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My disappointment soon turned in to happiness
Just a quick word of caution. Whenever you buy a product in a supermarket (or anywhere else for that matter) always check all sides of the packaging. If I had followed this advice when I first noticed these Tiger Tiger Cup Noodles, then I would not have experienced the disappointment that I did when I came to cook them.
The flavour that most appealed to me on the shelf was 'Thai Spice Satay Style' because I am a massive lover of Satay flavoured meals and snacks. I was walking up and down the noodles aisle in Sainsbury's looking for anything that took my fancy. Normally I prefer the noodles where you cook them yourself and add chicken and a pack of ready made satay sauce, but on this particular day, I was feeling a bit 'lazy' in the cooking department, so fancied something ready made. At £1.04, they seemed a bit steep for a ready made noodle snack, but I thought 'you get what you pay for' so they must be 'special'.
That was when these noodles caught my attention. They stuck out like a sore thumb against the rest of the noodle snacks, because the rest were either in those super noodle packs or pot noodle tubs. These came in a box shaped like those Chinese takeout boxes you see on those American movies. I envisioned Americans sat there with a few cans of beer or soda in one hand and chopsticks ready to dunk in to their noodles with the other.
I am no good at using chopsticks so thought my fork would suffice. I couldn't wait to get them home that night and eat them out the box in true American style. Besides, I had always wondered what it would feel like to eat them out of a box. I don't know if anyone else agrees, but they always look tastier when you see those ones in the movies that I talked about earlier.
I was very disappointed however, hence my opening sentence, when I tore off the outer packaging, opened the box and peered inside. I thought I would see noodles sitting comfortably in some plastic box inside, but instead, there was a pot noodle style tub in the box. I felt misled at that stage (even though I know it was my own fault for not reading the package properly) in to thinking it would not come in a pot noodle style tub. I wonder how many other people have picked up one of these thinking the same, only to inspect the packaging and see it is just a normal tub.
Anyway, I peeled off the lid hoping it did not taste like a pot noodle and the aroma of the noodles was very appealing. There was a plastic fork inside and the tiniest little sachet possible of 'satay sauce'. I followed the instructions (apart from filling the water up to the fill line as unless I'm going blind in my young age, I could not for the life of me, see the fill line. Another pair of eyes could not see this line either!) and then waited a few seconds before I started to give the noodles a stir. The consistency did not feel like that of a pot noodle. The noodles (I am sure) are thinner and paler. It looked delicious though, as it had tiny particles of carrot, leek and cabbage in it.
I wondered whether the satay sauce would make any kind of difference to the flavour as I don't think it could have been in a smaller sachet if they had tried. I cut it open and squeezed (what little there was of it) in to the noodles. I wondered if it would be hard to fully coat the noodles with the sauce as the sauce was of a thick consistency, but as soon as it touched the water, it started to melt and turned in to a liquid which I was able to mix well. Once ready, I took my first mouthful and I have to say ~ wow I was very impressed! It has a completely different style of flavour and a completely different aroma to that of a pot noodle. It was very tasty and the sauce had added an oil-like consistency to the water. It looked like a delicious soup rather than a ready made noodle snack. If you like Thai or Chinese inspired food, then you will love these noodles. The strength (hot and spicy) rating of this flavour is given a 2/5. They also do other flavours which I can't wait to try.
To summarise, I found this noodle snack extremely tasty but I think they could improve (just a little bit) by doubling the amount of sauce they put in. Also when I read the nutritional value on the back, I got quite a shock! Displayed in all places possible on the packaging, is 'less than 5% fat'. That doesn't look too bad until you see that there is actually 17g of fat in one cup. It also has a lot of salt and calories, but contains a good amount of protein and fibre.
I found it tasty enough to eat one every day, but after seeing all that fat and salt in, I think I will limit it to once or twice a month (as a treat).
