“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Noodles „
I started buying these noodles from Sainsbury's many years ago when they were free on a Slimming World Green Day. I don't think they are free any more but I still buy them because they are cheap and I like them. The noodles are 28p per packet and come in a range of flavours, my favourite being prawn or chicken, neither of which taste like prawn or chicken. You add 1/2 pint of boiling water to the noodles and bubble them away in a pan for a few minutes until all the liquid has gone. The noodles come with a small, square foil packet in them (just the seasoning folks, don't think it's your lucky night!) which you shake over the noodles prior to adding the water. If you don't add the seasoning, you get plain noodles which is what I sometimes do if we only have chicken curry flavour left in because I don't like them (husband does which is why we have them).
Nutrition wise they are horrendous! I looked out of interest and they have 300 cals per packet. I would have a packet as a snack or lunch but often have two packets as one just isn't filling enough, now I know they are 600 cals per 2 packs I may think again! I find the noodles handy to have in the cupboard as they are a really quick yet unhealthy meal which can come in handy when you find yourself short of time or forgotten to get something out of the freezer. I have cooked them in the past with a chinese glaze sauce and some Bernard Matthew's turkey chunks to make it feel like much more of a healthy nutritious meal but who am I kidding!
I'm really surprised to see that they aren't a big hit in some of the other reviews, the noodles are thinner than the Batchelor's super noodles but I really like them like that. They cook quickly and are 28p per packet (used to be sub-20p so have gone up with inflation - what hasn't!). I personally think they taste fine, they aren't thick Udon-style noodles but thin and tasty as far as I'm concerned. The flavours are only slightly flavoured and the chicken doesn't taste particularly chickeny but it doesn't bother me as I could happily eat them without the seasoning. I'm now mostly worried about the calorie content and would think again about having two packets in the future.
For the price, I think they taste great, not very nutritious and full of calories but every once in a while I think they are a yummy meal that I could eat without anything else, thereby saving a few pennies.
=== The product ===
An instant noodle snack with chicken flavouring.
=== The packaging ===
These noodles come packaged in a heat sealed package. Within this there is a small foil packet which contains the chicken flavouring. The packaging is yellow and blue and other noodles in this Sainsburys range are also yellow with a different accent colour to show the flavour at a glance.
=== How I cook mine ===
I break my noodle cake up in to small pieces and then I cover this with cold tap water in a jug before blasting in the microwave for 8 minutes. Once this is finished I then add the sachet of chicken flavouring, stir well and put back on for another 8 minutes. I then drain any access water before cooking for a further 2 minutes. This means that the noodles dry out a little bit and they are gooey in places where they have been cooked for so long and don't really have any water left. This is my perfect way to cook them but you can either cover them with hot water and leave, microwave or cook in a saucepan on the hob.
A little serving suggestion of mine I pilfered years ago from a super noodles packet is to cook the noodles, place them on some toast, cover with some chopped ham & cheese and then grill for a couple of minutes. This gives you wonderful gooey delicious noodles on toast and makes a very filling meal!
=== Where can I buy these and for how much? ===
These can be purchased from Sainsburys stores or www.sainsburys.co.uk with an 80g packet costing just 28p at present (August 2011).
=== Ingredients ===
Noodle Cake (94%) (Wheat Flour, Palm Oil, Tapioca Starch, Water, Salt, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Stabiliser (Guar Gum), Stabiliser (Carboxylmethylcellulose)), Flavour Sachet (6%) (Salt, Chicken Flavouring, Sugar, Yeast Extract, Onion Powder, Turmeric Powder, Ginger Powder, White Pepper Powder, Dehydrated Carrots, Dehydrated Chives)
=== Overall opinion ===
I am always trying to find a way to save myself some money and these noodles have been one of the ways I have come up with. By cooking a packet of these noodles I don't have to light the oven just to get a hot dinner as these take less than 20 minutes (cooked my way) in the microwave.
The packaging of these noodles are very simple but I don't really care because I just discard this anyway. The packaging contains all the relevant ingredients, nutritional information and other stuff too. It's strong enough not to get damaged when tossed in to my food cupboard or when coming home from shopping.
These noodles are lovely, they cook well and they go all gooey and hard on the outside just how I like them. The flavouring is not too bad, it's not as strong as the likes of super noodles but it has a subtle enough chicken flavour to be enjoyable. There are some very small carrot pieces within the flavouring mix which I think look totally pointless but possibly they are there for flavouring rather than anything else.
These are quite an enjoyable snack and one packet is enough to keep me feeling full up for quite a few hours so this is the ideal lunch time snack for me. They are simple to make, cheap and there is minimal packaging to discard of afterwards.
These noodles from Sainsburys are disgusting, I don't know why people buy them because they've always been disgusting and are deffo the worst instant noodles out of all of the supermarkets.
You can cook them in a saucepan or nuke them, I always do stuff like this in the saucepan because I think the microwaves makes noodles and pasta go too rubbery. Saying that these are mega rubbery anyway so it probably doesn't matter that much.
