I haven’t done a foodie post in a while, so I’m quite excited to be sharing this one. Before I went on holiday, I was in touch with the Marketing Exec. at Mr Lee’s Noodles, an award-winning gourmet noodle brand. I hadn’t heard of the brand before, but this one stood out to me for many reasons (which I’ll go into) and they’re also based in Bournemouth! Having lived there for a year, I’m very fond of that place and love to support smaller businesses that are in a place close to my heart.
As a vegetarian I’m always looking for new brands and foods to try. So I was pretty chuffed that they wanted to send me their vegetarian flavours to taste and review. Out of 6 flavours they have, two are Vegetarian (none are vegan as they contain honey).
They were kind enough to send me 6 pots! 3 of each veggie flavours. Of course I had to snap them up before I proceeded with the taste test. They came with some fancy chopsticks and a handy cloth bag to store one or two in.
Before I give you my verdict, I want to tell you a little bit more about the product and the brand. I’m all for supporting small businesses and am really on board with what they’re doing: the noodles are gluten free, contain nothing artificial and they also freeze dry the vegetables rather than de-hydrate them, not only to lock in the flavour but also to keep the goodness in. They are all under 250 calories and are low in salt, sugar and saturated fats. With lots of pot noodles on the shelves now I think they definitely stand out as a healthy and nutritious option, the ingredients speak for themselves (for one I can pronounce them all) and it’s simply all good stuff!
They have a very helpful nutrition guide on their website too, for those of you who’d like to find out more.
It’s difficult for me to choose which one I preferred, as the Dragon Fire Mushroom is super spicy, which I felt overwhelmed the other flavours, however it’s perfect if you like your noodles HOT, also if you’re trying to banish a cold, this would clear your sinuses for sure! The level of heat didn’t stop me from eating the whole pot though. I did really enjoy the Shaolin Monk Vegetables, it’s absolutely packed with vegetables, which you don’t really get in similar products. The noodles are a lovely texture and thickness (I think, they are called Udon noodles), they’re very hearty and filling. Which makes a nice change, as usually pot noodles never even touch the sides, making them more of a snack. But these would definitely suffice as a nutritious, quick and easy meal. Perfect for lunch time.
The Shaolin Monk Vegetables were also approved by my 3 year old, who gobbled up a toddler size bowl in minutes. Might I add that you get A LOT in the pot, again a huge bonus.
Overall a huge thumbs up from me and my son. It breaks the stereo-type of pot noodles and can be enjoyed abslutely guilt-free! If you’re looking for a healthy pot noodle alternative, I would definitely recommend Mr Lee’s Noodles. They can be purchase on their online store (click the link above) and via Amazon.
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