I'm not usually the kind of person who does review but after logging on an and seeing what everyone has been saying so far I couldn't help myself.These noodles are very nice. Not amazing, but if you want a quick snack whilst at work then these will do the trick.The fork is crap I agree, it's best to have a metal one to hand. As for the sachet, ok it doesn't look or taste the best but trust me, when you add it too the noodles it really does make the world of difference.We have 4 people in my office of 6 eating them on a daily basis, ranging all the flavours. Not one complaint from anyone so far. We all agree, they are tasty and filling. Cheaper than pot noodles as well which frankly taste like cardboard.
I purchased the Tiger Tiger cup noodles as the packaging looked really new and inviting.
However on opening the packet and revelaing the somewhat bland and boring 'pot noodle' style container. I started to think what I had bought was far from inviting.
I peeled the silver lid off and filled it with water to the (non existant) fill line. Only to noticed lots of what looked like old, stale cabbage came floating into view.
I stirred the noodles the best I could without getting them all wrapped around the awful folding spoon supplied in the packet. After 3 minutes I thought about putting the so called 'Seasoning Oil' in, but luckily tasted it before. It tasted like vile soya sauce, not the sort you get in a bottle. It was crystalised and smelt vile.
After opting out of putting the 'oil' on the noodles, I began to (try) to consume them. However the noodles were that long it was nearly impossible to handle them with the flimsy fork supplied.
I managed to taste a few, and that let me make the easy decision to bin the lot ... No flavour, horrible.
Do not waste your money on this 'chinese' cr*p!!
After picking up a quartet of Tiger Tiger noodles for cheap lunch eating, I have started tucking in to them and duly decided to stick up a review. Imagine my surprise, however, to see that there were three existing reviews (including one particularly vitriolic one from the ever talented duskmaiden).
From reading the negatives about this noodle based snack you'd think that Tiger Tiger had personally thrown bricks through the windows of some of the lower raters - surely no noodles can justify this level of anger?...
*Enter the... tiger?*
Tiger Tiger noodles are advertised as 'authentic Thai noodles' and the flavours sounded vaguely interesting, even to someone who commonly finds that the sort of individual who cites 'Thai' as their favourite cuisine is more often than not a total poseur.
Flavours include Thai spice, hot and sour and tom yum and all varieties come boxed in a cutesy little cardboard outer wrapper that looks like the little tubs Chinese food always gets delivered in in American sitcoms. I'm lucky if our local Chinese uses anything fancier than the cardboard tray from a crate of chopped tomatoes, but that's another story. I'm not best pleased with the extraneous packaging, even if it does look good. That said, it does make the noodles look a bit more interesting than the competitors.
The packaging also comes complete with a handy little 'spice guide' indicating how spicy the noodles are, from one to five chillies. None of the five varieties in my local supermarket was higher than three chillies, so hopefully I'll be keeping the roof of my mouth throughout the week!
*So, what're they like?*
Opening the foil lid of the noodles I thought that they looked much of a muchness versus the competition - dehydrated white noodles with a few pieces of carrot, cabbage and onion visible. They are mad up in the usual fashion and a flavouring sachet (which appears to contain chilli and thickeners) is added once the noodles have had a chance to soak up some of the liquid.
Of the couple of pots that I've opted for so far, the flavours have been tasty, no saltier than usual and just about the right consistency. Granted, the noodles are thin, but isn't this what you expect when you prepare an instant noodle snack and a kettle is your main utensil bar the fork you use to eat them? They are fairly fragrant, too and I've far preferred them to the horribly stodgy more Western flavours such as smoky bacon et al. offered by Batchelor's and similar companies. Far nicer than pot noodles, too!
Maybe they're not strictly authentic, haute cuisine Thai, but they're far from horrible. I know it's repeating my previous point somewhat, but do we really expect perfect fresh tasting noodles in a rich coconut milk sauce with lemongrass and loads of herbs for 65p? For what you pay it's a good deal and made a good change from my usual rounds of non-stop wholemeal pitas.
*Setting the record straight on nutrition*
Duskmaiden's review contained some information that may have been accurate at the time, but certainly isn't now. The current incarnation of Tiger Tiger noodles is far healthier than I'd been led to believe.
Calories - Between 410 and 430 a pot - perfectly healthy for a light lunch.
