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Socoder -> Mystery Boxes -> ZenPop Noodle Box

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Posted : Saturday, 19 January 2019, 14:07
Jayenkai
Bonus Snack



Looks like..


Tastes Like..

Not the best Carbonara. It's a little too cheesy for my liking, and not nearly bacon'y enough.
The "creamy" carbonara sauce is watery as hell, even after only filling the pot to the "halfway up" fill level.

Also, the pasta is very watery, too. I can understand them trying to make the pasta "cook" well enough, unlike those crap MugShots which often end up with crunchy uncooked pasta in them, but the result here is just a watery mush.
They need to find a way to shape noodles into pasta forms, then use those instead of this crap!!


Rating 0/5 - Nah...

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Posted : Sunday, 20 January 2019, 03:37
rockford
No thanks, very muchly. Bleurghh!
Posted : Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 04:31
Jayenkai
Back to proper noodles!!

December Noodle Three





Looks Like...



Tastes Like..

I'm not entirely sure!
There's a very Seaweed'y smell to it, and it's quite salty, but otherwise I really can't place it.
Just .. kinda.. fishy!!

The noodles themselves are thin, but there's a ton of the things, and they've soaked in a lot of the flavour, too.

Rating 4/5 - If not for the seafood vibe, it'd have been 5!

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Posted : Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 07:08
rockford
Soba noodles are generally very good in my experience. I absolutely love Chili Soba
Posted : Thursday, 24 January 2019, 04:38
Jayenkai
Noodle Four





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Tastes Like...

\O/yeay\o/ more Soba noodles! Another big thick full pot of noodle. Nom nom.
Oddly smells rather coffee-like. The rich aroma of a fresh cup, first thing in the morning!

The taste is slightly rubbery, so I imagine the Duck must've been a little yellow bathtime duck.
.. and the owner of the duck dropped their coffee into the bath.

Rating : 5/5 - much nicer without all the fishiness!!

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Posted : Thursday, 24 January 2019, 09:28
rockford
Quacktastic.
Posted : Monday, 28 January 2019, 04:33
Jayenkai
Noodle Five





Looks Like


Lots of little seeds in this one!!

Tastes Like

Not as thick as I'd like. A little too watery. If I were to redo this one, I'd've used less water.
But the spice kick is definitely there, so that's good.
The noodles are thin and "waterproof" so not much flavour to them. The watery soup is really quite tasty, though, with the spice and kind of a tomato base to it.

Rating : 5/5 - maybe less water, next time!

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Posted : Wednesday, 30 January 2019, 06:05
Jayenkai
Noodle Six





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Tastes Like...

Yuk.. Very oniony.
There's a mild set of other flavours in there, but the onion is rather overpowering, and it's not going down well at all.
The noodles are extremely chewy, too. Thin, and rather PotNoodle in style, but SO chewy!!

Rating : 2/5 - Too oniony for me.

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Posted : Wednesday, 30 January 2019, 08:27
rockford
Not a big fan of onions either. And nobody likes chewy noodles.
Posted : Friday, 01 February 2019, 04:37
Jayenkai
Noodle Seven





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Tastes Like...

The little chicken balls are nice and chewy, which isn't the texture I expected, but not in a bad way.

A really tasty chicken broth, but again with the onions.
Really getting sick of the onions, this week!!

.. the noodles, though..
I'm not really sure what they did to these things, but they're indescribably different. Kinda chewy, and such a weird taste to them.
It's definitely not the taste of the broth. They seem to have their own unique weird taste, and I'm not sure that I like them..!

Rating : 1/5 - didn't enjoy this one!!

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Posted : Friday, 01 February 2019, 10:42
rockford
Those chicken bits don't make me want to try this... Testicals in noodles? No ta very muchly!
Posted : Sunday, 03 February 2019, 06:00
Jayenkai
The end of December.





And it's not looking entirely like the image on the leaflet.
A rather large lemon takes up a lot of the space..

Eek!!

Looks Like


BRAAAAAINS!!!

Tastes Like...

Lemon!!
The sweet variety of lemon, not the sharp tartness of a really sour lemon.
Just the nice sweet citrus kick, and actually it's a lot nicer than I was expecting.
Kinda like sherbert lemon flavour, but without the tang.

The noodles aren't quite cooked through, though, and are a little crunchy in places. Maybe that's how it's meant to be. Not sure..

Rating : 4/5 - A decent ending.

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Posted : Sunday, 03 February 2019, 15:44
rockford
Mmmmmmmmm lemon. Love lemon. Nom Nom Nom.
Posted : Monday, 04 February 2019, 09:45
Lilinik
Oh, after reading this, I wanted to buy noodles and... Cook myself)
Posted : Monday, 04 February 2019, 09:55
WhateverYouShoul
Noodles, mm, tasty! And the broth! Yummy.
Posted : Friday, 08 February 2019, 04:53
Jayenkai
Welcome to January!!



Cheat Sheet Side One - Side Two

Noodle One





Looks Like..



A bit too watery, methinks!!

Tastes Like...

a nice rich curry taste, but not too spicy.
The little "looks like chunks of potato" are definitely not potato! They're squishy and gooey and slimy, and not at all what my mouth was expecting!!!
The broth has a vague orangey smell to it, which is weird in a curry.

The noodles are the tasty thin ones, doing a lot of flavour soaking.

Rating : 5/5 - unexpected contents, but not in a bad way!

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Posted : Friday, 08 February 2019, 05:49
rockford
You've not included the "Looks like photo"

A nice, rich curry? I'm sold!!
Posted : Friday, 08 February 2019, 06:24
Jayenkai
Oppsy! Sorry... Still asleep!!

... I may have had a 13 hour sleep, after baking a cake!!!

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Posted : Friday, 08 February 2019, 15:37
rockford
Caaaaaaaaaaaaaake!!!
Posted : Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 04:45
Jayenkai
January Noodle Two





Looks Like...



Very very fishy smell!!!

Tastes Like..

Doesn't taste anywhere near as fishy, and instead has the taste of a nice vegetable soup.
The noodles are the waterproof variety, however. Booo!!!

Rating : 4/5 - Not as bad as it smells..

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Posted : Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 09:01
rockford
Yeah, I think I'd pass on that one: cod roe=Bleurghhh!!!

Just the fishy smell would likely make me want to hurl.
Posted : Friday, 15 February 2019, 04:46
Jayenkai
Noodle Three





Note the word Pickles on the label...

Looks Like..



Tastes Like...

Pickles!!
But sweet pickles.
But still pickles.
The smell is extremely offputting, but the taste itself is ok.
The added spice makes it worthwhile.. .. I suppose..

Rating : 2/5

> Reveal 🔎

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Posted : Friday, 15 February 2019, 06:34
rockford
Not a fan of pickle flavour stuffage. I love sweet. I love sour. I love spice. I love bitter. I love sweet and sour. I should love stuff like Branston pickle. But I don't. It's just too... :/
Posted : Sunday, 17 February 2019, 12:52
TKS
I thought I might share my two favorite noodle boxes at the moment!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Special-Chicken-Flavour-Instant-Noodles/dp/B008QWH1G0

https://www.amazon.co.uk/WAT-KITCHEN-Chicken-Teriyaki-noodles/dp/B01H5DAIUG/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1550433106&sr=8-3&keywords=wat+kitchen (I buy these from Heron Foods for around a quid. They're absolutely fantastic.)
Posted : Sunday, 17 February 2019, 13:08
Jayenkai
My "when I'm not eating the Zenpop" noodle of choice is NongShim, which are nice and super spicy, and are a lovely chewy sort of noodle. They're definitely the best that I've come across in all my noodling.

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