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When did I first try pot?
It is 1977, the space age is in full swing; Cliff Richard is pretending to date Sue Barker, by wearing Elton John's glasses. This was also the year 'Pot Noodle' originally called 'Cup Noodle;' was invented. A load of dried up noodles with an offering of hard peas and some yellow powder sprinkled on, the concoction seriously resembled a space experiment gone wrong. At the same time TV show 'Tomorrows World,' graced prime-time viewing on Thursday evenings claiming by 1990 we all will be eating powdered nutrients for our standard dietary requirements, just as the brave astronauts do; and with that snippet of information, a grainy film capturing a spaceman waving and doing seven somersaults without any hands, created gasps of awe from a gullible lad wanting to eat powder for his stable diet. I wasn't alone; my own peers were first at the shopping tills clutching powder food. These were before the day of E numbers, additives, and codes for chemical formulas, so I thought. Virginia Wade had just won Wimbledon, for the Queen's Silver Jubilee year, it was all planned. 'Cup Noodle,' 'Virginia winning Wimbledon,' 'Queen's Silver Jubilee.' Life was sorted, all planned out. Charles Darwin took many years to come up with our evolution process, I had seen one episode of Tomorrows World, and a Brit winning Wimbledon, and I thought I knew it all, the answer my friends: eatable dried stuff and powder. I couldn't wait to dig in.
After a minute spitting out the small ringlets of noodle and systematically yelling "Yuuukk!" whenever I could draw breathe. My theory for superhuman abilities was binned, so was the rest of the 'Cup Noodle.' A couple of years later, the Japanese dried noodle pioneer changed the name to 'pot.' Now that would make all the difference; the same product but in a pot. That didn't kid me, once bitten twice shy, and a burning question of why would anyone produce food tasting as if it came from a fresh cat litter tray?
Doner hits the vocal cords big time - she is hot - just like the summer
The concept of adding 'hot water' didn't come till much later. 'Pot Noodle' was never on the shopping list; when it did, during a quick dash around tin can alleyway looking for quick and easy meals, practically for next to nothing, 'Pot Noodle Doner Kebab' fit the bill. By that time I could read the instructions properly and knew 'hot water' was essential. While peeling off the foil that unlocked a strong kebab van scent it took me back to when I was slightly inebriated, queuing up for a tart who claimed to be hungry, holding girlie handbags, while she licks the face off a lad with a kebab.
Inside the container was a block of noodles, with dried up mini vegetables, soya bits and yellow dust. Noodles were tightly joined together holding on for dear life, looking like a 'cubed car' ready to be recycled. I spotted a sachet of hot chili sauce, that was suppose to be added after all the rigmarole of boiling water pouring it into the pot to the suggested level imprinted on the container, leaving it for several minutes and then stir and leave again for a couple of minutes, to which time you're allowed to empty the contents of the sachet to the temperature you are accustomed to - it was like preparing a baby bottle of formula milk, all to the correct temperature, except for squirting the milk onto the wrist. 'Pot Noodle' refrained from testing the heat of the gourmet meal in such a manner and simply said for best results leave for two to three minutes before consumption. You can see that a 'time obsessed' Japanese scientist had created the instruction list. What happens if I leave it for five minutes instead? Does a noodle crawl out of the container and sing to me like a 'Maddoner' or a 'Doner Summer' doing karaoke?
Doner you're hot, hot, hot - but can't taste yer kebabs - thats not good honey!
Heat from the chili sauce, masked any flavour of kebab, Soya, or vegetables, several chives found their way out of the cocktail of ingredients rather than clinging to the side of the pot as if wearing Velcro. Doner the Turkish sheep didn't make an appearance; then again I not sure where in the world 'Pot Noodle' would gather their sheep and put them in the 'hot pot.' (Excuse the pun) - Remarkably, it does state it is suitable for vegetarians. So, lambs or an elderly croaky sheep may have been spared, I beg to differ, the mad Japanese pioneer most certainly couldn't resist throwing in some livestock into a pot at some stage, of course no where near the dried up noodle concept at the end. His eye sparkles serendipitously, till this day. He may have been in the same queue I was in smelling 'Doner Kebab,' and had a Eureka, moment!
