This product amazes me. I truly do not understand how Tesco''s produce and sell these delicious noodles at such as cheap price. I first purchased these noodles when I was a poor student and I was looking for cheap and tasty food. These noodles fit the bill perfectly. Simply add hot water and there you have it, anyone can do it! I do remember though I did once forget to add the water, I put them in the microwave dry and yep they burn and made a load of smoke - in my defensive I was pretty hungover. 9 years after leaving uni and I still keep a pscket of noodles in the cupboard. I have a also found some pretty good ways of jazzing them up: Receip 1: noodle soup Cook the noodles as per the instructions. While the noodles are cooking put some really crispy lettuce at the bottom of as round soup bowl. Then poor the noodles on top of the lettuce, add a little more boiled water sand microwave for an extra 30 seconds or so. Add salt and pepper ass require and taadaa you have a Chinese style soup Receip 2: cheesy ham noodles Cook the noodles as instructed and then drain away the excess water. Add loads of cheese and little bits of chicken or ham if you have them. Salt sand pepper to taste. This might sound gross but it is delicious and really cheap, although admittedly probsably not very healthy. These noodles are really cheap, really tasty and pretty versatile. They are one of my top buys.
A regular on my shopping list is shop branded value noodles. The brand I purchase depends on what supermarket I am in when I remember I need noodles. The noodles currently residing in the pantry are these Tesco Everday Value Chicken Noodles. The 65g pack costs a budget friendly 20p compared to Morrisons value noodles which come in at 28p a pack for what is essentially the same product.
Inside the pack is a dried noodle block and a silver flavour sachet containing the chicken flavouring. I find these small sachets a little difficult to open so rather than spray chicken powder all over the kitchen I will open the sachet with scissors.
As well as the ingredients and nutritional breakdown on the back of the pack there are the cooking instructions for hob and microwave. I have cooked these noodles in the microwave and on the hob with equally satisfying results.
When I cook these noodles I like to add extra ingredients such as a few splashes of Hendersons Relish, half a chicken oxo cube, diced onion, chopped ham, bacon and or chicken and then liberally cover in cheese. With these extra ingredients the noodles taste amazing, when cooked without a few extra touches I find the noodles a little bland.
The noodles are quite filling as a snack or when combined with sausages or a chicken breast they make a more substantial meal. I always have value noodles in my pantry as they are a great fallback item when I can't think of anything to cook or can't be bothered to cook properly.
Thank you for reading.
I'm quite a fan of pot noodles and went in my local shop to grab one but they hadn't got any in. I ended up trying super noodles which I loved and thought I'd try these cheaper alternatives when shopping in tesco. The packets of these are a bit smaller than the supernoodles by about 30g but are around 50p cheaper at just 20p a packet.
Like with the super noodles, you pour the contents of plain noodles into a bowl, add the seasoning powder and a bit of boiling water then microwave for 3 1/2 minutes. They're simple, quick and taste quite nice. I like te chicken flavour but find it a little bit bland so I've put allsorts in there to try. I like to add cheese, broken up piece of bread and a bit of chicken or ham as it thickens it out and makes it more filling as well as adding flavour.
The noodles come in plain packaging as with all supermarket own brands but it isn't a big deal, it goes straight in the bin anyway. One tip I will give is to break up the noodle block first before putting them in the bowl as it makes them much easier to eat.
The noodles are easy to make and you can do multiple packets at once if you're quite hungry or cooking for more than one person. They taste a little like chicken but the flavour isn't as strong as the super noodles. I tend to eat two packets of these as the packets are quite small.
These noodles aren't the most nutritionally balanced food but I don't think they're particularly high in fat or calories and they make a nice snack, especially if you're short of time.
I would recommend these for stocking up if you're a bit low on cash or want to buy lots of them as I did today but if you've got the money spare if recommend spending a bit more and getting te super noodles which taste better. You can only get this brand of noodles at tesco as it's their brand but other supermarkets like asda do the same kind of thing.
I often buy Everyday Value Chicken Noodles not just because they're cheap but I actually quite like them. They used to be about 11p but now have risen to 20p- still cheaper than their counterparts though.
