I’m back with another food post! I don’t really post often about food on this blog, but it’s definitely something I want to do more of! Today’s post is all about pot noodles, featuring the delicious Mr Lee’s Noodles and Kabuto Noodles.
Okay, so pot noodles aren’t exactly considered healthy, but they’re cheap, quick to cook and very tasty. They make the perfect fuss-free lunch for anyone who is in a bit of a hurry or just CBA to cook. I know the feeling. When I was at uni, it was very tempting to reach for the pot noodles, since I didn’t really want to spend ages preparing meals from scratch. Fortunately, in my last year of uni I came across Kabuto, a brand that specialises in healthy noodles. Yes, they really do exist.
Kabuto Noodles was founded in 2010 by Crispin Busk who wanted to create a brand of noodles that was as healthy and authentic as the noodles you find in a restaurant. His noodles incorporated Asian flavours while appealing to Western taste. What’s more, Kabuto Noodles contain no additives or preservatives, so you don’t have to feel as guilty about eating them as you would if they were cheaper pot noodles. I was very generously sent a selection of Kabuto Noodles, including the Chicken Ramen, Beef Pho, Chicken Pho (which is gluten free), Chilli Chicken Ramen, Chicken Laksa and Prawn Tom Yum. I’d previously tried the Chicken Ramen and I loved it, so I couldn’t wait to try the others. My favourite turned out to by the Chicken Laksa; it’s so creamy and fragrant.
Another healthy brand of noodles is Mr Lee’s. I discovered this quite recently, while browsing Instagram. These award-winning noodles are low in sugar, salt and calories, and they don’t contain any ‘nasties’. You’ll be pleased to hear that they’re gluten free too. Mr Lee’s Noodles are made with freeze-dried ingredients instead of dehydrated ingredients, so the flavours are much more noticeable. You can choose from the following:
a) Hong Kong Street Beef
b) Shaolin Monk Vegetables
c) Dragon Fire Mushroom
d) Penang Chicken Curry Laksa
e) Warrior Fighting Shrimp
f) Tai Chi Chicken
I’d recommend the Tai Chi Chicken; it’s delicious, and although it does contain ginger, it’s not too intense.
Now I know how boring it can be to have the same noodles all the time, so why not add some of your own ingredients? Here are some of ways to make your noodles a little more interesting:
1. Add veg.
At uni I tried to add veg to my noodles as much as possible. I usually used frozen veg since you can just throw them in the noodles and you don’t need to chop anything up. However, if I had more time, I’d use fresh veg, such as carrots and peppers. Other veg you can put in your noodles include sweetcorn, pak choi, peas, broccoli, bamboo shoots and bean sprouts.
2. Add an egg.
There are 3 ways of doing this. Firstly, you can either scramble an egg, drain the noodles (but keep some of the liquid for the sauce), and then combine in a wok. Or you could simply crack an egg directly into the pan and wait for it to turn into tiny ribbons. You could also boil an egg, chop it in half, and throw in your bowl of noodles.
3. Add meat / fish / other protein.
Beef, chicken and pork are perfect for pot noodles, especially if you can find pre-prepared slices. You could also throw in some prawns or fish balls, or even tofu if you’re a vegetarian.
4. Stir in some sauce.
E.g. Sriracha, teriyaki, peanut butter, sweet chilli sauce or soy sauce. I personally like to add sweet chilli sauce to my noodles as it goes with almost anything.
Do you ever have pot noodles? Do you add anything extra? Let me know!