The non 'Doner Kebab Pot Noodle' would disappoint real meat lovers. It gives the impression you've had a kebab, without the joys of eating juicy bacteria oozing of fat. Instead the laboratory powder creators mask, and dupe their faithful consumers by adding variations of flavour to a basic steadfast formula. And then, they have the outlandish nerve to claim 'Doner Kebab flavour, Pot Noodle' is suitable for vegetarians. That's like saying a Pint of Speckled Hen is suitable for alcoholics. On reflection I really wanted a bit of Doner, I was left disappointed and malnourished.
Thank you for reading.
Ok so most of us have, at some time in our lives had a doner kebab or at the very least, thought about having one. So it was only a matter of time before the people at pot noodle decided to spring the Doner Kebab Flavour Pot noodle on the culinary world.
Is the noodle world really in need of another quirky flavour, well perhaps it is, but I am not so certain that this was it. In true M&S style, this isn't just any old pot noodle either. Proclaimed brightly in full fake neon stylee, the pack tells us this is 'Tonys Doner Kebab' pot noodle!
Ok so it comes in a pot and its a quick way to fill up on a warm snack and we have all at some time indulged our selves with a pot noodle or two. But this one is really not one of the best.
After all, a doner kebab brings to mind a steaming hot pitta bread, filled to bursting with doner meat, salad and hot chilli sauce after a late night out, often eaten on the way home, if you can find it. In so many ways the doner flavour noodles didn't have too much to live up to and yet in many other ways they should have been better.
The pot noodle contains a lamb kebab flavour sauce, topped with a sachet of chilli and eaten over some dried noodles. Was it any good, well I didn't think so, but there may be a market for it. After all they would be perfect out side pubs and clubs, in those dispensing machines that produce the pot and add the hot water. A quicker and cheaper way of servicing those just left the pub cravings.
As pot noodles goes the taste and texture was in many ways to be expected, but I can think of other pot noodles that taste better. The curry pot and the chow mein pot to name but two. Would I buy this again? All I can say is, sorry doner kebab noodles but you just didn't cut the mustard, the gimic was great, the taste a little lacking.
Doner Kebab / Pot Noodle Hybrid? Surely, this must be the ultimate foodstuff!?
I was eager to try this flavour of Pot Noodle out when it was first advertised. After all, as a bit of a Pot Noodle fan, it sounds fantastic. Doner kebab + Pot Noodle, had to be a winner for the title of ultimate junk food.
Finally, I hunted one of these things down.
Upon lifting the lid, there was a familiar aroma of lamb - not so much of Doner kebab, but somewhat fatty lamb meat. (Have you ever known a Pot Noodle to be representative of what it's supposed to be?)
There's also a sachet of hot chilli sauce, as found in the Bombay Bad Boy Pot Noodle flavour.
I wanted to try this flavour without the hot sauce, just to see what it really did taste like.
I poured on some boiling water and inhaled the aroma...
The first impression was the smell of sweaty meat. OK, it could have been a Doner kebab, but it smelt more last weeks Doner, found behind the settee..!
I let the Pot Noodle brew for the usual five minutes or so before sampling.
The first (and only) impression was of the usually insipid noodle flavour with a sort of lamb-flavoured sauce. The aroma was a little more like a Doner when eating the noodles, but it didn't live up to whatever expectation I'd already built up.
Time to add the hot sauce, then.
To be honest, once the sachet of hot sauce had been mixed in, it wasn't all that much better apart from the hot spiciness helping to disguise the uninspiring lamb flavour.
I managed to chomp my way through the pot, but was left with the feeling that it wasn't a flavour that I enjoyed enough to try again.
