken but the taste is pleasant nonetheless the noodles aren't exactly packed with flavour but they aren't even half as bad as I thought they'd be. I often eat the noodles with Birds Eye battered chicken or chicken nuggets but the noodles are versatile and can also be eaten on their own as a small snack.

              One packet of noodles fills a standard sized bowl so the noodles can even be halved and shared as a part of a meal.

              These noodles do not rival Super Noodles in the taste stakes put in terms of value these noodles from Sainsbury's are just 11p! For 11p you can't really complain and are great for those on a budget.
              Ingredients

              Noodles (92%) Wheat Flour, Palm Oil, Modified Tapioca Starch, Water, Salt, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Stabiliser (Guar Gum), Carboxylmethylcellulose.
              Flavour Sachet (8%) Salt, Vegetarian Chicken Flavouring (20%), Yeast Extract, Sugar, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Maltodextrin, Colour (Tumeric), White Pepper, Dehydrated Carrot, Dehydrated Chives.

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                12.01.2011 18:57

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                Overall a great cheap afternoon snack

                Ok dont get me wrong this noodle snack is cheap and it is small but for a cheap afternoon snack or even something for a quick lunch you cant eat this noodle snack.

                The noodles are in a packet consiting of 65grams and are suitable for both vegetarian and vegan candidates. They come in flavours of chicken, curry and prawn however I have always found the curry ones far more flavoursome but without much flavour the best way to eat them is with a cup of soup.
                Only being 9p per pack this is the most perfectly suited to students as its cheap and easy and of course ultra quick to get on and eat before or after a lecture or even before and after drinking!!!!

                The pack can be cooked on either the hob or in the microwave. However with the hob being the best way as it makes it boil up quciker and holds more flavour as it is being cooked but I always find that it can be cooked easily and with a more al dente texture by adding it to a mug and pouring boiling water on top and leaving for a few minutes.

                The noodles contain wheat, flour, palm oil salt, sugar garlic and stabaliser, therefpre there is little to affect many people with food intolerances however do bare in mind it is wheat so not suitable for people with gluten intolerance.

                Overall a great cheap snack to suit all.

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                03.01.2011 23:33
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                You would think these little noodles were far more expensive.

                I mean, what can you get in life for 10p nowadays? Quarter of a newspaper, not even a third of a stamp.

                But Sainsbury's have come up trumps again.

                Like most people, I'm cutting corners with my budget and trying foods I probably wouldn't have bothered with...but more and more I'm surprised at just how good the basic supermarket own make products are.

                This must surely top the list.

                Basic packaging, no bad thing, and as you can see from the pic above, all the nutritional info is clearly shown on the front in an easy-to-understand format.

                The image of the noodles looks like you're about to eat an unravelled orange knitted sock, but they're just fooling you....it really is nutritious, tasty food inside.

                Just like the more expensive flavoured noodles on the market, you have a tightly knitted (oh maybe it was supposed to be a sock) block of plain noodles, and a separate sachet of chicken flavouring.

                So, when I wanted noodles with my beef concoction last week, I just boiled the noodles, and the little sachet makes a rather tasty hot beverage on its own.

                The pack doesn't tell you serving size, and I found it was plenty for one, doubt it would have stretched to two, but for two kiddlies, perfect.

                You just add the chicken flavoured sachet to 400mls of boiling water (I used cold...complete maverick when it comes to instructions....) then add noodles.....once boiling point is reached, simmer for two minutes, stirring occasionally to break up the noodles.

                That's it.....amazing eh?

                Nutritionally each packet contains 418 kcals, 10.6gms protein, carbs 62.2 gms and 14gms fat. Served with vegetables and/or meat - you have a well balanced meal.

                The taste is lovely, not too salty, a mild natural savoury flavour that compliments just about any white meat or fish. The texture is fine, the noodles aren't separate and stick slightly together, but it's a pleasant texture - not gloop. They have a slightly oily texture (that would be the palm oil) but that adds to the tastiness and not actually greasy as such.

                If you're thinking of a one pot meal (as I do on home alone days when the family are out) try stir frying a mix of chicken, onions, carrots, mushrooms, peas, maybe even some brocolli and red peppers....make sure chicken is thoroughly cooked..................then add your 400mls of water with the noodles and flavour packet......simmer as usual for 2 mins..........a really tasty, full of goodness meal.

