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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Unilever Pot Noodle, new "50% less salt" flavours Confirmed sighting: Unilever Pot Noodle, new "50% less salt" flavours
Posted: 20:24 Thu 13-Sep-2007. Price: 3 for £2. Location: Tesco, Drum Brae, Edinburgh. Sub-flavours: Chicken Satay; Lamb Hot Pot; Tikka Masala. Nutritional unusualness: Now down to about 1.5g salt (or less) per pot, all varieties still suitable for vegetarians.
Undaunted by negative reactions to the lower-sodium versions of existing flavours, "Phill" reports: "Found these whilst shopping for the 'ingredients' needed for Long Island Iced Tea. I always like trying new Pot Noodle flavours, so these new ones caught my eye easily."

...Sadly, "Phill" didn't say which went best with his cocktail, so the question remains: what if you tried to eat them *without* a strong drink to take the taste away? If you ask me, Tikka Masala is the most traditionally Pot-Noodle-like of the trio (despite including a sachet of "sweet mango chutney"), Chicken Satay is convincingly nutty (and comes with additional chilli sauce), but Lamb Hotpot is perhaps the most "Shouldn't Work, But It Does" surprising, complete with its very own sachet of mint sauce.

Anyway, in other heatable eatables: the makers of Rustlers microwavable sandwiches are targeting "women aged 25 to 35" with their UGO's Deli Cafe Paninis (in Chargrilled Chicken with Mozzarella Cheese and Pesto, or Bacon, Cheese and Mustard Mayonnaise, £2.29); and Heinz aren't being left behind, launching microwaveable Snap Pots (of Hoops or Beanz) for the "light meal occasion", and cans of Beanz with Balls, Big Saucy Bangers or Red Hot Balls for more substantial situations.


Posted: 12:20 Fri 14-Sep-2007 by "Phill"
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Comment: Unfortunately I had had a drink or two to many by the time I submitted the sighting. I've since only tried the Tikka Masala and its a bit weak IMO. It tastes like someone's just dumped some weak curry powder into a flavourless pot of noodles. I know some people will probably think that anyway, but out of the ones I've tried over the years itís by far the worst one.
Posted: 22:47 Fri 14-Sep-2007 by "Herbert" # permalink comment
Comment: Just had Galaxy Cookie Crumble (exclusive to Tesco so It said on the box).
Posted: 22:58 Fri 14-Sep-2007 by "Dafadilda" # permalink comment
Comment: I just add a bag of salt to everything as i love it when i feel like my blood is going to seep out from my eyes due to high blood pressure
Posted: 23:41 Fri 14-Sep-2007 by "smeg_head"
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Comment: Tried these a while ago and hugely disappointed by all three. If anything the Satay was too nutty, lamb hotpot too bland and the tikka best described as 'Meh'. Interestingly in the month since I tried these my local Tescos is labling all three as 'discontinued' (though Firey Hot Pepperamis had this label for a good 6 months before they vanished!)

I think I'll stick to the classic curry flavoured Pot Noodle.