Unfortunately, I had another pot of this flavour lurking in the cupboard which I'd bought at the same time. Pushed to grab something for lunch one day, I was left with the prospect of eating the remaining Doner flavour Pot Noodle.
Second time around (with the hot sauce added from the outset), it didn't seem quite as unappealing. But, it still wasn't anything like I'd been hoping for from this flavour of Pot Noodle.
I know they aren't exactly healthy for you, but I do like the odd Pot Noodle. I had to try this one, as I also like the odd Doner Kebab. There's just something about a nice pile of Kebab Meat with Chilli Sauce.
These haevn't been out that long, probably only about 6 months. Asda was doing a deal where you got 2 Pot Noodles for £1, or 92p each.
These are just really handy, as i'm sure you will know that all you do is add hot water to these and there is a hot instant snack. Since you just put the water into the tub, then you don't have to fuss about with bowls or that, Just stick a fork into this and away you go.
The tub looks ok with it being all black with blue and pink writing on it. The foil lid on the top is easy to peel back.
This is just a slab of dried Noodles all stuck together. Once you add the hot water to the fill line the Noodles break apart pretty quickly. I would say it only takes 2-3 minutes for the Noodles to be nice and soft, but even when they have a bit crunch to them it is quite nice.
Not exactly Doner Kebab tasting. You can taste the slight spicy Lamb taste with some Chilli Sauce and Onion taste mixed in as well. The little Sauce sachet seems to be the Chilli Sauce and that mixes in just nice. It is nice for what it is, but a real Doner is a lot tastier - understandably.
These have about 440 calories and quite a of fat per 90g serving.
One of the best Pot Noodles in my view.
There is something strange about pot noodles . I don't like them, but for some reason I feel the need to keep at least one pot noodle in the cupboard for food emergencies . Half the time, I don't even eat the bloody thing, but give it away at my daughters harvest festival - one I DID choose to eat was the Doner Kebab flavour, which comes in a black 90g pot with a pull off lid made of foil.
The front of the pack is decorated with neon lights, proclaiming this to be ' Tony's Pot Noodle Doner Kebab Flavour ' , with the advice that I can either eat in or takeaway just below . I think the neon lights are meant ot make it look like a takeaway shop, but in all honesty I think this packaging idea falls a little flat .
Making this is easy - fill to the clearly marked line with hot water, leave for two minutes, stir, and then leave for two more minutes . Then, it is ready to eat .
How did I find this when I ate it ? Well, the noodles were yellow, flufffy, and quite wheaty, but I can't say the taste reminded me particularly of a doner kebab . It certainly tasted greasy, but I really would have been hard placed to name the meat had I not known what the product was based on . The sauce was a nice brown colour, with visible chunks of pepper and onion , and there was a sachet of chilli sauce to pour over the whole thing .
I just found the whole affair rather flat with not a lot of taste . My consolation was it only cost me 90p in the corner shop. It isn;t good for me though, per pot there are 382 calories and 14.1g of fat . I don't feel a pot is sufficient to count as a full meal, so I will be deducting points for a stupidly high calorie count . I'll also be deducting one for the fact that althouth this was edible, I can't say it really had a flavour I could match up to a kebeb .
A distinctly average 3 stars .
I love pot noodles and today after the gym I was starving but feeling lazy so I ran into my local Nisa store and saw a huge variety of flavours of these and saw this one I'd never seen before. Loving Doner Kebabs I decided this was really worth a try so purchased it.
Black 90g pot with a foil pull off lid to the top of it. On the front of the pot I'm told it is Tony's Pot Noodle Doner Kebab Flavour and I'm told to 'Eat in or takeaway' and to the side of it I'm given an at a glance nutritional chart. Other information on the pot tells me a bit about the product, ingredients are listed, there is a full nutritional chart shown, I'm told how to make it up and contact details for Unilever are given (the manufacturers of this product). On the lid again I'm told what it is and the best before date is stamped on there and I'm told that the product contains no artificial colours of flavours. It's a nice pot, looks a bit retro and is informative and very much in keeping with the pot noodle image.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information On The Pot:
Noodles in a lamb kebab flavour sauce with soya pieces, vegetables and a little sachet of hot chilli sauce. (This product is suitable for Vegetarians).
