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Instant noodles are pretty much a student food...except in times of credit crunch. I'd be prepared to bet sales have rocketed among ordinary people who are struggling to get by and looking for the cheapest foods. In fact, I'd buy shares in these noodles if I had any spare money.
So, it was poverty - and seeing Tesco value chicken noodles reviewed on Ciao recently - that inspired me to start buying instant noodles again. I haven't eaten them since my student days, a few years ago. Even then, I used to indulge in Bachelor's Supernoodles, at a whopping 40p per packet.
I have to say, I actually prefer these noodles, as the taste is less processed.
*Cooking - couldn't be easier, and very quick (5 mins from start to sitting down with a steaming bowl or plate). You can either cook them in the microwave, or in the pan. My preference is for the pan, and my technique, honed after many years of experience, is: boil water (I now know how much to use by instinct, but it tells you how much on the packet) and add noodles. Once the noodles have softened a little bit, break them up with your spoon and add flavouring. Stir pretty much continuously until the noodles are no longer a block but resemble noodles. Leave to simmer for a couple of minutes, stirring a few times. When they look done, they are. Serve.
Dregs can sometimes stick to the pan if you overcook them a tiny bit, but will come off quite easily if you soak the pan before washing up (or putting in the dishwasher if you have one).
*Taste - pretty good. They actually smell of real chicken when cooking, yes, really. They even taste something like chicken. They have a few little red and green veg bits in, too. They're less processed, salty and artificial generally than I expected, from my memories of Supernoodles. Seriously, you can't expect gourmet food but they do taste quite pleasant.
The portion size is perfect, too. Just enough for a light meal without being too much or leaving you hungry.
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