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Meet The Manufacturer: #1961: Kabuto Noodles Chicken Ramen

Yesterday, I reviewed a chilli chicken offering from Kabuto Noodles. Today, its just chicken ramen. I’m curious if it will just be a less spicy taste or something completely different (yesterday’s pot mentioned it having a lime element while this does not). Either way, sounds good to me. By the way – in the United Kingdom, they refer to noodle cups as noodle pots! Let’s go!

Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Contains chicken. To prepare, remove lid and add boiling water to fill line. Cover loosely and let sit 3-4 minutes. Stir well and let sit another minute. Stir and enjoy!

Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).

The noodle block.

Some of the included seasoning in the pot.

Finished (click to enlarge). Added leftover fried chicken meat, hard boiled egg and spring onion. The noodles are the standard Kabuto egg noodles – thin and a nice chew. The broth has a very homemade chicken flavor – it comes together more as a homestyle chicken noodle soup taste, but in a Japanese kind of presentation. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars.  EAN bar code 5060250610058.

Kabuto Noodles Chicken Ramen (85g) – Pack of 6

The Kabuto Noodles folks challenge eachother to different feats – this time it’s skydiving!

#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.

#1119: Ko-Lee Taste Sensation Instant Noodles Curry Flavour

Here’s one sent to me by Xavier over at Ko-Lee in the UK – thanks! These are made in Thailand for the UK market. Has directions for dry noodles as well as with soup – I’m going to prepare the latter. Let’s check this out!

Here’s the back of the package (click image to enlarge). Looks to be meat-free but have a look for yourself.

The noodle block.

A dual packet – left is chili powder, right is the soup base.

Soup base with the reddish chili powder on top.

An oil packet.

Says it contains rice bran oil, shallot and paprika oil.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added baked chicken with Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning, red bell pepper, a fried egg and some Vidalia sweet onion. The noodles steeped to a nice point after the 4 minutes – they’re plentiful, have a decent backbone and a slight crumble that was enjoyable. The broth has a nice curry flavor with a nice little kick of spiciness and a little extra oomph of heartiness from the oil. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 5023751105645.

I thought I’d go with some music today. This is quite possibly my favorite album out of the psychedelic 60’s. Most people think of The Wall and Dark Side Of The Moon when they think Pink Floyd, but I’m not really all that into the newer stuff. I think this one’s where it’s at.

#1102: Batchelors Super Noodles Mild Mexican Chilli Flavour

Here’s one my friend Martin in Devon, England sent me a little while back. Though it was a good day for something fusion – British and Mexican? Sure, why not.

The back of the packaging (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

I always find the packets from Britain are fascinating; they’re the only ones who use this little bit of real estate for something interesting. Nobody else really seems to do this.

The light powder has an odd scent.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added beef, red bell pepper and Vidalia sweet onion I sauteed and added a little Mexcene seasoning to. Also added some Mexican blend cheese, green onions, sour cream and Ashanti Louisiana hot sauce. The noodles are very standard instant – decent texture and quantity. The flavor is interesting – has a hint of spiciness and then an extremely mild commercial Mexican flavor. It’s really interesting as it’s so different from the normal Mexican flavors in the US. Combining the flavor with the standard ‘noodles and sauce’ approach the Brits take is kind of odd but interesting too. 3.0 out of 5.0 stars. UPC bar code 5000175413648.

The commercials out of Britain are always really great when it comes to their noodles!

#974: Pot Noodle Chilli Beef Flavour

Here’s another one of the great varieties sent by Joe & Gill of the UK – thanks again! Chilli Beef Pot Noodle. Looks interesting to me!

The side panels (click image to enlarge)

Powder and noodles. See, British instant noodle cups are different. Instead of a broth that is thin, it comes out more as a thick sauce or gravy.

It comes with a packet of chilli sauce – here’s the front and back.

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added broccoli, sweet onion, green bell pepper, fried egg and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are the standard broad and slightly crumbly and thick Pot Noodles. The flavor is a little funky – beef flavor is there. The sauce is impressive – I’ve had other varieties of ‘spicy’ Pot Noodle before and this stuff is very hot. Kind of acidic too. 2.25 out of 5.0 stars.  UPC bar code 8712566158386 .

Tastified Pot Noodle advertisement.

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#952: Pot Noodle Sweet & Spicy Flavour

Here’s another one from Joe & Gill of the UK! Thanks again! Sweet & spicy… I have had quite a few Pot Noodles and recently I had a sweet and sour variety. Curious how this one tastes. Well, let’s check it out!

Here’s the detail of the side panels (click image to enlarge).

Where are the noodles you say? Well, Pot Noodle is much different from what you would find here in the States. The noodles are underneath all of the powder, which is mostly wheat flour. The usual broth you would expect in a cup of noodles is more of a sauce or gravy here.

Pot noodles usually come with a single packet such as you see here (front and back). Make the noodles, add some sauce.

Finished (click image to enlarge. Added onions, stir-fry vegetables, light ham and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. The noodles are your standard Pot Noodle fare; broad and flat with a crumbliness and slight chew. The sauce has a nice taste to it – sweet with a very light spicy factor. The mango sauce has a nice taste – very sweet and a little tanginess. I liked this one – 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.UPC bar code 5000118203527

Pot Noodle has a contest – you can win a spinning fork! I really want to review one of these things so if anyone ever wants to make me really happy, send me one!

