I tried all the supermarket microwave noodles


Noodles are a popular dish in the UK – and there is nothing better than noodles you can make at home in minutes.

Most of us have a pack of microwave noodles in our cupboard when we want a quick lunch or snack.


Linsey Hope tries six different types of noodles. Which was his favourite?

But with so many noodles to choose from, which one tastes best and offers the most value for money?

Our taste test revealed that the big brands don’t always pack the biggest punch, so you might consider going for supermarket labels instead, saving yourself some money in the process.

Lynsey Hope, 40, author and mother-of-three from West Malling, Kent, tried a few best-sellers and her favorite wasn’t the market leader most of us grab off the shelves without thinking.

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Here she reveals her favourites:

Sainsbury's Chicken Flavor Instant Noodles won our top spot


Sainsbury’s Chicken Flavor Instant Noodles won our top spotcredit: Gary Stone

Winner: Chicken Flavored Instant Noodles by Sainsbury’s

  • 35P, Sainsbury’s
  • Calories: 209
  • Fat: 9g
  • Cook Time: 4 1/2 minutes

Linsey says: “These noodles looked thinner than the rest but they tasted lovely and I found them quite over-ish. The kids ate them and we’ve bought a lot since then.

’35 For the money, these are a winner and better than the branded Super Noodles. Waited only four and a half minutes for their cooking. My best buy.”

  • Taste: 10/10
  • Price: 10/10
  • Appearance: 9/10
  • Total Score: 29/30
We have lost the pot for these noodles.  Tasty!


We have lost the pot for these noodles. Tasty!

Pot Noodle Roast Chicken Flavor Lost

  • 50p, asda
  • Calories: 209
  • Fat: 8.5g
  • Cooking Time: 5 Minutes

Linsey says: “I found these to have the best flavor. The noodles had more spice than the others and weren’t wet at all. The color looked attractive and they looked really delicious. I would buy again.

‘The only downside is the price as they are 15p higher than some of the brand versions we tried. Swap for Morrisons or Sainsbury’s and if you eat a packet a week, you’ll save £7.80 a year, and as food prices go up, that kind of savings goes up.”

  • Taste: 10/10
  • Value: 5/10
  • Appearance: 9/10
  • Total Score: 24/30
Maggie receives Star of Approval from Lynsey


Maggie receives Star of Approval from Lynsey

Aldi. Se Maggi Chicken Flavored Noodles

  • 30p, Aldi
  • Calories: 272
  • Fat: 10.4g
  • Cooking Time: 3 Minutes

Linsey says: “Great value noodles from Maggi and these did not disappoint. A lovely texture and the flavor of the chicken really comes through.

‘Has a slightly salty taste which I love but may not be for everyone. I love these as a quick lunch snack when I am busy working from home.”

  • Taste: 7/10
  • Price: 10/10
  • Appearance: 6/10
  • Total Score: 23/30
Easy to Make Noodles from Morrisons


Easy to Make Noodles from Morrisons

Morrisons Chicken Flavored Noodles

  • 35p, Morrison
  • Calories: 263
  • Fat: 11.6g
  • Cooking Time: 3 Minutes

Linsey says: “Less flavor than some others. If I’m being honest, I found them a little bland. They have more calories and are a lot higher in fat than other brands.

‘Though the texture was nice and you can’t complain about the price. The kids still loved them and were excited to see them served for dinner. Very easy to prepare and prepare in just three minutes.”

  • Taste: 4/10
  • Value: 8/10
  • Appearance: 8/10
  • Total Score: 20/30
Unfortunately the naked noodles didn't suit Linsey's tastes


Unfortunately the naked noodles didn’t suit Linsey’s tastes

Naked Japanese Style Chicken Yakisoba Noodles

  • £1, Tesco
  • Calories: 85
  • Fat: 0.45g
  • Cooking Time: 4 Minutes

Linsey says: “Upmarket noodles are now offered in most supermarkets. The flavor is quite strong and they look a lot darker and tangy than all the others. The packet encourages you to add meat and vegetables so you can add more of it.” You can cook meals, although you can boil them and eat them as a snack on their own.

‘While the taste was good, I didn’t think they were worth the extra cost. You can add meat and vegetables to another to enhance the taste – why pay more? The healthiest on offer though with only 9 grams of fat in the whole packet.”

  • Taste: 7/10
  • Value: 3/10
  • Appearance: 6/10
  • Total Score: 16/30
Unfortunately these noodles weren't super for Linsey and she placed last


Unfortunately these noodles weren’t super for Linsey and she placed last

super noodles chicken flavor

  • 55P, Lidley
  • Calories: 219
  • Fat: 9.4g
  • Cooking Time: 4 Minutes

Linsey says: “Once ripe, these had an unusual chemical color, which I stopped applying. They seemed to be fluorescent. Lots of flavor though and easy to prepare.

‘I found them a bit wet, so you might need to prepare with a little less water than recommended. If you are a fan of Super Noodles and nothing will do, then go to Lidl where you can buy them for 55 paise. Most other supermarkets were selling them for 60p.”

  • Taste: 5/10
  • Value: 4/10
  • Appearance: 2/10
  • Total Score: 11/30

*All calories and fat are in per 1/2 packet of noodles.

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