                And only one pot to wash after.

                I still can't believe they can make such a tasty addition to a meal for just 10p.

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                  27.05.2010 19:39
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                  A tasty snack for 9 measely pence!

                  Sainsburys Basics Instant Chicken Noodles are a great way to fill the gap if you are feeling a bit peckish mid-afternoon. At only 9p per pack they are ridiculously cheap and provide a great value burst of flavour too.

                  I have been a huge fan of Bachelors Super Noodles for a long time and was always a bit sceptical of the supermarket branded varieties. When I did eventually make the switch to Sainsburys Basics Instant Chicken Noodles I was really quite impressed. They do lack a certain amount of the wow-factor of Super Noodles in terms of taste, but they are still perfectly delicious. The difference in taste is certainly much less than you would expect considering the difference in price.

                  Like Super Noodles, Sainsburys Basics Instant Chicken Noodles are incredibly easy to make and I invariably find myself reaching for a pack of these after returning from an evening at the pub. You just boil the kettle, pour the water over the noodles and add the flavouring sachet, pop it in the microwave for a couple of minutes and job done. It really couldn't be easier!

                  As with all of the products in the Sainsbury's Basics range, they have definitely gone for a no frills approach when it comes to the packaging. Despite this, you can still find all the relevant nutritional information on the back of the pack as well as pertinent information about your RDA's of things like salt, fat, and sugar.

                  These really are a bargain at only 9p per pack and I would whole heartedly recommend them to noodle fans everywhere!

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                  08.05.2010 01:12
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                  Perfect noodles for 9p a pack!!! Great snacks!

                  == Introduction ==
                  I am 21 weeks pregnant and find it difficult to find foods which I can eat without wanting to be sick, so when I saw these when I was doing my last online shop, at just 9p per packet, I decided to pop a couple in the online basket and try them.

                  My mum used to get these in when I was in school as I tended to come home after been out with friends and want a snack, and these were perfect as they were cheap and simple, but I had forgotten how they were nearly 10 years ago!

                  When they came, I decided to make myself a packet for an evening snack...and this is how I found them...

                  == How to make them ==
                  You can cook these either on the hob or in the microwave, I used the hob, but the microwave instructions are very simple and outlined on the packet! I think most people will use the hob though so instead of going into detailed instructions, you simply boil water, open the packet- where inside you will see a packet of seasoning, put this in the water- I add extra salt or a stock cube as the taste is a little bland without, and simmer until noodles are soft enough to eat. It takes around 3 minutes to cook which is great if your after a quick snack!

                  So they are definitely easy to cook!

                  == Taste test! ==
                  As I just mentioned the noodles are a little bland on their own if you don't add extra salt to the noodles when cooking, but bareable, and with a pinch of salt to the pan, it does make a lot of difference.

                  One pack of noodles is enough if you are having as part of a small meal or as a snack, but I usually have two packs together if I am substituting a meal with them (which I tend to do with been pregnant and sick!).

                  They do have a little chicken-ey taste to them, though not particularly strong- if you want a stronger chicken taste add a chicken stock cube to the pan when cooking instead of salt! There are no "bits" in the noodles, apart from tiny bits of what I think are carrots, but they're too tiny to tell!

                  All in all, for 9p, I am not going to complain that there is not big pieces of chicken in the noodles or big bits of vegetables! They taste pretty good for 9p and 3 minutes in a pan, and make a difference to the plain noodles I used to eat as a snack!!

                  == Value for money ==
                  Well for 9p per pack, they are brilliant value for money!!! They must be making no profit on these things!!! But they're brilliant for the price, and perfect for students!!! At 9p a pack, they could get 30 packs (1 for every day of the week) and it would only cost £2.70!!! So it means even if they are completely skint, and cannot afford real food, they are still eating something!!!!

                  == Nutrition ==
                  This is where the downside comes to the noodles!!! Half a pack is 209g, which I actually think is a lot for a tiny pack of noodles, but what confuses me is that on the Sainsbury's website that 100g of noodles is just over 150kcal, these are 65g per pack...so I cannot really understand it!!!!

                  Salt is quite high at 1.33g per half pack!!!! Especially as they do need extra salt to give them a bit of extra taste...so not one for the kids!!!

                  There is 7g of fat per half pack too, which is pretty high!!!