They come packaged in a white pack with orange labelling, the above wrapping has been updated along with all the other value items.
The noodles are only 65g which is a smaller pack than the leading brand but this still works out considerably cheaper, in Tesco's anyway. The ingredients don't look too bad and the pack only contains 260 cals. Some cheap end 'meat' dishes often contain no meat just flavour but this lists chicken powder. The powder sachet is easy to open and sprinkle, it's yellow in colour with tiny bits of carrots (not many but I'm not complaining) and herbs.
These are easy to make you just place the once opened 'brick' of dried noodles into a pan, pour in 200ml boiling water, add the sachet of chicken flavouring and simmer until the water is absorbed. This takes about 3 mins. You can also microwave them but I don't personally however my daughter does and they're fine.
The noodles once cooked are nice and firm, they are stringier and thinner than other instant noodle dishes. The chicken flavour is there but not strong and you can taste the other ingredients, however without me adding soy sauce they can be quite bland. We usually have these on their own as a meal but sometimes I will make them as a side dish, if with Chinese I'll omit the chicken sachet and cook them plain.
I would recommend them and will continue to buy them.
5 stars from me.
Missing the 11p noodles days, these have gone up to 15p. These are dark times.
Anyway, regardless of me losing a few pence on this product I can say these things have been a lifesaver. I am a nutrition student so I am aware of how much bad stuff is in these and how nutritionally they are simple just full of fat and salt. However when you only have about 5 seconds for lunch as a student somedays being on a pretty intensive course these can be the quickest and easiest thing to solve my hunger pains.
Like I said before they cost 15p now and at that price you can't go wrong. I snap the pack in half, put them in a bowl, then add the hot water and seasoning. It then gets thrown in the microwave for 3 mins, given the odd occasional stir and hey presto. Cheap easy quick food. No skills required.
To make myself feel a bit better about eating these I often throw in some frozen vegetables just to add some more nutrition.
Taste wise these aren't amazing. The supernoodles and pot noodles brand do have much more flavour, but at a price. These are a fraction of the price and they don't taste disgusting. They have a salty, fatty flavour. Everything you want in a pot noodle.
I have also used these in an addition to a stir fry meal and they did a great job. My dinner was cooked in 5 mins so it is great when you are on the go.
I wouldn't recommend eating these all the time. Firstly because they are not good for you and secondly it can get very boring.
When you are a poor student like me and need food you can't go wrong with these. Simple as.
There tends to be afew things that hang around in my kitchen cupboards, and packets of noodles tends to be one of them. Not the pot variety, but dried and in packets whether that would be the plain noodles or the ones that come with sachets of flavourings you can add to it when cooking it. These I have tried afew times in different flavours, but this chicken version is the one Im reviewing and it cost 15p from Tescos.
Why did I buy them?
I find these very quick and easy to do.If Im in a rush and need to eat something but don't have time or energy to make anything big I can easily cook a packet of these and they are reasonably filling.
How are they packaged?
They are 65g in weight and are in a plastic packet. The picture on this site is the old version as Tesco have rebranded their value range. The packet is a pale cream in colour with ' Tesco Everyday Value ' right at the top. Underneath ' Chicken Flavour Instant Noodles '.All wording in orange. On the left hand side is a bowl/plate of boodles in it, underneath that how long it takes to cook. Directly next to that the Guideline Daily Amount and directly above pictures in orange showing pans, forks, veg etc.
On the back it has cooking directions, allergy advice and ingredients.
Wheat Flour,Vegetable Oil ,Sugar ,Dried Chicken Powder ,Salt ,Garlic Powder ,White Pepper ,Ginger Powder ,Yeast Extract ,Turmeric Powder ,Stabiliser (Guar Gum) ,Dried Carrot ,Dried Coriander ,Colour (Plain Caramel)
Calories 260, 13%of your GDA
Sugar 1g, 1%of your GDA
Fat 11g, 16%of your GDA
Saturates 6g, 28%of your GDA
Salt 0.7g, 12%of your GDA
How to cook
Remove all packaging. Place 200ml of boiling water into a microwaveable container and add the contents of the seasoning sachet. Break the noodle block into 3 or 4 pieces, add to the seasoned boiled water and cover. Microwave between 1min 1/4sec-1min ¾ depending on wattage. Stir and stand for 1 min. Repeat. Stand for 1 min.