Well peel back the lid you get greeted with a little sachet of sauce and under that beige coloured noodles which is in a hard block with lots of yellow powdered colouring all over it and speckled of green herbs (chives). To make this up is easy. Add boiling water to the fill level which is pointed out on the pot and leave it for 2 minutes. Then go back, stir and leave for another 2 minutes. Then add the sachet of sauce and give it a stir and your good to go!
I found this to be a really yummy new addition to this range and I was completely bowled over by it! I loved it! The noodles were a yellow colour, plumped up and not too thick or long and in the time I gave it to heat through they really did plump up nicely and remain with a little bite to them. The sauce in this was a light brownish colour, reasonably thick, well seasoned and really meaty. There were little pieces of red pepper in there along with some onion slithers and texturized soya pieces and yep, the sauce tasted like lamb kebab. I can't fault it, I really can't. The chilli sauce was hot, again like the chilli sauce offered when having a kebab and all round this just really was fabulous being really tangy and juicy tasting. No meat and tasting like kebab. It's a bizarre claim...try it for yourself NOW!
Nutritional Information Per Pot:
My fave meal from the chippy is kebab meat and chips with sweet chilli sauce so when I was in Sainsburys at lunchtime and saw they were selling the new Doner Kebab Pot Noodle I decided to buy one to try because even though I don't like Pot Noodle that much I thought I would like the flavour of this one.
The pot is a bit trendier than other varieties and is black with Doner Kebab written in flouresent lights like you see outside the kebab places in town on a night out.
You make it like any other Pot Noodle by adding boiling water to the noodles and then stirring, waiting and stirring again. While the water is soaking into the dry noodles you get quite a strong smell of doner kebab but it smells dead powdery and I wasn't sure if I was going to like it.
It tastes like a lamb kebab and I was suprised at how much it tastes like proper kebab meat. The soya pieces taste of lamb and the noodles are nice and spicy but not so much that it makes your mouth burn when you're eating.
The little sachet of sauce that comes with the Pot Noodle is chilli sauce and on the pot they say it's a hot sauce but I don't think it is and it's definately milder than the sweet chilli sauce I get from the chippy.
The Pot Noodle tastes loads meatier than other flavours and the top flavour is the spicy lamb taste. There are little bits of vegetables in there but they are just dried veg that has been brought back to life by the boiling water and they don't really taste like anything. I wish they'd not bother putting the veg in because it just feels weird and doesn't make the meal any better.
I'll get this again even though I'm not made on Pot Noodle because it reminds me of my fave kebab meat and chips.
I like the odd Pot Noodle. There is a few flavours out there, but I normally stuck to Beef and Tomato, or Curry. I saw on the end of an aisle that Asda was selling 2 for £1, and when I saw this Doner Kebab one, I just had to try it.
For those of you who don't know what a Pot Noodle is, it is dried Noodles in a plastic tub with a sachet of Sauce inside. A quick and easy snack. All you need is some boiling water and away we go. You add the water to the determined mark on the tub, leave fr about 3 minutes and the water will soak into the Noodles and soften them, then add the Sauce and you have something to eat.
You would think Noodles wouldn't be so bad for you, but these have about 440 calories and a high percentage of fat per 90g serving.
The packaging is alright. The tub is mainly black and the writing on it is quite bright. It is done in a Fast Food style writing, kinda neon lights way. There is a peel off foil lid, and you can just eat the Noodles straight from the tub.
So once this was all cooked, what did I think of it? It was great and I would have another. The scent when the Noodles were cooked was Doner like. It smelt like Lamb with a bit herb through it. The Sauce was Chilli Sauce and that added a nice Chilli Onion taste to it. I wouldn't say this was overly spicy, but it did have a bit kick to it.
A nice authentic Doner tasting snack.