Mr Lee’s Noodles – Healthy Gourmet Noodles In A Cup

Review by Lola Agondogo-Hegba

Mr Lee’s noodles come in 6 flavours, in both meat and the vegetable varieties:

  • Hong Kong Street Beef
  • Tai Chi Chicken
  • Dragon Fire Mushroom
  • Penang Chicken Curry Laksa
  • Shaolin Monk Vegetable
  • Warrior Fighting Shrimp

Mr Lee's Noodles

Each pot is generously filled with noodles, meat, seafood or vegetables, I only had to add water to prepare the soup. The noodles are translucent, rice noodles,  which I had never eaten before.

In terms of preparation: You might want to try to cook the noodles for a little more time than suggested otherwise they will taste a bit “al dente”. I had to leave the noddles to soak for little longer then the recommended 3 minutes, I allowed the noodles to soak for 4-5 minutes in boiling water in order to soften the noodles.


In terms of taste: The rice noodles don’t really have a taste without being prepared properly because all the flavour is in the soup so make sure you combine the noodles thoroughly.  The soup is not fatty or oily at all which is great although I found that it lacked a little bit of salt (although in health terms this is good thing). The soup is rich and packed full of vegetables which is great! The next time I eat my Mr Lee’s Noodle I might add a touch of soy sauce to give the soup a little more of an authentic Asian taste which I felt it lacked. That being said my favourite flavour was the Penang Chicken Curry Laksa which was really wholesome and the spices made up for the lack of salt.

Mr Lee's Noodles Mr Lee's Noodles

In terms of health: The noodles are high in nutrients as they use freeze-dried ingredients instead of the more popular (cheaper) dehydrated option. They have absolutely no artificial preservatives, additives, colours, flavours or MSG. The noodles are also one of the lowest in salt, saturated fats and calories cup noodles in the market which explains why I could taste the lack of salt and why I am aware that it is a much healthier ready meal alternative.

Mr Lee’s noodles are overall a good tasty meal with generous size portions, easy to make and exceptionally healthy for all the family. Mr Lee’s Noodles has been selected as the only food & beverage business to be listed in the new multi-government initiative “Your Parent Guide” which is given to new parents in 2017. There are 16 pages out of the 80 page guide dedicated to healthy eating and exclusively lists Mr Lee’s as the ideal meal for parents when tired or stressed due to their low sugar and salt content, and no additives – http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/ad61bf2a#/ad61bf2a/50.

For stockist information and where to buy: https://www.mrleesnoodles.com/noodles/

Michel Roux Jr and The Balvenie Return With Online Series Which Celebrates Modern Day Artisans

Following the success of last year’s series, The Balvenie has launched the second installment of The Craftsmen’s Dinner, which tells the stories of four exceptionally skilled craftspeople in the UK through a series of short films, demonstrating that true craft is not about what you make, or where you make it, but how you make it.

This year, the online series, hosted once again by renowned Michelin starred chef, Michel Roux Jr., showcases the dedication to British craftsmanship by a group of specialists, each using traditional techniques to create their artisan products in the most unexpected of places, from a rooftop overlooking The Shard to a council estate in Tottenham.

“We are delighted to bring back The Craftsmen’s Dinner after the success of the first series. The Balvenie’s distinctive character as a whisky is created by the experience, skill and ambition of our own craftspeople.” – Asmita Singh, The Balvenie Senior Brand Manager.

The series follows urban cheese makers, Wildes Cheese; the family-owned car producer Morgan Motor Company, who embrace new technology whilst preserving tradition; artisan bakery Wooster’s, who restored the old family mill; and Bermondsey Street Bees, who champion food sustainability from a central London rooftop. The stories that emerge highlight the common values between the different craftspeople, Michel Roux Jr. and The Balvenie; who all share an intimate understanding of their trade and a desire to leave a mark through their produce, taking no shortcuts along the way.

The series concludes with the four-course ‘Craftsmen’s Dinner’ at the Langham curated by Michel Roux Jr. with dishes that showcase the exciting collaborations with each of the craftspeople. The delicious independent menu features spit-roast veal loin with sweet breads glazed in Bermondsey Street Bees’ honey, Wildes Cheese’s Roland cheese with Balvenie soaked prunes and Wooster’s sourdough ice cream.

“It’s been a pleasure to continue this partnership with The Balvenie, setting out once again to discover and learn from an immensely talented group of craftspeople, all united by the passion and dedication for what they do. This year I have been particularly inspired by how these experts go to great lengths, in this modern world, to preserve traditional craft methods, often in unexpected ways and places.” – Michel Roux Jr.

Series Two of The Craftsmen’s Dinner is now live on https://www.youtube.com/TheCraftsmensDinner and features the following episodes:

  • Michel Roux Jr. meets Morgan Motor Company
  • Michel Roux Jr. meets Wooster’s Bakery
  • Michel Roux Jr. meets Bermondsey Street Bees
  • Michel Roux Jr. meets Wildes Cheese
  • The Craftsmen’s Dinner at the Langham

This is a fantastic initiative, highlighting grassroots artisans in the UK who rarely get the spotlight that they deserve. Make sure you subscribe and watch the new series!

Chopstreets

How A Former Banker Launched The First App Dedicated To African and Caribbean Food in The UK

Vivian ChopstreetsVivian Ngwodo is part of a new generation of women, particularly women of African descent, who are using technology to take ownership of the entrepreneurial landscape. Born and raised in Nigeria, Vivian has always been a solutions provider, a problem solver and lover of food. In 2010, Vivian resigned from her Foreign Operations job in one of Nigeria’s major banks and embarked on a journey to Scotland to pursue a Master’s Degree and began her career journey in the U.K financial industry. She relocated to London in 2012 to start a new job and was excited at the fact that being in London also meant having more access to her beloved Nigerian food. However, Vivian soon discovered how difficult and frustrating it was to find Nigerian or other African restaurants in London. Even though she quickly adapted to British and Asian foods which were readily available, once in a while, she craved Nigerian food and wanted to introduce her friends to it as well.

When Vivian realized that there was very little visibility or recognition of African and Caribbean restaurants she was inspired to launch a restaurant blog and a super directory where she reviewed and listed African and Caribbean restaurants and food business from across London in 2014. By 2015 and 2016, there was a sudden rise in African Supper Clubs in London and Londoners were excitedly looking to try the exotic and diverse flavours from the African continent.  Whilst undertaking an internship with a digital media company, Vivian began developing a Location based app that would make it easier for people from all ethnicities to find & review African and Caribbean restaurants.

Chopstreets is an exciting new social app, the first of its kind in the UK dedicated to Afro-Caribbean food that finds and curates the best African and Caribbean restaurants, takeaways, pop-ups and supper clubs. With the social networking feature, users can eat their way around the African continent and taste the delicacies of The Caribbean. Now people can instantly see African and Caribbean food recommended by their friends and contacts and event share their own dining experiences.

Chopstreets

‘African and Caribbean cuisines have been under-represented for far too long and I am on a mission to make them famous by using technology to provide a platform for people to discover Afro-Caribbean cuisine easily and also set a standard for the Afro-Caribbean food industry in the U.K. My vision for Chopstreets is that it becomes an active social network for both African and Non-Africans as I believe eating is a social activity and the best friendships are made over food.’ – Vivian Ngwodo, Founder of Chopstreets

Vivian’s innovative solution will make African and Caribbean Cuisine more accessible to the wider culinary world and change the way people view African and Caribbean cuisine forever.

http://www.chopstreets.com/

Instagram: @chopstreets
Twitter: @chopstreets

App: http://www.chopstreets.com/chopstreets-app-support/