“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Ready Meals „
Tesco Value Bacon Flavour Instant Noodles
Description: Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Ready Meals
I used to be a little bit of a food snob and would usually buy the more expensive brands but have recently been converted to the supermarkets own ranges which offer savings to the consumer by spending less on fancy packaging and instead, using plain and functional wrappings.
Previously, I would walk past these ranges in the mistaken belief that chap and nasty packaging meant cheap and nasty products. In fact, many of the products that I have tried have been surprisingly good which has made me keen to try more. And let's face it, the packaging just gets thrown in the bin, so why spend extra on it!
On that basis, I picked up some of these instant noodles on my last trip to Tesco and decided to give them a try. I must confess to being a fan of Supernoodles, I know that they are hardly posh grub, but there is something about the smell and taste that I love and so these remain on my guilty pleasure list!
A pack of these noodles cost £0.09. No, that isn't a typing error, they really are that cheap! They come in a plain white plastic packet with red and blue writing.
To make the noodles, just add water to the dried noodles and also the flavour sachet then either heat in a pan or pop in the microwave for a couple of minutes.
The first thing that I noticed was that these didn't smell very appealing. The bacon smell was really artificial, so much so that I actually struggled to taste these as I was so put off. The taste isn't much better either, they have a horribly synthetic taste which can only be described as nasty!
Nutritional Info as follows (percentage of daily allowance):
Calories - 22%
Sugar - 3%
Fat - 23%
Saturates - 50%
Salt - 48%
So these are certainly not good for you either, that it a lot of saturated fat and a lot of salt for one small packet of noodles. I will definitely not be trying these again, in some cases, it is worth sticking to what you know, so my Supernoodles will be back on the shopping list!
I have a few things wehn I go into the supermarket that I try and just sneak in the basket, and hope nobody sees. Normally the value items I buy get 'accidentally' hidden under the other items, just incase you bump into a friend. Come on, we've all done it, right?
So when its comes to picking these off the shelf, its a bit of a double whammy. The unhealthiness combined with the cheapness...oh the shame!
But maybe Im wrong. Maybe I shouldnt be like that, and be proud to be buying Tesco value, afterall its what it tastes like that matters.
In the supermarket, they cost about 9p a packet, so you cant really expect much, considering other better known makes cost about 4 times this much. So do they taste horrible? Well no. Actually, they taste remarkably good, and even nicer knowing that they, in my opinion, taste nicer than the more expensive ones!
These instant noodles live up to their name, pretty much instant-all you need to do is place them in boiling water, microwave for 3 minutes, and they done. A quick, easy snack, that tastes good. And all for less than 10p! Where else are you going to get that good value for money?
The noodles themsleves are quite tasty, and the bacon flavour is just about right, without being too overpowing, or so weak that you cant taste it. It gives a nice hint of smoked bacon.
I tend to leave my noodles in for slightly longer than the packet suggests, otherwise there tends to be a bit too much juice with them for my taste.
So overall, I dont think you can go wrong with these!
I first tried these when my mum brought some home and I thought Id give them a go.
I boilded water in a pan and popped the noodles in. Once most of the water had dissolved I added the bacon flavoured powder and mixed until it looked ready enough to eat.
Upon my first impression was that these werent too bad... not bad at all! The noodles were not too soft and had a nice texture to them. They were pretty much just exactly like a leading brand that I usually eat in fact. I started to analyse the flavour of the noodles, which could have been better and a little stronger, but hey this was Tesco Value after all. What did I expect. I think the most expensive part of this product had to be the powdered flavour, which is why it was compromised. However, you do sometimes buy some products that taste rubbish and you can end up paying alot for it. So, I think this product has done quite well.
The noodles had a nice texture and the flavour was definitely edible. The packagaing of this product certainly does tie in with the rest of the Tesco Value products. Plain, does the job and you can not mistake it for anything else.
With regards to price, I think this product is currently on sale for about 9p and for this you really really can not complain! Ok, the product lacks a little flavour, but 9p!
I would totally buy this product and also recommend it to all you noodle lovers out there. You can try adding real bacon in order to get the flavours up, but of course this will be more money, but honestly I think this product is OK as it is!
Try it... you never know!
I'm a student, so naturally I don't have a lot of money to spend, even on necessary things like food. So, I tend to look for the cheapest meals I can find - and what better place to do so than Tesco?
One day I was in Tesco, buying dinner for myself, when I came across Tesco Value Bacon Flavour Instant Noodles. They have similar packaging to Batchelor's Supernoodles, just a bit plainer and with Tesco's branding.
Thinking that they would probably taste horrible, i went ahead and bought a few packets anyway, as they only cost 8p each!
At home, I made a couple of packets, which only took a few minutes and was very easy - all i had to do was boil a pan of water with the bacon flavouring (comes as powder in a small sachet), then place the dried noodles into the pan, and bring to the boil again until the water had all been soaked.
The meal was fantastic, considering it had only cost me a total of 16p!
The noodles themselves have a decent texture, not too hard, but not so soft that they go mushy. The flavour is really nice, although it leaves a really strong smell of bacon that other people don't tend to appreciate. Compared to Supernoodles, these aren't quite as good, but considering the price difference, that's not an issue at all.
