“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Noodles „
I've seen these frozen packs of Chinese Noodle Stir Fry in the freezer for ages and have seen my mum eat it sometimes but I've never tried it. It reminds me of something like a vegetable chow mein but you can see from the picture on the packet that it wouldn't have a nice sauce with it and I think it's that what put me off because it just looks mega dry on the bag.
It comes frozen and you cook it from frozen as well, it tells you on the pack to use a spoon of oil in a frying pan but I used butter and it gave it a delish flavour because I don't think it would taste as nice with plain greasy oil.
It's not bad for something you tip frozen into a frying pan! lol The noodles are nice and soft and are cooked perfect in the 6 mins stir frying that it says on the bag. They have got a bit of a greasy feel to them but that's a good thing because it deffo makes them taste a bit more like chow mein. There are quite a few vegetables in it and they stay nice and crunchy, the mange tout wasn't as crunchy as I thought it would be but it wasn't soggy or anything like that so that wasn't a problem.
The water chestnuts and beansprouts are yummy, they taste and feel majorly fresh to eat and I like the red peppers as well even though the flavour of them is a bit boring and deffo doesn't taste as fresh as the rest of the vegetables in it.
As the stir fry is defrosting in the pan you do get a kind of sauce, it's really the water out of everything that was frozen but it's got a bit of a soy sauce flavour and that goes nice with the butter I put in at the beginning. When I put it on my plate I added a bit more soy sauce to it and that gave it all a bit of a more interesting flavour and I reckon you could even put a sauce in the pan while it was cooking to make this a proper meal.
A pack serves 2 and costs £1.50 so that's not bad value and because it's all quite loose in the bag you can just pour out what you need and put the rest back in the freezer.
Tesco Stir Fry Noodles contain a mixture of egg noodles, chicken, water chestnuts, mangetout and red peppers in a chinese sauce, and is sold as a meal for two. At around six to eight minutes preparation time its great for a quick snack, and although it tastes very rich and pleasant (whilst also quite mild) it doesn't really stretch to two people, but at the same time is a little too much as a one-person meal.
Despite it being quite a small stir-fry you would need a big pan or wok to cook it in, as the noodles come in big frozen blocks that need to be warmed up slowly before they break up, being turned over at regular intervals. The sauce was also quite greasy, and overall the meal had quite a fatty and unhealthy-feeling texture to it, although at 300 calories per serving its not a particularly fattening meal.
At £1.50 for a 500g packet its pretty good value for money, but there are nicer stir fries out there that don't cost much more, and as a two person meal this will leave you both feeling still pretty hungry.
Nutritional information (per 250g)
This a delicious stock up lunch or dinner and serves best for the rainy days when you can't think of cooking anything and you just need a quick bite.
I just saw this Chinese noodle stir fry on the aisles of Tesco and even though it was their own product, I didn't mind buying it or didn't doubt the quality. It comes in an attractive black and red coloured packaging. The contents include delicious egg noodles with vegetables like waterchest nuts red bell peppers and bean sprouts.
Although this is a frozen meal, we don't have to thaw it in microwave. All it requires is heating and a bit of stir frying the noodles. I basically fried the noodles for about 10 minutes and mixed the vegetables and the sauce alltogether in one go. After cooking for another 5- 6 minutes a great meal was ready.
However, i do feel they could have thrown in some more veggies and sauce and may be some more noodles because when it comes to chinese, I believe in a larger portion size.
After trying this dinner, I rushed to tesco and picked up a whole bunch of Chinese noodle stir frys and made two packets at a time.
I bought a 500 g package for about a pound and a half. I think that was a great price for the meal.
I recently bought a packet of this Chinese Noodle Stir Fry from Tesco. It is described as 'Water Chestnuts, Mangetout, red peppers and beansprouts with egg noodles in a delicious Chinese style sauce' and a 500 gram packet cost me £1.49.
Even though this is a Tesco own brand the packaging looks quite cool. The noodles come in a vibrant red and black bag which looks slightly Oriental, and it has a scrummy looking photograph of noodles and vegetables on the front which got my mouth watering straight away!
The noodles and vegetables are cooked from frozen which makes them really convenient as it means you don't have to plan ahead and defrost beforehand. It is recommended that you fry them in a wok for 6 to 8 minutes. However when I fried them I found that they needed around 11 minutes to thoroughly cook through and especially for the noodles to separate from the large frozen lumps that they originate as.
Once cooked the noodles look and smell lovely. There is a reasonable amount of vegetables although I think they could probably throw in a few more. Both the noodles and vegetables taste lovely. They are fresh, moist and all the different flavours complement each other really well.
The only complaint I have is that it might be nice to have a little bit more sauce, as there was very little. The lack of sauce isn't a problem if you are just having the noodles by themselves, but I added chicken to make it a chicken stir fry and so some more sauce would have been helpful to moisten the chicken a bit.
There are two servings contained in one packet though if you are just having these noodles as a small side dish with a large piece of meat or fish then you could possibly stretch this to three. Each 250 gram serving contains 300 calories and 15 grams of fat, 1.9 grams of which is saturated. This is a reasonable calorie count but admittedly the fat amount is a bit high, especially as it will probably rise once the noodles have been fried in oil. I'd recommend therefore that this isn't a dish you have more than around once a week.
I will definitely be buying this again as I think it is a lovely, convenient and very tasty treat.