Category Archives: Sainsbury’s

#1424: Sainsbury’s Curry Flavour Instant Noodles

Here’s one that Joe B. and Sarah B. sent me from Nottingham, UK – thanks! I think I’ve only got one more they sent – been fun doing these British varieties! Curry is a really popular British flavor. I’m calling it a British flavor, because there are so many interpretations of curry; the British make curry powders and cook with them – they’re usually less spicy and exotic than something you’d find in Southeast Asia. Anyways, I thought I’d make some chicken to go along with this and use some of the curry leaf that’s growing in my wife’s garden. What’s interesting is that curry leaf isn’t used in curry! It smells like curry powder though. Should be interesting! Let’s check it out.

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add seasoning sachet contents to 250ml water and bring to a boil. Break noodle block into 3 to 4 chunks and cook for 2-3 minutes. Enjoy!

The noodle block.

The seasoning powder sachet.

Has a peculiar scent.

There’s a little flower coming on the curry plant growing in my wife’s patio garden!

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Finished (click image to enlarge). Added chicken baked with curry leaf, garlic salt and Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Pepper. The noodles are of a familiar gauge and have an agreeable texture. The flavor doesn’t smack of curry though; it’s really kind of hard to explain exactly what it tastes like, but it’s definitely not curry I’ve ever tasted before. Not only that, the flavoring is rather bland. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code <01854688>.

The Vindaloovians ploy doesn’t work out on Red Dwarf.

#1315: Sainsbury’s Chicken Flavour Instant Noodles

Here’s one that Joe B. and Sarah B. sent me from Nottingham, UK – thanks! This is a common variety you would find at a store called Sainsbury’s. Sainsbury’s is a chain that can be found throughout England which sells pretty much everything by the looks of it. British varieties usually tend to be on the blander side, as is the way with a lot of food from over there, but sometimes they’re really good. Let’s see which end of the spectrum this one falls into.

Here’s the back of the packaging (click image to enlarge). Has a V for Vegan friendly on the front of the package. To prepare, add noodle block (broken into 3-4 pieces) and contents of sachet to 250ml of boiling water. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring often. Enjoy immediately.

Here’s the noodle block. Did pretty well for such a long trip!

The soup base sachet.

A medium-granular affair.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added chicken, corn, carrots and peas. The noodles have a bit of a crumble to them. They’re alright but a little off. The broth has a bland chicken flavor – bland, yes – but it does have a nice chicken flavor. The broth is almost non existent as is the way of most British instants – it’s either skint on broth or more of a gravy and this Sainsbury’s variant is no different. 2.75 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code <01854619>.

I haven’t seen any packaged noodles touting their support of sustainable palm oil (I believe these from Sainsbury’s are the first). Palm oil is used in lots of things, but often instant noodles. Palm oil production has a side effect of taking up valuable habitat for animal life as well as depletion of forests/jungles around the world. Here is a short presentation about sustainable palm oil by the World Wildlife Fund.

#1273: Sainsbury’s Basics Instant Noodles Chicken Curry Flavour

Here’s another one from Joe B. of Nottingham, England – thanks! Sainsbury’s is a chain of supermarkets in the UK that were founded in 1869. They make two lines on instant noodles – the basics and a more premium version. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the pack (click image to enlarge). Says it’s veggie and vegan friendly. To prepare, empty seasoning sachet into 200ml water and boil. Break up noodle block into 2 or 3 pieces and cook for 2 1/2 minutes.

The noodle block.

Seasoning base sachet.

Has an interesting scent that kind of makes me think of curry, but only kind of.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added hard boiled egg and baked chicken with garlic salt. The noodles are a little more crumbly than I usually prefer, but they’re not too bad. The flavor is not as bland as many British instants; in fact, it’s got a decent taste to it. Not exactly chicken curry, but honestly not too bad. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 628635401148053.

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A video Sainsbury’s sponsored showing people in the UK’s Christmases from 2012. Yeah, I know we just got done with Christmas, but it did seem interesting.

#1234: Sainsbury’s Barbecue Beef Flavour Instant Noodles

Being the four consecutive numbers that 1, 2, 3 and 4 are, I thought I’d try something a little weird today. This was sent to me by Joe B. of Nottingham, UK – thanks! Barbecue beef, eh? Let’s check it out!

The back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but check for yourself. To prepare, you can either microwave or cook on the hob (stovetop). I prefer the latter. Add seasoning to 250ml boiling water, and then break the block into 3 or 4 pieces and cook for 2-3 minutes.

The noodle block.

Seasoning sachet.

Has a very smoky scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sauteed beef mixed with a little Sweet Baby Ray’s Original barbecue sauce, sweet onion and bell pepper. The noodles aren’t too bad – pretty standard for Great Britain. Actually, a little better than what I’ve found; they’ve got a nice
texture. The flavoring is light and kind of like a salted smoky flavor. It’s definitely different. 2.75
out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code <01854633>.

Looks like your typical big grocery chain store.

#1185: Sainsbury’s Basics Instant Noodles Chicken Flavour

Here’s another one from Joe B. of Nottingham, England – thanks! Sainsbury’s is a chain of supermarkets in the UK that were founded in 1869. They make two lines on instant noodles – the basics and a more premium version. Let’s check it out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge).Has a logo proclaiming ‘vegetarian and vegan’ on the front.

The noodle block.

Here’s the soup base sachet.

The seasoning powder.

 

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken with Mexcene Seasoning, peas, carrots and sweet onion. The noodles are a little crumbly for my taste. They do have a nice chew after the crumble though. The broth is barely existent, however this is standard in UK instants. It has a decent chicken flavor. It’s also not as bland as most which I found enjoyable. 3.25 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code <01148046>.

Here’s a Sainsbury’s recipe for Thai Chicken using these noodles.