Yeah I wish we had stuff like this over here…

#939: Pot Noodle Sweet & Sour Flavour

Here’s the first of many reviews of instant noodles that were donated by Joe & Gill of the UK! Thank you again! It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a Pot Noodle. Generally they’re impossible to find in the United States – which surprises me since I think they’d do really well here. Anyways, Let’s check out the sweet and sourness!

Here are the side panels – click image to enlarge.

You’re probably wondering “what is that?” Well, a Pot Noodle is different from a Cup Noodle. The main difference is that instead of a broth is has more of a sauce. The large amount of powder is mainly wheat flour that will turn into the sauce.  Underneath lies the noodle block.

They usually include a little sauce p[acket that goes well with the motif of the cup. It sounds pretty good, too!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added sweet onion, turkey breast lunch meat and Urashima Sesame & Salt furikake. Wow – for something so downed on in Red Dwarf, this is pretty decent! The noodles are broad and flat with a slightly crumbly texture. The sauce is a thick sweet and sour kind of thing – has a nice taste to it. The little sauce packet was kind of odd – had an almost puckery acidity to it – not what I think many would think of when they think sweet and sour sauce like one would find in Chinese take-out. All in all an interesting melange of flavor. 3.75 out of 5.0 stars – possibly my favorite Pot Noodle thus far! UPC bar code 5000118203610 .

Pot Noodle commercials are always really funny

Someone made this video on cooking Pot Noodles…

#649: Pot Noodle Chicken & Mushroom Flavour

Well, this is the end of the line. A few months ago, Cindy C. from England sent a nice big box of instant noodles containing many kinds of Super Noodles and Pot Noodle and this is the last of the Pot Noodle! After this, there are two pouches I’ll review called ‘Mug Shots.’ Thanks again Cindy! This has been a lot of fun!

Here we have the side panels (click image to enlarge).

This is so different from anything we have in the states.

Comnes with a single seasoning packet of soy sauce to add.

Finished (click image to enlarge). I’ll say that of all the varieties I tried, this was the best hands down. It was a light flavor, but decently so. The noodles got nice and done in this one. They are flat and broad. The chicken mushroom flavor was decent. I liked it! 3.75 out of 5.0 stars! UPC barcode is 5000118203503 – get some here.

Pretty rad Pot Noodle commercial.

Another really weird Pot Noodle advert.

#611: Batchelors Super Noodles Low Fat Sweet Thai Chili Flavour

This is the last of the Super Noodles sent by Cindy C. of England. Thanks again!

So today is my wife and I’s second anniversary. No, not a wedding anniversary – we got married in July. This is our two year ‘Click-I-Versary.” You see, we met on an online dating website! Two years ago today she clicked a button on my profile and let me know she liked me. I did the same. The chatted online for a little bit and then called and talked to each other for many hours – the rest is history! I can honestly say I’ve never been happier in my life. Love you, Kitten!

Here’s the back of the packaging (click image to enlarge)…

The single, shiny packet…

The contents smelled really good!

As I said above, Kit & I were married in July. I made a great batch of hot sauce for wedding souvenirs!

The finished product (click image to enlarge). Added a two-egg omelet with Pup & Kit’s Burning Love hot sauce and a few dashes of Krazy Mixed Up Salt. It’s kind of a bummer; I thought I was saving the best for last but as far as this stuff went, the seasoning’s great odor ended there. The stuff was so bland! Weird. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars. The hot sauce filled omelet was good at least. I got a text from Kit on Christmas morning on 2009 asking if I would like to fly down to California to meet for the first time and spend New Year’s with her. Saying yes was the best decision I ever made. You can get the noodles here.

Saucy noodles eh? Wouldn’t kind trying it with some fish fingers!


#607: Pot Noodle Beef & Tomato Flavour

Here we go with another Pot Noodle sent by Cindy C. of England. Beef and tomato eh? Well, I’m very curious as to how this one will fare.

Click image to enlarge. Here’s some shots of the panels on the side. I thought it was interesting that on the bottom it says the values are based on “GDAs for women” – I wonder why. Sounds like the UK has a more specific food guide pyramid perhaps?

Here’s the underside of the lid. I like how it says ‘in store now’ instead of ‘in stores now.’

Wow look at that mound of wheat flour! Thick soupy sauce-like broth coming up!

Came with a packet of tomato sauce – here are both sides.

Didn’t like this one so much. (click image to enlarge). The noodles are flat and broad. The broth is very weird and the tomato sauce doesn’t help either. Kind of like if you took a half cup of already made Hamburder Helper, added extra water and a smallish squirt of ketchup and decreased the flavor by 60%. Disappointing. 1.5 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 5000118203497.

Pot Noodle advert.

Now if it just ran Android and you could make phone calls with it too.

#604: Batchelors Super Noodles Low Fat Chicken & Herb Flavour

This one came from Cindy C. of England! Thanks Cindy- if you have a picture of where you’ve stuck your stickers, send it along, please! This is the first of the low fat Super Noodles I’ll be trying – I think there’s one or two more.

That looks like a bit lower fat content than others. I think there are steamed – not fried noodles (click image to enlarge).

Here’s the block.

No cool little recipe here – kind of bummed about that.

The powder.  Fleck or two of some kind of miniscule vegetable.

Done (click image to enlarge). Added two scrambled eggs with Krazy Mixed Up Salt, some fried shallot and some Tabasco Buffalo Style Hot Sauce. The noodles aren’t bad; the lack of flavor however was. These noodles were just plain bland. Filling, yet bland. 2.0 out of 5.0 stars – disappointing. You can find this and other Batchelor Super Noodles (including the massively awesome BACON!!!) here. EAN bar code 5000175410685.

Super Noodles advertisement