On hob-same as above but put noodles in a pan with boiling water. Let it come to the boil,simmer for 2mins30sec.
So what do I think?
I always cook these types of things in the microwave as the clean up is so much easier. They cook very fast so below the 5 min mark which is great. To look at they look ok when cooked, but don't wow me. They are the typical thickness that you would expect from noodles, the smallest and the most sparse bits of dried vegetables dotted around which to me seems abit pointless. Despite adding the sachet to the noodles there isn't that much flavour to it, just a hint. Slight taste of ' chicken ' but not much and very little seasoning. To be fair, I don't expect much from a product that costs 15p and its edible and will fill the belly if alittle hungry and perfect if you need to make something quick, but to make it more interesting to eat you would need to add something in it ( maybe herbs, salt, pepper ) or a dollop of a sauce of choice.
The fat and salt content is alittle on the high side for me, so not an everyday mini meal for me.
Would I buy again? Not sure. I've tasted some sold in Aldi and Home Bargains that are maybe 8-10p more per packet and they taste much better in regards to flavour. So would probably go with another brand but similar price bracket.
Good buy though if on a major tight budget.
At 11p a packet being hard up and on job seekers allowance I decided to try them instead of super noodles which I normally buy for my lunches. Upon opening the packet i was happy to find normal looking noodles. But when i opened the packet of seasoning the smell instantly flew up my nose. It was foul smelling a cross between petrol and old garbage. I continued to brew up the culinary disaster in the pan with the smell becoming more pungent and revolting. After the "cardboard" and "yellow death powder" had combined in the pan and the noodles cooked , I decided to try and eat some believing that the smell was just bi-product of poor quality noodles and seasoning. However to my horror i found out the hard way that they tasted worse than they had smelled and I ran to the sink to hurl chunks. I would never recommend anyone to try these unless they are so run down that they are gnawing at their leather boots
In the past few years I have experienced tough financial times, so much so that one week my boyfriend and I had to buy 20 of these noodles (yes. 20) for the days when we simply couldnt afford a lunch/dinner! Nowadays we buy a few packs every now and again and i ashamed to say i have a bit of a secret love for noodle sandwitches! Carb hell I know but I love it. I have yet to find better tasting noodles so here is my every praising review!
The packaging is no longer like that in the picture as tesco value has been replaced with tesco everyday value. Its set on a sort of beige coloured background with orange writing stating the brand name, what is is and that it contains no artificial preservatives, flavours, colours of MSG. It as a picture of a bowl of noodles which i must say dont really look like the actual finished product and a few clipart style pictures of pots, kettles, a carrot etc. The bottom has a list of symbols and infromation- it gives a quick breadown of cooking times for microwave and hob and the nutritional value for each pack. The back of the packet contains cooking instructions, a more in depth nutritional contents, allergy advice ingredients list, storage instructions, recycling infrmation (its not recycable) and the tesco promise.
They're currently selling in tesco for 11p I've seen their price fluctuate from around 8p(a good few years back) to 13p but theyre always cheap.
THE PRODUCT ITSELF:
The noodles are in a solid block which you need to bread into 3 or 4 blocks yourself. Theres also a sachet of seasoning in there for you to mix into the water.
I usually make mine in the microwave (just as Im a little lazy more than anything!). One thing I'd say is that I dont use the microwaveable cooking instructions on the back. It may just be my microwave but it doesnt work for me. I cook for a minute at a time, stir and put back on. Its done in about 5 minutes on 800w for me, slightly more than it says on the pack (this was the same when I tried using pack instructions, I needed longer.).
Tastewise Id say theyre lovely, they have a real flavour and taste just as good as the more expensive brands such as supernoodle.
