“ Brand: Unilever / Type: Noodles „
For fans of convenience foods and more importantly pot noodles, these are a good quick fix!
I found these when I was browsing the pot noodle isle in my local supermarket and have since ound that they are quite often on offer, e.g. 3 for a pound, so nice and cheap too.
They are relatively low in calories so make an ideal lunchtime meal for those on the go. The calories qhoted on the front are for half a packet, but I think anyone would need to eat the whole packet to have an actual meal. By my way of thinking they are more of a lunchtime snack than a main meal anyway so it's no problem.
The noodles are thinner than those in normal pot noodles but the chicken and mushroom flavour is still the same.
You just add boiling water to the block of noodles and hey presto after a few minutes nuking in the microwave are ready to go. I found the sauce to be quite watery but just adding a little less water improves this.
So pot noodle fans go on and give them a try!
I am absolutely in love with chicken and mushroom Pot Noodles so when I saw NEW chicken and mushroom 'Wot? Not in a Pot Noodle' in the shops, I just had to try it.
There are 3 other flavours to choose from (but which I have not tried) - beef and tomato, southern fried chicken and sweet and sour.
The chicken and mushroom 'Not in a Pot Noodle' is packed in a green, foil packet. It has the same size and shape as Super Noodles. Each packet is 63g.
There is a green, foil sachet inside the pack which holds the chicken and mushroom flavour.
Once the noodles have been removed from the packet they are ready to cook. The noodles are packed tightly and are stuck together to form a block. They appear a pale, beigy colour and are very dry.
The chicken and mushroom flavour powder is a bright yellow colour.
Once the noodles have been cooked they look completely different - they are limp, soft, stringy and a yellow colour. Not very attractive raw or cooked!
HOW TO COOK
You can cook the noodles on the hob or in the microwave - I personally cook mine on the hob and haven't tried cooking them by microwave yet (they take about 5 minutes to cook in the microwave).
You need to boil half a pint of water in a pan, break up the noodles and put them in the water. You then need to break open the sachet and add the flavouring. The temperature then needs to be turned down slightly and the noodles can be left to soak in the flavouring and cook.
The noodles take around 5-10 minutes to cook. You should give them a couple of minutes before serving as they are very hot and take a little while to cool down.
I'm not going to lie - they don't taste anything like chicken (well I've been vegetarian for so long that I don't remember what chicken tastes like but I'm quite sure it's not like these noodles!) or mushroom for that matter.
They don't taste identical to Pot Noodle but definitely have that hint of unmistakable Pot Noodle.
I don't really have any words to describe the taste but it is very tasty and quite tangy. There is quite an after taste too.
Although it is called 'chicken and mushroom' it doesn't actually contain any chicken and is suitable for vegetarians. It also contains no artificial colouring.
The ingredients consists of:
Noodles: [Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil with Antioxidants (Gamma-Tocopherol, Delta-Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palminate), Potato Starch, Salt, Firming Agents (Sodium Carbonate, Potassium Carbonate)], Seasoning: Water, Flavourings (contain Wheat, Milk), Potassium Chloride, Maltodextrin (from Maize), Flavour Enhancers (Monosodium Glutamate, Sodium-5-Ribonucleotide), Sugar, Skimmed Milk Powder, Onion Powder, Yeast Extract, Salt, Colour (Curcumin), Ground Sage, Vegetable Oil, Citric Acid.
I buy my 'Wot? Not in a Pot Noodle's in Tesco, they are situated inbetween the Pot Noodles and Super Noodles (which ironically is how I would describe them).
I haven't yet seen them in any other shops or supermarkets, except for Sainsburys.
Each pack costs just 38p at Tesco and Sainsburys - Tesco also sometimes have 3 for £1 deals on. Very cheap indeed, which means they should be a big hit amoungst students and those who aren't made of money!
Overall I really like these noodles and have had them on more than a few occassions, however in my opinion they aren't as nice as Pot Noodles.
I personally prefer the noodles in a Pot Noodle, as the 'Not in a Pot Noodle's are a lot thinner and not as appealing (just like Super Noodles). I also miss the fact there are no sweetcorn or soya pieces to chew on. There is no soy sauce sachet included either - although if you have some in the cupboard you can throw some in (I don't). Chicken and mushroom 'Not in a Pot Noodle' could also come across quite bland compared to chicken and mushroom Pot Noodle.
On the upside 'Not in a Pot Noodle' is probably the best tasting noodle in a packet that I've tried and actually does have the unmistakable flavour of chicken and mushroom Pot Noodle to it. It is cheap, quick and easy to make and is very handy to have in the cupboard in times of an emergency.
You can eat 'Not in a Pot Noodle' as a main meal, part of a meal or just as a snack. The recommended serving size is half a pack but I usually eat the whole lot instead of a meal. I suppose the reason behind each serving being just half a pack is that each serving contains 137 calories (6.3g of fat) - that's a whopping 274 calories (12.6g of fat) per pack! Not really one for the health concious then.
I usually find that one pack of 'Not in a Pot Noodle' fills me up nicely for a few hours.
The packaging and advertising is primarily aimed at the younger generation and in my experience I've noticed that older people generally hate Pot Noodles and anything associated with Pot Noodles so 'Not in a Pot Noodle' probably won't appeal to them.