Fat - 17g total/8g saturated - ok, saturated fat is best avoided as much as possible, but it's far less than you'd find in a burger or most sandwiches containing 'real' mayonnaise.
Sodium - 1.75g - doctors recommend no more than 6g a day, so while it's not low in salt it should be fine if eaten as part of a generally balanced diet.
*(My) final word*
Rather than the snarling tiger of dietary distress which I was expecting, this snack strikes me as more of a pussycat. It's cheap, fairly filling, has a decent consistency and is better than the competition (even if it's not a perfect facsimile of your favourite Thai restaurant). I'm taking a star off as the nutrition isn't the best ever.
I'll admit that when it comes to making something to eat on occassion I just can't be bothered. I don't like sandwiches either which makes things a bit difficult or restricted around dinner time. I'd never even heard of these before but they were going for 65p up at Sainsburys so I thought I'd give them a try.
Although the container is just like your average pot noodle tub, it comes in a box which makes it a bit more bulkier than necessary. This could be down to the fact that it's supposedly an 'authentic thai taste'
I opted for the Tom Yum flavour although there was an optional Thai Curry choice as well. It is pretty simple to make, pour in your water and wait for 3 minutes type job. Best to make sure you read the instructions properly though as it says to not pull all of the lid off. You have to replace it whilst you let it stand. I just ripped it off without thinking so maybe that's why mine wasn't all that tastey.
It even comes with it's own plastic fork although it is pretty feeble and I ended up using one from our cutlery drawer in the end. On the box it says that there is a sachet of sauce. I wouldn't really call it that. It was more of a paste which fell like a clump onto my noodles and didn't really disappear.
Although it says that these noodles are hot and spicey I got neither. It was basically noodles in water, with a few tiny vegetables and then all you got after that was a salty flavour. The little packet of supposed sauce did nothing to make it taste nice. If you ask me it was more like a pocket of food colouring than anything else.
For the cost of 65p I suppose you get what you pay for but when it's at its full price of 99p I do think it's a waste of money. You can get a regular pot noodle for about 80p up at Sainsburys and Batchelors super noodles for 70p. Both of which taste nicer than Tiger Tiger Cup Noodles.
In eating one of these you take in 411 calories, 7g of fat and 1.56g of salt so I don't even think it's that healthy either. OK so it is quick and easy to make but it doesn't fill you up and you're likely to end up feeling hungry afterwards. It's really more of a snack item then anything else.
I wouldn't advise anybody to buy these, even though it states that it has less than 5% fat, no artificial colours or preservations and is suitable for vegetarians. All those things could make a person be tempted but maybe by taking all those things out it's made it taste bland and watery.
Really not value for money
This is one of my favourite brands in London. I come from Asia and cup noodles are a plenty there. Nissin ranks first on my list (available in UK Asian supermarkets), followed by Myojo (not available in UK) and Nong Shin (available in Asian Supermarkets)
Generally cup noodles are very easy to carry around and eat where there is hot water available. In Asia, where it is common to have hot meals for lunch, cup noodles are a cheap and fast way of eating. Just fill the cup up with boiling water, leave it to stand for 3 minutes and voila, noodles ready for eating. They come with a small packet of ingredients (dried vegetables usually), and a small sachet of flavouring.
Tiger Tiger does get the flavours right. There is tom yum, hot and spice chinese style, thai satay and thai curry. I have tried the tom yum so far and they taste pretty much like the tom yum flavour instant noodles that I get in Asia. The noodles are springy, the tom yum stock tastes the way it should in the usual tom yum cup noodles and best of all, the volume is just nice to fill me up. They do usually go for 99 p but it is cheaper in larger Sainsbury at 89 p.
I love eating this cup noodles on a cold winter day! Fills up my tummy very nicely. I won't recommend eating this too frequently though. The small sachet of flavouring does contain quite a bit of MSG. There is also too little vegetables inside to be healthy.
Tiger Tiger burning bright.