                  == All in all ==

                  These noodles are 9p each and really are quite great to keep in the cupboard!!! Perfect for students or even people on low incomes! Fantastic for a quick snack or even an accompanyment to a meal!

                  I will continue to buy these to keep in the cupboard to give me energy when I cannot stomach any "real" food!!! They are good for calories if you are maybe not eating much due to been ill or like me and pregnant and unable to stomach much else!!

                  Not the best instant noodles in the world, but for 9p per pack, I think they're pretty perfect!!!

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                  03.05.2010 13:40
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                  You get what you pay for at 9p a packet.

                  Trying to buy budget lunches for when I am at home, I stumbled across these basic Instant Chicken Noodles in my local sainsbury's for the bargain price of 9p a pack! Occasionally I do like instant noodles so I figured at this price I should give these a try.

                  Half a pack contains 209 calories and 4.6g of saturated fat, which seemed quite high to me, half a pack is not a particularly generous portion but I guess if you have it with a salad or something it might not leave you hungry. At those values a half pack works out at 4.5 weight watchers points. This alone means I will rarely have this for lunch, but I was curious how something that costs 9p could possibly taste good so I cooked them anyway!

                  You get a dried block of tightly packed noodles inside the wrapping and a small flavour sachet. It is very simple to cook these kind of noodles, you basically boil 200ml water and then add the block of noodles, stir it while it hydrates and breaks up, stir in the flavouring and simmer until the water has disappeared, voila! Speedy noodles!

                  As far as looks go, you would be hard pressed to tell this 9p variety from it's much more expensive counterparts. On the taste front however, it is definitely a different story.

                  I thought these tasted pretty bland. The slightest hint of chicken was on the noodles but not really enough to make them enjoyable. I ended up sprinkling a chicken stock cube over mine which made them bearable. Weirdly, despite the lack of flavour, the noodles did taste greasy and left a film of grease on the bottom of the bowl. This perhaps explains the calorific content.

                  Personally I think this is one of those basic items where you get what you pay for and I will probably not buy them again. The only time I think these would be a good idea is if you have a teenager in the house who will literally eat anything, then they are a bit of a bargain!

                  Not for me, too fatty, too bland and too synthetic.

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                    13.04.2010 22:04
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                    Overall a good packet of noodles but you may have to improvise.

                    Over the last few months I have been trying to budget my shopping to save us spending more money than we need to. My partner really loves quick and easy snacks for when he gets in from work.

                    I saw this small 65 gram pack of noodles on the bottom shelf down the pasta aisle in Sainsbury's. Price at only 9p per pack I decided it would be worth a try.

                    On opening the packet of noodles, I noticed they looked just like the bachelors noodles the only difference was that the sachet of powder is in a different colour packet.

                    They are very quick and easy to cook. You just pop the noodles into a pan and cover with 200ml of boiling water. You then need to mix in the powder to give it a chicken flavour. Leave for around 15 minute as TADA! Your noodles are ready to eat.

                    I found that the sachet of powder didn't have a tab so make sure you have a pair of scissors around, otherwise your noodles will be cooked before you've managed to open the power. Also I found that when putting the powder into the pan with hot water it stuck to the side of the small plastic packet which was really annoying as I couldn't get all the flavouring out.

                    The noodles them self are slightly plain but have a very nice texture. The chicken flavouring wasn't full of flavour but you can slightly taste a chicken taste.

                    The next packet I had I never bothered with the flavouring, instead I popped in a few drops of soy sauce, now this tasted fantastic! The noodles weren't full of water and they didn't taste like cardboard.

                    They are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. They contian 209 calories per half the 65 gram packet, so there not the best snack to have when your feeling peckish, but there also not the worse.

                    Overall they were a great tasty snack but I personally didn't enjoy the sauce provided, but to be honest at only 9p a packet this is an absolute bargain! And I will be purchasing these again, next time I think I may just have to add them into a stir-fry.

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                    17.03.2010 04:12
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                    A great snack for very little money

                    ** Sainsbury's Basics Instant Chicken Noodles **

                    I love noodles so I am biased but when I first noticed these Sainsbury's Basics Instant Chicken Noodles in my local Sainsbury's supermarket I used to pick up 5 or 6 packets at a time when I realised how much fun they were as a snack on their own.

                    Other people in my family like proper noodle meals or pot noodles and similar products and so do I. But I only I am crazy enough about noodles to consider them as a regular treat.