Carbs: 33.1g (knew I shouldnt of put them in bread!)
of which sugars: 1.1g
of which saturates: 5.6g
Salt equivalent: 0.7g
Being a student and living alone means an endless tight budget. I pretty much never have more than £50 a month to feed myself - so any cheap food is a must have. I don't tend to eat much, I can survive off one meal a day (which is terrible) but when I'm sat up late doing coursework - I need an easy snack to keep me going.
Tesco have their own brand, pretty much in any product. You could get cookies, soup, ketchup, noodles - pretty much your entire food shop could be their own cheap brand and cost you so much less! This brand is named Tesco Value, renamed in the past month or two as 'Everyday Value' with a much nicer packaging - which is yet to change on the noodles as I assume they are getting rid of the final stock.
I think the most well known brand of noodles is Bachelor's Super Noodles - which despite being yummy, are they really worth 50p-£1.50? (Prices vary depending on where you buy them from). My new best friend, tesco value noodles only cost 13p a packet - which means I can buy 5 packs for only 65p! I usually buy about 5-8 packs per monthly shop because I find them to be such excellent value and a 'must have' item in my cupboard.
The noodles come in a bag, made of plastic but similar to what you'd expect from a bag of crisps. The packet is white with the 'Tesco Value' red and blue logo at the top. There is an image of noodles with the flavour written on the front. You can only buy them in chicken or curry flavour - I'm undecided on which I prefer. The back of the packet includes information about how to best cook your noodles, ingredients and nutritional information.
You can cook the noodles in microwave (in water on full power for 2 minutes) or on the hob - which personally I think makes them taste nicer. To cook my noodles I usually heat the saucepan, boil a kettle and pour the water into a jug along with the seasoning and one chicken stock cube. I then pour the water into the pan and wait for it to bubble - then add the noodles and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. The noodles stay in the water until they have completely absorbed all of it so that I get all of the flavour - then enjoy! Obviously this isn't how you MUST cook the noodles, but this is the way I think works best.
When it comes to the taste, I find them to be really good. I have cooked them without a stock cube and the seasoning does make them taste really yummy - I just add the stock cube for the added kick! I don't really think that the real 'Super Noodles' are any nicer in taste at all, so I'd never again pay more for what I think is the same quality. I find them to be adequate for a snack, but for a meal I think they need something else with them - like chicken curry or something.
I would recommend these noodles to anyone wishing to save a few pounds and bring quality food home for a fraction of the price. They are only 385 calories per pack and 13p which is definitely worth it. I have tried my noodles with sweet and sour chicken and it tastes delicious - I didn't use the seasoning though because I felt it would bring two completely different flavours together.
I am a fairly new to these noodles, having only tried them in the last couple of weeks. The reason I picked them up is that I am always responsible for sorting out my boyfriend's lunches at work. Sometimes its hard to think of new things, and sandwiches do tend to get a little boring after awhile! So I thought I would give these a try and see what they were like. He is a big noodle fan, so I usually give him two packets for his packed lunch.
He seems to be a big fan of these now, so I'm assuming they taste pretty good. He said they were comparable to the ever popular Batchelors Super Noodles chicken flavour, and they are just a fraction of the price! Easy and quick to make, he simply pours boiling hot water on them, and they are ready to go. Some people tend to drain out the excess water before they eat their noodles, whereas he leaves it in so it is similar to the 'ramen' noodles style, with the soup leftover. I've had no complaints so far, so that's good enough for me!
These noodles cost just 11p per pack, so they are an absolute steal! You get 65g per pack. The packaging is typical of Tesco's value range, but that doesn't bother me at all. Inside the pack you get your block of noodles, and the little sachet of flavouring to pour on with the boiling water.
I think these noodles make a great snack, and I'm so glad I decided to pick them up.
==Tesco Value chicken flavour instant noodles==
When it comes to lunch, it is a bit mixed up. Usually it's a packed lunch at school or when at home either a pot noodle, cup a soup, pasta in sauce or instant noodles. At this time however I was at home alone as mum went to work and I was feeling hungry so I grabbed the nearest thing to hand in the cupboard, hardly paying much attention, and it turned out to be Tesco Value chicken flavour instant noodles.