Shall I have your cup Noodles
or will they taste like sh*te
I am normally the type of person who is stingy and sad enough to pack her own sandwiches for lunchtime. However sometimes I can not be bothered and fancy a change. In the supermarket I am always looking for convenience food that is different and fits the bill. I came across a range of Tiger Tiger Cup Noodles (oriental flavoured pot noodle style snacks) so decided to buy one to keep in stock. They came in a number of flavours including Thai Curry and Tom Yun. I plumped for Thai Spicy satay. I am fan of oriental style food and although I have never really tried proper Thai food I do like Thai inspired flavours. My sister does a mean satay sauce so thought this one might be tasty. I bought it from Sainsburys for 80 pence which I think is just that tad bit dearer than a bog standard Pot Noodle.
On the outside it looks just like a Pot noodle with a resealable lid. The pack says they are new but I am sure I saw them about two years ago in Tescos.
I whip off the cellophane, pop the lid and peel back the protective cover. Inside there is a little disposable plastic fork (handy if you are eating on the run or in a student kitchen where the dishes have not been done for months), a sauce sachet off squidgy brown flavouring and underneath that a cylindrical block of noodles.
I get to work and fill the pot to the fill here line then stir the noodles. I notice tiny bits of dried vegetables like you would get in soup mix. Apparently they are carrots, cabbage and onion. Not very exotic for a Thai inspired pot noodle. I was hoping more for peppers and maybe sweet corn.
I wait the recommended three minutes then take a look. The noodles look like cheap noodles you get for say about 20 or 30 pence. They seem slightly glutinous in texture as there is a slight soupiness to them. I can not really comment on the smell as there was no distinctive smell. I took a taste of the plain noodles. They tasted slightly salty to me but not too bad.
Time to add the satay flavouring. It's quite thick and squidgy as I noted before so it was more a case of squeezing the sachet rather than pouring it into the noodles. It really does not look that appealing or appetising at all. I squeezed a little bit on my finger. It tasted slightly nutty and a bit like soy sauce. It has garlic and chilli in it so it has a little hint of spice.(it also has artificial peanut flavour so that is good news for nut allergy sufferers or those who have loved ones with nut allergies)
I mixed the sauce in with the noodles. The consistency of the liquid becomes thicker and more soup like. The noodles turn a light coffee colour. There are patches which are slightly darker where the sauce does not quite stir in properly. I still do not notice the smell too much. It is certainly not repugnant but neither is it mouth-watering. Time to actually taste the combination together.
My first impressions are not good. I feel a little disappointed as there is not much flavour to the noodles at all. I get a slight hint of spice, a hint of nuttiness and salt. The noodles are glutinous and have a nice smooth texture in my mouth. It's pleasant but rather bland. The vegetables do not add much to the experience at all. As I reach nearer the bottom the flavour kicks in. I must not have stirred it thoroughly. I find it sweet and salty at the same time. The aftertaste is particularly salty. I'm not a big fan of overly salty things but the sweet and savoury counterbalance each other nicely.
I am not overly impressed at all. The contents weight 90 grams and I feel a bit dissatisfied. I am even more dissatisfied when I have a read of the nutritional values. They are shocking. There were 448 calories in the pot and it was 17% fat. I tend to eat fairly healthily and I think my normal cheese, fake turkey or vegetarian pate sandwich with salad would have been a far better choice. What was even more disturbing was that it has 12 grams of sodium in this tiny serving. That is over twice the recommended daily limit for adults. I am wondering if I misread this. If not I am seriously worried and would not recommend them to those with high blood pressure.
A scan of the ingredients is just as scary. You call this food?! I recognise very few of the ingredients as ones I would have in my cupboard. It is mostly processed junk or things like sugar and salt. The vegetable content is miniscule so this snack would not qualify for a portion of fruit and vegetables. They are also not suitable for true vegetarians as they contain shrimp flavourings (Luckily I eat fish, just not meat or poultry)
I think the only time I would really enjoy Tiger Tiger Thai (not very) spicy Satay cup noodle if I was very drunk or very starving.(i.e. good food for after the pub when you can just about manage to fill a kettle and pour it) They really are not all that good. Time to go back to my sandwiches as they are tastier, more filling and much better for me nutritionally.