                    When I first started buying these Sainsbury's Basics Instant Chicken Noodles they were something stupid like 8 pence per packet and they're barely into double figures now. I think the last lot I bought were about 12p each though it may have been a special offer as I thought they were slightly more than this usually.

                    Sainsbury's Basics Instant Chicken Noodles come in a plastic air tight bag. Opening up the bag reveals a tight block of dehydrated noodles plus a silver sachet containing the chicken flavouring.

                    To cook the Sainsbury's Basics Instant Chicken Noodles I simply put the mass of noodles into a saucepan. It says in the instructions to break the noodles up but I never find this necessary. Then I open up the silver sachet and sprinkle the chicken flavouring over the dried out noodles.

                    Next I pour on a generous amount of boiling water from my kettle and light the gas under the saucepan. I let the noodles simmer for around 5 minutes and then pour them into a dish.

                    If I'm using the noodles as part of a proper meal then I tip all the water away but when I'm enjoying the noodles as one of my late night snacks while I'm reading or watching TV I prefer to poor in as much of the water into the dish as it will hold.

                    I do this because the water that the noodles have been boiling is full of the chicken flavouring from the silver sachet so it resembles a lovely salty tasting thin soup that is wonderful to dip- toast into or sip with a spoon.

                    Only once I've sipped the soup with a spoon do I get a fork and finish the noodles. It may be a slightly unusual way of eating the Sainsbury's Basics Instant Chicken Noodles but it's my favourite.

                    The chicken flavour is quite strong and really pleasant though it is salty so if you don't like that taste you won't enjoy it. The noodles themselves are lovely. You can just roll them around your fork and keep going as the strands are very long. They don't taste of much the real flavour is down to the contents of the sachet.

                    But to think that I can get a satisfying snack that's a cross between soup and a pot noodle that I can cook in 5 minutes and costs less than 20p is frankly amazing.



                    ** My conclusion **

                    This may not be a particularly healthy meal but it is as far as I am concerned a very tasty one. I love Sainsbury's Basics Instant Chicken Noodles and continue to buy them often.

                    Thanks for reading my review.
                    Mike xx

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                    05.01.2010 03:41
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                    3 stars - for being cheap and easy to buy

                    I've never fancied English Instant Noodles, by English, I mean the brands, even the most expensive brand doesn't taste as good as Chinese or the noodles from my country. I always pack a lot of noodles whenever I come back here from home. Since all English instant noodles taste pretty much the same to me, why don't I try the cheapest one? In my country, a pack of really good instant noodles still only costs around 15p though.

                    When I was shopping in Sainsbury's, I was craving for some instant noodles, I was too lazy to go elsewhere to pick up some packs with my country's brands. I'd tried so many not-so-basic brands before, and as a student, I had the reason to pick up the cheapest. 10p each, looks appealing huh?

                    There is nothing special about packaging, you can see pretty much all from the picture above. For those who have tried Tesco's Value & Asda's Smart Price noodles, I can say they are nothing different, really.

                    Back home I would never prepare instant noodles in a saucepan or something like that but instant noodles here need extremely hot water to have a decent taste, so my advice is that you cook it in a saucepan. There are guidelines in the back, either using saucepan or microwave. Don't add to much water, 200ml should be ok. Bring the water into boiling, then put the noodles in, wait a little bit and ready to eat.

                    Well, the taste is pretty plain in my opinion, but should do for my craving. The seasoning does have the chicken flavour, the taste of the soup is not that bad, but the noodles aren't great since they have no flavour at all. I know I shouldn't expect much for 10p, but since I eat instant noodles regularly, I am a little bit picky.

                    A pack contains 65g, it's not much in my opinion as I usually eat the 85g pack. It doesn't seem to be filling enough. And despite the tasteless taste, each pack contains 418 kcal. That is the most confusing thing to me, as a pack of noodles (80g) in my country only contains around 370kcal (with all the goodies like a little bit of minced pork or sth). And instant noodles are nothing near to healthy cause it contains almost no nutrition but a lot of fat (14g for this particular one).

                    Well, overall it should be okay for me to eat once in a (long) while. Since a super yummy packet of noodles from my country in a London's shop costs around 30p, I think I would better stock up on those instead (when I am less lazy to go there).

                    There is curry flavoured one as well, which I haven't yet tried. I think there used to be prawn and beef flavoured as well, in which only the seasonings are different.

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