Product Type: Sharwood Pasta / Noodles
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Sharwood's Ready to Wok Medium Soft Noodles
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Sharwood's Ready to Wok Medium Soft Noodles
Date: 07/03/11, updated on 18/03/12 (125 review reads)
Advantages: can cook all your meal in one wok, and nice even coating with the sauce
Disadvantages: lots of packaging, need one serving per person so expensive
We have always bought noodles in our house, but they have usually been the sort that you add to boiling water for a couple of minutes and then serve. I was curious to try the ready to wok noodles as I was thinking it might be a much better way to mingle the flavour through the noodles and my husband would be happy as it would be slightly less washing up. We like one pot meals.
These are currently available in Tesco and Asda for £1 a pack, and normally retail for £1.25. I find this price a little high myself, but I thought it worth giving them a trial.
I bought the noodles and a sachet of black bean sauce and decided to do a pork stir fry. I followed the instructions from the noodle packet. Firstly I heated the oil and then stir fried the pork. I then added some onion, carrot and pepper. After this was cooked, the noodles were ready to add. I had to use 2 packs to make enough for myself, my husband and our 2 and 4 year old children. This equalled 4 x 150g servings of noodles. I don't know if we have unusually large appetites, but as our main meal, I would not have served less than this. The packets looked really small before cooking, and I didn't imagine them swelling much.
Inside the red outer packet, the noodles come in 2 servings which are each then packaged further inside another layer of plastic. The noodles are completely different to the ones that you rehydrate in water. They already look ready to eat. They are not dehydrated, and you just need to heat them up to make them ready to eat.
The outer packet had a little perforation to open easily. The inner packs were too well packaged and I needed to find scissors to open them. They were kind of shrink wrapped. A bit like those bags where you put clothes in and then suck out the air. A bit weird as it wasn't completely like that but a bit like that. (Sorry, I realise that doesn't sound that useful.)
The instructions said to add the noodles and then add the sauce. I found doing it this way the noodles straight away started to stick to my wok. I don't know if I had it too hot, but I am conscious that it can be horrible to clean stuck on food off. After adding the sauce and having a good stir, this then stopped happening which was a big relief.
(I have just noticed on the pack I could have also cooked them in the microwave, which is probably how I will do it in future.)
What I liked about these noodles were they were very quick to cook through. They were very evenly coated in the sauce I was using, and this gave them a different taste and appearance for what is essentially the same type of product. They didn't clump together like normal noodles do.
What I found I disliked was that they were a bit oilier having been cooked in the wok, and also it was quite hard to cook that many noodles as well as meat and veg in my wok which is by no means small. I would think it is better/easier to heat them through in a smaller portion. My biggest dislike is the amount of plastic packaging they came in. All of this is not recyclable, although it is made from recyclable material.
Overall, I liked them but I don't think they will be a regular purchase as they are more expensive than noodles you boil, and not much more convenient.
Summary: Food in a flash, but it was a little harder to stir fry than i thought with a full pan.
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