Posted: 11:03 Sat 06-Oct-2007 by "MortimerCat" # permalink comment
Comment: I just had a "50% less salt" Pot Noodle. Its nice to see they still provide the sachet of Soy Sauce so you can put all the salt back.
Posted: 08:43 Sun 07-Oct-2007 by "SHREDDER1958" # permalink comment
Comment: I totaly agree....the new pot noodle is so bland I doubt if I'll buy them again. I used to love the spicy curry flavour one but it now tstes nothing like the original.
Posted: 12:30 Sat 13-Oct-2007 by "mE" # permalink comment
Comment: they should of got rid of the sweetcorn bits!
Posted: 14:56 Thu 01-Nov-2007 by "pissed off pot head" # permalink comment
Comment: Yuk what have they done! pot noodle is a shadow of it's former self. Bring back the true sordid snack.
Posted: 04:10 Sun 16-Dec-2007 by "Jimmy" # permalink comment
Comment: However much I try to get used to the new recipes, they're no comparison to the originals. Bland snacks aren't necessarily bad, but noodles shouldn't taste like textured paper! Please bring back the original flavours.
Posted: 15:40 Sun 16-Dec-2007 by "Nick T" # permalink comment
Comment: Had a 'new' Beef and Tomato yesterday, my first in ages, and I'm so glad this forum exists: I thought the nasty bland flavour was my changing taste buds! I won't be trying another.
Posted: 21:19 Tue 22-Jan-2008 by "Alex H" # permalink comment
Comment: Im extremely disappointed at Unilever's adaptation of what used to be a truly great, once-in-a-while flavour attack. Bring back the real pot noodle!!!
Posted: 14:26 Thu 24-Jan-2008 by "Not Poodle" # permalink comment
Comment: Disappointed to hear this. Are they keeping the original recipe alongside the low-salt ones or is this it now?
Posted: 17:35 Sat 26-Apr-2008 by "David Mackay"
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Comment: I'm pissed off, the mexican fajita flavour was dumped for this set of disgusting flavours?
Posted: 09:21 Tue 03-Jun-2008 by "Pot Bellied Noodle" # permalink comment
Comment: The only one worth it's weight in salt these days is the Bombay Bad Boy, and that is only because the chilli sauce removes the blandness. As soon as they re-release the Mexican Fajita with 50% less salt, I am going to pour 50% more salt in than usual and prey that it tastes the same as the original
Posted: 17:10 Fri 06-Jun-2008 by "Mcy" # permalink comment
Comment: Interesting that these lesser flavors have resulted in the price of an individual pot seemingly fixed in supermarkets at 86p. At in South Wales it has for the last 6 months. Are the noodle miners on strike?
Posted: 16:53 Thu 12-Jun-2008 by "Daniel " # permalink comment
Comment: They better release the fajita flavour pot noodle again or i'm going to have to round up some slave children to harvest the noodle goodness from my own mine.
Posted: 00:33 Sat 14-Jun-2008 by "Anony Mouse" # permalink comment
Comment: Just eaten a Chicken & Mushroom one for the first time in ages, I echo the sentiments above - bland, tasteless, a shadow of its former self, used to have so much flavour, wheres it all gone!??
Posted: 19:19 Sun 27-Jul-2008 by "Okachi" # permalink comment
Comment: Solution (well, kinda) for Chicken and Mushroom ones: add a third/half a chicken stock cube before 'cooking'. Tastes MUCH better then.
Posted: 22:00 Sun 31-Aug-2008 by "Pot noodle lover" # permalink comment
Comment: I think the sizzler waz the best and the tikka masala tastes like the curry.., sm flavours but different ingredients! i think..lol anyway i also luvvv the new southern fried chicken..!! yum!
Posted: 16:12 Mon 24-Nov-2008 by "CO2000" # permalink comment
Comment: I was going to say the Chicken Satay one was the most disgusting thing I have ever eaten but I didn't get that far !!!! Alarm bells went off soon after opening the lid & even more went off when the hot water was added.

I couldn't bring myself to even taste it so it got launched straight into the bin! - Thank god I had a sweet & sour back up in to work with me.

To round up I can't imagine anybody tucking into one of these, the smell is just plain wrong !


Posted: 19:50 Sun 30-Nov-2008 by "Poptastic" # permalink comment
Comment: I've never had a pot noodle... but if it says 50% less, then I assume that the price has also decreased to take into account the smaller portions! Haha
Posted: 15:28 Sat 06-Dec-2008 by "Wes"
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Comment: Personally, I used to love Pot Noodles, especially Chicken and Mushroom. Then I went through a phase of not having any and when I recently craved them, I discovered that now they had less salt in them. Not put off in any way, I proceeded to make it and discovered, to my horror, that the taste had COMPLETELY changed! PLEASE put the original amount of salt BACK into the Pot Noodle!
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