“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Chicken „
As I like Supernoodles and I'm trying to live on a smaller budget at the moment, I thought I'd give these Sainsbury's Instant Noodles a try (chicken curry flavour). At less than 20p a pack, why not? I won't go through all the cooking instructions as they're on the packet, but suffice to say, they take about three minutes to cook. ~The Appearance~ They're in a bright yellow packet which doesn't look massively appealing, although the picture on the packet does. Once opened, the dried noodles are quite scrawny-looking and not curry yellow as might be expected. They're also quite hard to break up, which is essential with these as, once cooked with the flavouring, they could easily stain clothes, and bit of the dried noodles fly everywhere (Even dogs don't like dried noodles!). ~The Cooked Product~ Once cooking, these smelled really nice, with a strong curry fragrance. They didn't, however, taste as strong. I liked this as I'm not a fan of hot spicy food, but if you're expecting a tandoori-type taste, don't bother with these. To eat, they were quite lacklustre. There were bits that appeared not to have sucked up enough water and bits that had sucked up more than their fair share. They weren't in any way gloopy or clumpy though, as I sometimes find that the leading brand can be. I didn't feel that there were enough noodles to keep me from feeling hungry until dinnertime, but then I'm greedy! I would need to eat something else alongside these for a main meal. ~Verdict~ These were okay. Not bad, not good. Nowhere near as nice as the leading brand and certainly the worst of the major supermarkets' own brands. I don't think I'll be getting them again, but for 20p they were okay.
I love noodles and I am a lover of food that are quick to whip up cos I'm not much of a chef to be totally honest with you! lol. I saw these priced at 25p a packet in Sainsbury's (exclusive to) and decided I must give them a go! The Packaging.... Bright yellow, plastic, oblong packet with a light brown square on the front and on that in yellow and white writing I'm told they are Sainsbury's Instant Noodles 'Ideal As A Snack Or Meal Accompaniment' and then there is a picture of some cooked noodles and under that I'm told they are Chicken Curry Flavour, then I am told they are suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans, I'm told they take 3 minutes to cook and the size is stated (which is 85g). On the back of the packet I'm given cooking instructions and given a recipe idea, Nutritional information is given as well as ingredients and allergy advice is also given and I'm told that 335g of cooked product will typically be produced from 85g (1 pack) of dry product, the best before date is clearly stamped on, contact details for Sainsbury's are given and finally there is a bar-code on there. Simple enough packet to look at, opens easily and does contain all the information you could possibly need to make an informed choice as to whether you want to purchase these or not. Within the packet you have a block of cream uncooked noodles that are in a big block and a small flat pack of silver foil flavouring. Cooking Instructions.... Microwave in a non-metallic bowl adding 250ml of boiling water and add the seasoning sachet breaking the noodles into three or four pieces and microwave for 3 minutes stirring once halfway through the process. Conventional Cooking.... Place 250ml (8fl oz) of boiling water into a saucepan, add the contents of the seasoning sachet and break the noodle block into three or four pieces and place into the seasoned boiling water. Bring back to the boil then simmer over a moderate heat for 2 1/2 minutes stirring frequently and serve immediately. My Opinion.... Well I cooked mine in the microwave and it was easy as anything to do so! I simply measured out the required amount of boiling water (out of the kettle) and shoved it over my broken noodles and then added the seasoning and blended it as well as possible with a quick stir. The raw noodles are cream in colour and of course dried and then the yellow seasoning actually was floating on the top with flecks of green in it. No real smell until cooking and if you look the noodles of course drink the liquid, double in size and you can smell the curry seasoning quite strongly but it does smell nice enough. What you end up with is glossy, light yellow and well cooked noodles (and plenty of them!). Really easy to cook and I was impressed that they only took 3 minutes to be cooked thoroughly and they smelt really nice of coriander, nutmeg, turmeric and fennel and a slight smell of chicken and garlic accompanied that. Taste wise these are really smooth in the mouth. No chicken is in here just flavouring and occasionally there is a tiny little crunch and that's orange, dried carrot which of course is no longer dried and is actually moist and gives a little texture to the proceedings. They taste nice enough. I would have guessed at curry flavour (if blindfolded or something lol) though not the chicken being in there (which it isn't of course). The curry seasoning isn't at all hot and it's well seasoned and for me makes me a decent portion of food in minutes with such ease and they don't cost much so economical they seriously are! They are not stodgy, gloopy or overcooked (providing of course you follow the cooking instructions to the letter of course!) and all in all I think they're a nice filling accompaniment to many foods as well as well snack. Quality wise they really are great! Nutritional Information....Per 1/2 Packet.... Energy: 329 Kcal Protein: 7.7g Carbohydrate: 46.8g of which is sugars: 0.8g Starch: 46.0g Fat: 12.2g of which is saturates: 6.5g mono-unsaturates: 4.7g Polyunsaturates: 1.0g Fibre: 1.3g Salt: 1.8g of which is Sodium: 0.7g Only available in Sainsbury's.