==Packaging, Price and Availability==
We've all seen Tesco Value packaging, have'nt we? The basic red, white and blue. Some may have a rainbow of this all over their house. These noodles are hardly any different, with the Tesco Value logo on the top left hand side, with the words 'Chicken Flavour Instant Noodles' in the middle. Information and ways to cook are on the bottom.
These noodles are only a measly 14p! Yeah! Their all right for people who can't afford food and live on these! But you think though some people have to! Anyway 14p is only very little and as Pot Noodles cost near the £1 mark these are the cheaper option.
As these are from the Tesco Value brand, they are only availble from Tesco. But if you have a little or a big one, you can get them!
==How to cook==
'''Remove all packaging'''
Place 200ml of boiling water in a saucepan and add the contents of the seasoning sachet,
Break the noodle block into 3 or 4 pieces and place in the boiling, seasoned water,
Bring back to the boil and then simmer over a moderate heat for 2 1/2 minutes, stirring frequently,
'''Remove all packaging'''
Place 200ml of '''boiling''' water into a bowl and add the contents of the seasoning sachet,
Breaak the noodle block into 3 or 4 pieces and place in the boiling, seasoned water and cover.
650w microwave total time: 4 1/2 minutes,
750w microwave total time: 4 minutes,
850w microwave total time: 3 1/2 minutes.
(refer to packet for instructions and times)
I cooked them on the hob as instructed and afterwards put them into a bowl. Now I have tried Batchelors and compared to these the Batchelors have a lot less liquid in the bottom and they smell stronger.
After i'd eaten them I peered in the bowl and thought, there shoul'dnt be that much water in there?! and i'd have cooked exactly as instruced!
Also too the taste was okay actually! They tasted like a pot noodle with 5 litres of water put in! The taste was alright! They had a fair bit of flavour but nothing fancy like the Batchelors ones!
==Information (as of each pack being made up)==
260 calories (13%),
1.1g of sugar (1%),
11.1g of fat (16%),
5.6g of saturates (28%),
0.7g of sats (12%).
Dried chicken powder,
Stabiliser (guar gum),
Colour (Plain caramel).
These noodles have the extremely cheap price tag and everything like that but in my opinion the saying 'you get what you pay for' really comes into it's own! They are OK like as a snack and that type of thing but not for dinner and such! They are all right if you are REALLY hungry and it's all you got or all you can afford but they are worth a try especially at 14p!
I give 2 stars and recommend
Thanks for reading! :-)
Being a student, it can obviously be tough being able to afford everything you need, especially if you have been used to being able to afford brand makes. My family have always wanted brand makes for everything, but when i went shopping with my boyfriend and was really struggling to afford everything that we needed, he suggested these noddles rather than a brand make, i bought them thinking well its only 9p, if i dont like it, its not much of a loss. when i opend the pack i didnt have high expectations, the packaging doesnt help you to think highly of the product, but whilst is was on the hob, you could really smell the chicken, and when i tasted it i honestly couldnt tell any difference between these chicken noodles and branded chicken noddles. Honestly, try these as you will be pleasantly surprised, i know on the pack it says Tesco value, and this can put people off but i cant tell the difference, great taste, quick snack and super cheap!
If your looking for l'experience gastonomique then your delectable pallate is going to be seriously dissapointed with these uber-buget instant noodles and lets face it even the most respected celebrity chef would be hard pushed to provide you with a taste explosion worthy of a mention in any good food guide but if you accept them for what they are, a 10pence packet of instant noodles at the bottom of Tesco's value food chain then you may just find that a little imagination can go a long way!
Three flavours available (that I am aware of) bacon, chicken and curry, not that it should make any difference because if participating in a blind taste test I think I would be hard pushed to identify each individual flavour.
Available in a 65g bag that at present costs a ridiculously low price of just 10pence. Noodles (made with wheat and gluten so not appropriate for those with intolerances) are freeze dried and to cook are simply added to 200ml of boiling water for approximately 3 minutes with a small satchet of powdered flavour (also contained in the main bag) and when cooked they are nice and soft. In my opinion it really makes no difference as to whether you add the flavouring or not as it really adds nothing to the overall taste. At best you will get a very slight hint of chicken flavouring (a simple case of swallow too quickly and you'll miss it!)
