As a so-so cook who lacks much patience, I have always been honest about my addiction to instant noodles. Pour on the water, wrestle with the sachet of sauce which rarely adds any discernible flavour and hey presto instant lunch and, frequently instant calories.
That wait can seem endless, waiting for the rock hard sweetcorn pieces to reach a vaguely malleable condition, avoiding bullet like peas and remembering the heady days of the 80’s listening to Depeche Mode, Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran in my tiny room in Neuadd Martin hall of residence at Pill, a brisk walk away from Swansea University campus.
But now there is a healthier option instant noodle snack in a disposable paper cup with no sachet and actual recognisable vegetables.
Mr Lee’s Noodles is an award-winning Coeliac UK certified gluten-free, 100% tasty 0% nasty cup noodle brand based on the sunny shores of Bournemouth, easy to prepare, ready in three minutes, and very low in calories. Ideal for the busy parent, or a simple lunchtime meal for the time-poor office worker.
They make one of the world’s healthier, tastier instant noodles, free of Es, MSGs, saturated fats and added sugars. Their noodles vary between 202 & 237 calories and are full of tasty freeze-dried, nutritious meat and veg, rather than the normal dehydrated flavouring powder that is found in most instant noodles.
Mr Lee is Damien Lee who, when diagnosed with cancer, wanted to rid his body of all harmful substances and created the healthiest version of his favourite noodles possible. You can learn more about his story here.
We were sent 6 varieties to try and some cheerful chopsticks to go with them.
Peel off the lid, boil the kettle, add your water (the quantity depends on whether you like your noodles soupy or firm), wait for 3 minutes then stir and eat.
My favourite was the Coconut Chicken Laksa – fragrant chicken curry rice noodles with coconut, cauliflower, green beans and turmeric, whilst the hubby loved Hong Kong Street Beef -beef rice noodles with broccoli, orange blossom honey, ginger & Chinese 5 spice.
Both contains recognisable meat and vegetables and were tasty and filling – without the risk of staining anything yellow or squirting soy sauce in your eye.
There’s also Tai Chi Chicken (chicken broth rice noodles with broccoli, spinach, ginger & orange blossom honey), Dragon Fire Vegetables (hot & sour rice noodles with red miso, bamboo shoots, green beans, mushroom & tamari soy sauce. Vegan friendly), Zen Garden Vegetables (miso rice noodles with asparagus, green beans, spinach & ginger. Vegan friendly) and Warrior Fighting Shrimp (tom yum rice noodles with shrimp, coconut, galangal, bamboo shoots and lemongrass).
The low calorie count makes Mr Lee’s Noodles an ideal cupboard standby for when the munchies strike.