These noodles were so good that I went back and bought 20 packets of them, and I always have a few packets hidden away somewhere, so I can make a quick snack whenever I'm hungry :)
Each pack contains the following percentages of your guideline daily amounts:
Calories - 22%
Sugar - 3%
Fat - 23%
Saturates - 50%
Salt - 48%
Tesco Value Bacon Flavour Instant Noodles are available to buy at tesco in store or online at tesco.com.
I am fan of very simple foods and can therefore usually eat quite cheaply, but there is always room for improvement! We bunged a couple of packs of these extra cheap noodles (10p at my store - though some people say that are 8p - maybe it varies??) in the trolley as well as our usual batchelors just to try to see if there was much difference.
When I opened the sealed keep-fresh pack I was greeted with what looks like pale poorly supernoodles. These noodles are really white and look ill. The block of noodles did seem a little more sparse than the supernoodles entwined. Anyway, the usual, heated the on hob in boiling water. time to add the flavouring. I opened the sachet and immediately though ... mmm bacon frazzles; that is just what the flavouring smells like to me. Quite a pleasant aroma. I shook the contents of the sachet onto the noodles and mixed it up for a minute or too, waiting for the noodles to soften a bit more. Ping! All ready......
On trying the noodles I would say that they are soft and flavoursome, not the best noodles out there and not as good as supernoodles but sill very nice indeed. They are very versatile. As a snack on their own I would probably need 2 packs. They would be good added to a meal as an accompaniament and aslo extra tasty with peas, sweetcorn, bit of bacon thrown in.
We will definitely get these again but I would not say it is a complete swap from our usual batchelors brand ... may be just get them when we are extra poor!
For some reason, Tesco Value always fascinates me. My mum never buys it, even when we're poor as doormice, so I always wanted to try it at any opportunity. So, being bored and hungry one day, I nipped to Tesco in search of a tasty quick snack that would leave me some change for an Iced Split at the Greggs next door (teehee.) And lo behold, 8 measly pence for noodles?! What an utter bargain! I can buy these as a substitute for Pot Noodles just by rummaging in my pocket for loose change! Wowee!
I decided to try both the bacon flavour and the chicken flavour, for under 20p. Still enough for that iced split!
I purchased my goods and went on my way home, eager to eat my cheapo lunch.
So, not being a noodle novice, I popped the bacon noodles in a pan, boiled le kettle, and did various pointless activities whilst waiting for the kettle to boil (why was it taking so long?! It must have known I was hungry.)
When it had boiled I poured in enough water to cover the noodles and turned on the hob. The noodles looked no different to standard Super Noodles (in the fact they were packed into a noodley square shape.) There just didn't seem to be that many in the square, and when putting them in the pan they seemed rather.... light.
When it had boiled I let out enough water so there was some left to mix in the bacon powder.
It smelt odd. Very artificial, kinda like bacon crisps, and it smelt quite.... sour.
Still I shook the whole lot in (not that there was alot in the little packet) and added salt, pepper and peas, as I always do.
I put them in my noodle bowl with chopsticks (yes, I try to make them seem posher than they are! :P) and eagerly sat down in the living room.
The taste was awful. So artificial, and I still don't know what the main flavour was. It was quite fake garlicky, the bacon was there, but it just tasted so strange. However, being a little piggy, I still ate them.
The iced split was very well received after that nasty suprise! :D I will stick to the proper 'uns in future.
I am on a real cost-saving mission of late and trying to save the pennies wherever I can. This is a real bargain product for just 10p and I had one of these packets as part of my dinner this evening.
The packet is very simple, it's a white plastic bag with the Tesco value logo (blue, white & red) and a picture of some noodles on a fork. It's very basic packaging but then I'd rather have a cheaper price and a basic looking product than pay a premium for something that looks nice in my trolley.
Once the packet is opened there is a block of noodles and a sachet of the bacon flavouring (value flavouring apparently - no surprise there). I put the noodles in to a bowl and just pour over some hot water, I then break up the noodles more with a fork as they begin to soften under the hot water. Once they have been soaking for around five minutes I drain off half the water and then open the sachet (had to cut it as there did not seem to be a tear indent anywhere?!) and then poured this over the noodles and gave it a good mix around, left it for a couple more minutes and then just drained away the rest of the noodles and served them on a plate along with my chinese ribs (yum!).
The bacon flavouring was very strong and I could certainly smell it once mixed with the noodles. The noodles themselves were not as soft as they would normally be but I think perhaps this is because I do not have a microwave oven to use at my sisters so had to make do. These were quite tasty and the noodles were lovely and soft, they were not in the league of Super Noodles but at this price I think that they were perfectly fine. I will be buying them again because they are so cheap. There are 435 calories and 16.4g fat per packet so these are fairly high in fat but as I ate them as part of my main meal and ate healthy throughout the rest of the day I don't feel too guilty really. I am rating them 4/5 as the price is cheap, the packaging is basic but effective in keeping them 'fresh', the flavouring is perfectly ample and does actually taste quite like bacon & the noodles were soft. I have knocked off one star as these are really just slightly better than average but are not in the league of other noodles (but then they are more expensive).