On their own one pack of noodles is no gourmet meal but come on people with a bit of imagination and a few more ingredients these boring and positively tasteless noodles can soon become a nutricious and tasty meal. Some vegetables, chicken or ham and a few herbs and you could be somewhere close to reaching at least one of your five a day!
Would I recommend them?
Ignoring the fact they contain a significantly high amount of salt and saturates (possibly enough to thin your blood if consumed on a regular basis) absolutely but only as a foundation of a meal or snack because they are a cost effective alternative to spaghetti and other pastas.
Usually my food bill is humongous and I don't mind that usually because I love food and eat plenty however I do often purchase value and economy products so of late I have been doing a tad more of that to help bring my shopping bill down a bit and it has...rather a lot actually.!
I love noodles but usually buy Bachelor supernoodles which I love either as a meal accompaniment or on their own as a quick snack but these looking in their packet a similar idea were only 10p a pack which is about a 40p saving a packet of my usual choice so I grabbed a few of them to try out.
The plastic packet is squarish in shape and white and red in colour mainly with a photograph of the made up noodles on the front of it. We are told that they are Tesco 'Value' Chicken flavour Instant Noodles and that they cook in 3 minutes in a saucepan on the hob and in 4 1/2 minutes in the microwave, there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown and the weight is stated which is 65g. On the back of the packet other information listed includes being told how to make them up, cooking instructions are given, ingredients as well a full nutritional chart and contact details for Tescos are also given. This may be cheap looking packaging but it is informative enough.
What you get is a pale beige coloured block of hard noodles. All you do with them to make them up is add water to them and bash them up a bit and then either pop them in a saucepan and then let them simmer for about 3 minutes or pop them in a microwavable container for about 4 - 4 1/2 minutes. There is a silver sachet of bright yellow powder which is the chicken flavouring and you add that seasoning to the water before cooking them.
I have cooked mine in the microwave and on the hob and either way is the same really. Both ways cook the noodles well providing that you give them a stir halfway cooking so that the dried noodles get saturated with the stock liquid. They do go rather mushy and stay rather thin and go yellow colour and look glossy.
Taste wise they're ok but nothing to rave about. They are very plain noodles really in flavour mixed with a slight taste of chicken stock though I found them not all that flavoursome though a little salty. A block of these noodles make a decent portion though they do go a little soggy but they are ok and not watery and certainly are a decent enough economy buy really though just don't expect them to blow you away on the flavour stakes!
Nutritional Information (The Important Bits!) Per Pack:
Saturated Fat: 8g
Only available in Tesco stores costing 10p.
Review also on Ciao under this same username.
Tesco value Chicken Noodles cost 8p per packet and are, in my opinion, another storecupboard essential.
To cook, place in a saucepan, cover with boiling water and simmer for 3 minutes. You can also cook by covering with boiling water and leaving for a few minutes.
The noodles themselves taste quite acceptable, the problem I've found with the Value Noodles as a range is that the flavour packs are quite odd, by flavour packs I mean the little sachets of 'chicken' flavour you get in the packet. These are often very salty and don't taste a great deal like chicken. They also sometimes have strange 'vegetables' floating around in them, because of this I do tend to use half of a chicken stock cube to flavour the noodles instead if I need to, or alternatively I will mix the noodles with a can of tuna or some chopped hotdogs to give flavour. This also pads out the noodles into a more substantial meal.
If cooked as instructed the noodles can be quite soggy but if you stop just as they become soft then they are quite pleasantly chewy.
Value for money
At 8p they're never going to be the best noodles on the market but for a cheap and quick snack they're not bad! The only thing you should note is that a pack doesn't make a great deal of noodles and you might find you need to use two packs, OK still good value for money, but they are quite high in calories so I find it better to use one pack and pad it out with tuna or hotdogs as above or add some chopped vegetables, stir fried vegetables, cherry tomatoes or prawns.
So in summary, a good cheap eat, although slightly high in calories.