Gourmet Pot Noodle for Students under £5

Fresh Vegetable Pho with King Prawns

Reinvented by Timothy Hyde-Sykes based on a Pot Noodle

Pot Noodle

Ingredients (Enough for 4 portions)

For the Pho:

  • 400g precooked egg noodles
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 courgette
  • 75g red cabbage
  • 2 spring onions
  • 6 baby corn
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 pak choi
  • 1 lime
  • 4 teaspoons Thai paste
  • 2 chicken stock pots
  • Boiling water
  • King prawns, cooked and peeled
  • Coriander leaves

Equipment needed:

  • Screw top jars
  • Spiraliser

Total cost = £11.19 | Total cost per person = £2.80


  • Peel the carrot. With a knife, cut the top and bottom from the carrot and then spiralise on the thinnest setting. Do the same with your courgette (without peeling).
  • Soak the noodles that you are using for ten minutes to soften, drain and then refresh under cold water until cool.
  • Chop a big rounded slice off a whole red cabbage and then slice as thin as possible.
  • Using a knife, chop the top and bottom from the spring onions and then in half, then slice thinly.
  • Take the outer leaves off the pak choi and trim the stalk. Cut the rest into thick strips.
  • Place the baby corn and turmeric in a small pan, cover with boiling water, simmer for 5 minutes and then refresh under cold water until cold.
  • Using a knife, cut the top and bottom from the lime and then cut into quarters.
  • Take a bunch of coriander and pick the leaves off. You’ll need around 10 leaves per jar.

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To build:

Remove the lids from your screw top jars and add ½ a chicken stock pot and 1 tsp of Thai paste. Now add the vegetables and noodles in this order:

  1. 1. Carrots.
  2. 2. Noodles.
  3. 3. Pak choi.
  4. 4. Baby corn (3 halves per pot noodle).
  5. 5. Coriander leaves.
  6. 6. Courgettes.
  7. 7. Noodles.
  8. 8. Red cabbage.
  9. 9. Spring onions.
  10. 10. Garnish your dish with the king prawns, then your remaining pak choi and coriander to taste.

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To serve:

  • Put the kettle on and when boiled, pour over the pot noodle and leave for 5 minutes. Then, give it a gentle stir to unlock all those tasty flavours.