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Ah Pot Noodle. A great cornerstone of student life. A masterpiece of fast food noodle convenience. There is many a time in one's life when at 12 on a sunday morning, hungover and confused, you crawl out of bed and wander in a zombified state in the general direction of the kitchen. Upon finding kitchen you open the first cupboard you touch and lo and behold! There is more than likely to be one of those Pot Noodle things staring you in the face! You can't help it, it looks so attractive in its bright plastic pot, dreams of noodley goodness dancing through your head...screaming EAT ME! EAT ME! You only have to boil a kettle and pour on boiling water and I'll only take 3 minutes to cook! And then you can add soy sauce/tomato ketchup/spicy sauce/whatever from the cute little sachet inside then stir with a fork!!! GO ON!!! So you do what it says on the pot and for the next three minutes you cant wait to stick it with a fork and gobble it up. But unless you havent had one in a while or you're really in the mood for one, then prepare to be disappointed as half way or so through your Pot Noodle you realise that you really don't want to eat the rest, thus ending in you placing half-eaten Pot Noodle on a table and sadly watching it turn cold and congealed where it will stay for days until you get round to chucking it in the bin.
Now i used to be a Pot Noodle ADDICT, and this was BEFORE i started university, but since beginning the dolce vita a la student, i haven't touched a SINGLE Pot Noodle. No more does the thought of a chicken and mushroom or a chow mein pot noodle make me hunger for one. I would much rather make a nice cheese and onion toastie which, if you have a toastie machine, requires only slightly more effort than a pot noodle.
The FACT is that one of the reasons that Pot Noodle appeals to so many lazy/hungover people, besides the fact that they are extremely quick and easy to prepare (and often devoured in less time than it takes to prepare) and that everybody loves noodles (right?), the reason they are so addictive is that they contain a motherload of MONOSODIUM GLUTOMATE, which is the chemical responsible for making many people finding themselves still hungry/thirsty after drinking a pint of coca cola, or a McDonalds and other such branded foodstuffs. Which i suppose is okay as long as you don't mind feeling incredibly incredibly unhealthy immediately afterwards (not that students could care less about such trivial matters of health). So if you really couldn't care less about that and you just love the thought of a spanking lovely pot noodle too much, then here are my top 3 (in no particular order): 1. Chow Mein - its a classic, and makes you feel like you're having a chinese on the cheap (i'd rather go the full stretch of my wallet, personally) and you get a little sachet of soy sauce with it yum yum yum. But the annoying thing is, you get those stupid little bits of dried peas and carrot bits that taste nasty and you get stuck in your teeth so you spend ages leaning over the bin picking bits out with your fork. 2. Chicken and Mushroom - another classic. and so much tastier than the chow mein. The mushrooms dont actually taste like mushrooms, they taste like the foul little pieces of dry vacuum-packed 'mushroom' pieces that they are. But who cares? When the soy sauce is added, its all going on it that cheap flavoursome little chicken pot. 3. Sweet and Sour - tastes almost as good as the chow mein, but still contains those damned bits of dry, chewy carrot and peas. But you get sweet and sour sauce with it :P
You know whats actually good about Pot Noodle though? Those new Posh Noodles you can buy for like 30pence more! They're like, classy pot noodles or something! The noodles are thinner and not crunchy as the others often are, and theres no crappy pieces of dried carrot or peas or whatever that i hate. And they're the kind of pot noodle you actually savour. For those three minutes of eating anyway.
Anway, so Pot Noodle = bad but you think its good but actually you're WRONG. But we will make an exception for the occasional Posh Noodle. At the risk of seeming highly unstudentlike.