Friday, October 07, 2005

A Lesson Learned [Reprise]

Sainsbury's Instant NoodlesIn an attempt to restore my faith in cheap supermarket food I have again dipped into the well of instant noodle meals. Today is was the turn of "Sainsbury's Instant Noodles", again vegetable flavour and this time labelled suitable for vegetarians.

Now these noodles are half the price of the "Ko-Lee instant noodles", and critically contain no E-numbers in the list of ingredients!

The list of ingredients do contain some new items, Yeast Extract, Tumeric Powder, Onion Powder, Celery Powder, etc. They all are naturally produced items, which I recognise so I think that it is probably safe for human consumption.

Now to the nitty gritty, the noodles were quite nice, however the lack of MSG (E261) was clearly noticeable. The noodles were bland, bland, bland. I could have been eating anything. I tried adding increasing quantities of chilli sauce in an attempt to liven things up, and whilst the heat increased substantially, there was no noticeable improvement in flavour.

Moral:So I guess the moral of the story is "Cheap food can be healthy, but it probably won't taste of anything".

This now raises the question: "Is a bland, healthy life better than a spicy unhealthy one?" A topic for another day I guess.


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