It's not something I'm likely to serve up at a dinner party (not that I'm likely to ever take part in any dinner parties!) or to friends, but it's something I am more than happy to eat by myself or with the family.
If you like chicken and mushroom Pot Noodle then I definitely recommend trying chicken and mushroom 'Wot? Not in a Pot Noodle' - it's not as tasty as a Pot Noodle but is still very good.
I regularly buy packets of 'Bachelor's super noodles' as I find they make a quick and easy snack from time to time, plus my other half loves them and eats them quite often.
A friend had recently recommended the "Wot? Not in a Pot Noodles" to me, after trying them herself and loving them. So much so that she actually gave me a package of the noodles when I visited her recently, insisting that I tried them.
That time came last night, as my partner and I took a bit of a notion for noodles and remembering that these ones were in the cupboard, I suggested that we try them instead of our usual brand. The 'Wot? Not in a Pot Noodles' in question were the 'Chicken and Mushroom' variety, although I do believe there are other varieties available such as 'Sweet and Sour' flavour.
Boiling the kettle, I opened up the noodles and removed them from the green-coloured packet (exactly as it is shown at the top of the Dooyoo page) and plonked them into a little pot of water. The instructions on the reverse of the packaging inform me that I should measure the water out, but as I make noodles quite often I have the art of cooking them down to a fine art, and can usually judge the water myself, without needing to measure it!
When I first opened the package, I was instantly impressed by two things: Firstly, the look of the noodles was that they were really quite small and quite fine, which is my personal preference. Secondly, the sachet of 'flavouring' that is contained within the package is quite generously sized, which makes a nice change as it is definitely bigger than flavouring sachets contained in supermarket-own branded noodles and the like.
Once the noodles were soft, which really only took a couple of minutes (another bonus) I added the sachet of flavouring as instructed to do so on the packaging.
I was quite surprised at the colour of the flavouring, which seemed to resemble curry powder or something similar - it was bright yellow! The smell coming from the noodles as soon as I had added the flavouring was indeed very appetising and I did find that the flavouring was absorbed into the noodles quite easily and quickly. Again, this is not always the case with other brands.
After serving the noodles onto our plates, my partner and I settled down to sample these and I did find that the smell was really making my mouth water by this point. Not only that, but the look of the noodles was just right - soft looking and golden-coloured, they looked very appetising indeed!
Tucking in (rather greedily) I was aware instantly that the chicken flavouring was quite strong, although I didn't find it to be over-powering. I did find that there was quite a contrast between the amount of flavouring in these noodles and cheaper brands which seem to skimp on the flavouring a little!
The texture of the noodles was just as I had suspected - nice and light, and without any 'hard bits' or anything. The noodles were lovely and soft and just exactly as they should be really!
The flavouring of the noodles, whilst being quite tasty, was a little disappointing in that I didn't really think it was anything new. I found that these 'Wot? Not in a Pot' noodles tasted exactly the same as other brands of chicken-flavoured noodles, and I didn't detect any hint of the 'mushroom' aspect of the flavouring at all. This was a disappointment to me if I am being honest. I did have the impression that these noodles were going to taste like a pot noodle without being served in a pot, and given the name of the product I don't think I am wrong in making this assumption. The taste didn't live up to the name at all, and for all the flavouring was stronger than cheaper brands, I didn't find that bore any relation to a pot noodle at all.
For this reason, I probably wouldn't choose to buy these noodles over any other brand unless they were on special offer or something. For the most part they were fairly enjoyable, but I didn't find that they were anything spectacular or different, and therefore I am only going to award them three stars out of five.
The nutritional information on the back of the (foil lined) packaging informs me that 100g of the noodles will provide me with 79 calories and 3.6g of fat.
There is also information stating 'None of that Artificial Colours Stuff' which is surprising given the colour of the flavouring sachet! I did notice that Monosodium Glutamate is contained in the ingredients list, so this may put some buyers off.
These noodles are readily available from all good supermarkets and grocery stores etc, and will cost you around the 75p mark for a packet.
All in all, I would not rave about these the way my friends have - I don't really see what all the fuss is about, although they were a tasty enough snack at the time. Nothing special though, and certainly not a five-star product by any means! :-o
I have eaten quite a bit of instant noodles in my life time. Unfortunately, this pack of noodles is only average.
I love my noodles springy. Bouncy even so that gives a really good texture to chew on. The noodles were quite limp after I cooked it. I took it out of the hot water to drain it off, and then run it under cold water to ensure that it would go springy. (Most noodles do have that springiness after I do that. This one did not).
Unwilling to write it off, I decided to give it another go, this time, eating it with the packet of flavoring. Usually I try to remove the flavoring in instant noodles because they do contain a lot of MSG. I had the Sweet and sour version, bright attractive blue packaging. It was really weird to eat without draining the noodles. The instructions did not mention draining the noodles and adding flavoring after so I assume that it was meant to be thrown into the water. It was like having sweet and sour pork thrown into a dish of water.
The packaging is attractive. The noodles are slightly sub par for instant noodles though in comparison with some of the other brands that I have eaten. They are actually similar to Sainsbury basics instant noodles, going at 8 p in comparison to the 38 p I paid for this.
I would eat this if I was really hungry since hunger makes everything taste better but not if I had other choices.
Instant noodles in a bag (as opposed to a bucket) - yum.