When they're done the noodles feel majorly slimey, they've got a weird sticky texture that I don't think is very nice and also the sachet of chicken flavoured powder smells rank. It's like chicken noodle soup that has gone off and has got a weird gassy smell.
The taste isn't very nice either. You can tell it's supposed to be chicken flavoured but these noodles are proper bland tasting and I think the herby taste that is supposed to complement the chicken comes through the strongest. You can taste the chicken but it's such a fake flavour that it's hard to remember while you're eating that it's even supposed to be chicken!
These noodles are also very salty tasting, I know most instant noodles have got a salty flavour but the salt in these is so strong that I had to put my dish down and get a drink because they made my mouth feel so dry. Actually when I put the dish down I didn't pick it back up again except to put the noodles in the bin because it was while I was having a drink that I realised how disgusting they are! lol
The noodles haven't got a very nice texture either, they feel too soft when I'm eating them and even though they're covered in sauce I still think they've got a dry texture but that might be the massive salt content playing tricks with my taste buds.
Not recommended..... disgusting even by instant noodle standards!!!
I love fast foods, after all I'm a single gal with no time on my hands to cook and it's low on my list of priorities! I just want to eat and go type of thing!
I love noodles as quick meal as they fill me up and are full of carbs to give me energy and keep me going for a while!
Bright yellow plastic oblong packet with a large navy blue square on the front and on that in yellow and white writing I'm told they are Sainsbury's Instant Noodles 'Ideal as a snack or meal accompaniment'. Under that there is a photograph of the cooked noodles and under that I'm told they are Chicken Flavour and that they are suitable for Vegetarian's and Vegans and that they cook in 3 minutes and are 85g in weight. On the back of the packet cooking instructions are given, there is a recipe suggestion, ingredients and allergy advice is given along with nutritional information, the best before date is clearly stamped on and finally contact details for Sainsbury's are given and there is a bar-code on there. Simple, informative packaging this is and inside the packet the noddle 'block' resides along with a small blue sachet that is the flavouring you add during cooking.
How To Cook Them....
Bring to the boil 250ml hot water in a pan, add the noodles and sachet of flavour and once boiled simmer for 2 1/2 minutes or microwave them for about 3 minutes, stirring once through the cooking.
Thin, white and creamy in colour to cook these properly it really is vital to break the block up and stir the powdery brown chicken flavoured sachet all the way through the noodles and cook them well.
Appearance wise when cooked your met with light golden brown noodles which are a little saucy , possess a nice chicken flavour with a few dried succulent carrots, red peppers and chives visually putting in an appearance and nicely but not overly seasoned and flavoured with a hint of ginger and garlic nicely going on. Nice and glossy to look at, filling and taste nice enough though don't be fooled there is not chicken in here at all and therefore that's why they are suitable for vegetarians and vegans of course lol.
A good quality easy to cook packet of noodles these are and a great portion size they create. Personally I always bung mine in a dish in the microwave and I'm good to go! I paid 25p for my pack (only available in Sainsbury's) and there are other flavours available to purchase and I can't wait to try them now! As good as Bachelors super-noodles? Not quite but a damn site cheaper these are lol
Contains Wheat & Gluten
Nutritional information.... Per Half Pack....
Energy: 275 Kcal
of which is sugars: 0.6g
of which is saturates; 5.4g
of which is sodium: 0.6g
In this recession we all have to cut back on our spending and one thing that is affected by this is of course the regular shopping trip. I must admit that I have been buying more of things like this than the more extravagent food items you find in the supermarkets. I have always quite liked the taste of Noodles so I thought that these would be a good thing to try if I was going to find something a little cheaper than usual. So when I saw that these had been added to the Dooyoo product list I thought I would share my thoughts.
**Sainsbury's Instant Chicken Noodles**
I have always been pretty impressed with Sainsbury's own brand and find them the best of the supermarkets "own brand" along with Tesco aswell. The bag comes in at 85g and costs just 28p which is a great bargain in my book when Batchelors super noodles come in at nearly twice the price for the a packet the same size as these ones. Just like the Batchelors Noodles all you need to do is heat the noodles in the microwave for a couple of minutes or you can use a pan if you so choose. The chicken flavour seasoning is included in the packet and you just mix it in before heating.
Now we come to the all important test, How does it taste??? and I bring good news. Although it has to be said that these Noodles are not as nice as the Batchelors super noodles or other brands around that price they are pretty good for the price. They are certainly more than half as good as the more expensive Batchelors. One small gripe is that the Chicken flavour could do with being a little stronger as I feel that it's a tad weak compared to the best but that is only a very small gripe overall.
This is a very impressive product that I have to say is an absolute bargain, You will of course get nicer Noodles but not for 28p which these sell for. They only lose a star because of the slightly weak Chicken flavour but all things considered this is a very fine product yet again from Sainsburys that can be used in a variety of meals. Why not get a sauce and make a meal out of it or it can be a great snack in between meals.