Etiquette expert reveals the posh way to eat a Pot Noodle in viral tongue-in-cheek TikTok clip – including why you should never drink the liquid, what cutlery to use and which wine to pair it with
- London and Berkshire-based Lucy Challenger makes etiquette videos on TikTok
- In a recent viral video the 38-year-old discussed posh way to eat a Pot Noodle
- According to Lucy, it is highly unlikely you will be served one in a formal setting
- But if you are, she revealed how to eat it and even which wine to pair it with
Lucy Challenger, 38, who is based in London and Berkshire, is the founder and CEO of high-end Mayfair agency Polo and Tweed, which sources employees for uber-wealthy clients.
She is also a TikTok and Instagram creator, and has garnered more than 10 million likes for her videos which teach Gen Z social media users the essential manners and etiquette they need to fit in with the upper echelons of society.
In a recent tongue-in-cheek video, which garnered more than a million views, Lucy revealed the correct way to eat a Pot Noodle in the unlikely event you were served one in a posh setting.
However, some viewers disagreed with one point Lucy made: that you shouldn’t consume the liquid in the Pot Noodle.
Etiquette expert Lucy Challenger (pictured) has revealed the posh way to eat a Pot Noodle in a formal dining setting – in the unlikely event you are served one
Speaking in the clip, she says: ‘Now it’s highly, highly, highly, highly, highly unlikely that you will ever be served a Pot Noodle in a formal British setting. But if you were I’m going to show you the best way to approach eating it.’
She continued: ‘So how would one eat the Pot Noodle? Well, a fork makes life a little bit easier.
‘You can use the fork to pick up the noodles, and then you can also use a spoon to gather the liquid, and of course some people prefer to use chopsticks.
Etiquette expert shares a brief history of the Pot Noodle
As well as showing viewers how to correctly eat a Pot Noodle in her viral video, Lucy Challenger also shared a brief history of the instant snack.
She said: ‘In 1958, instant noodles were invented by a gentleman called Mr. [Momofuku] Ando and instant cup noodles were invented by his company, Nissim foods in 1971.
‘In 1979, Golden Wonder launched the Pot Noodle. Its home was Crumlin, South Wales.
‘In 1992, the company launched the infamous source sachets, added into every pot. They were considered ‘sachets of joy’.
‘The year 2000 gave birth to the king sized Pot Noodle.’
‘So let’s get down to business. Firstly, the Pot Noodle would have likely been prepared by the chef and then brought to the table for service.’
However, she noted that in the event you’re preparing the instant meal yourself, it is easy to cook. You simply add boiling water to the plastic pot of noodles, and add the sauce sachet should you wish.
When it comes to eating the Pot Noodle, Lucy said: ‘As I’ve explained previously, with formal British dining, one typically does not consume liquid unless it is, for example, a soup.’
She gave the example of mussels, whereby one would eat the bivalves themselves, but not the liquid in which they are served.
‘So for the Pot Noodle, we will approach it with the same rules of etiquette,’ she explained.
‘I would use my fork, and take it this time into my right hand, which is more unusual when dining in a formal setting.
‘This is because we are not going to use the spoon or the knife.
‘I will then simply gather some of the pot noodles onto the fork and delicately place the pot noodles into my mouth.
‘I continue with my delicious meal of pot noodles making sure not to let any stray drips into the surrounding plate or indeed my outfits.’
Lucy ended the video by noting what wine matches well with the Pot Noodle, opting for a ‘beautiful Chardonnay’.
A number of viewers disagreed with one point Lucy made: that you shouldn’t consume the liquid in a Pot Noodle
More than 2,600 comments were left on the video.
Some viewers disagreed with one point Lucy made: that you shouldn’t consume the liquid in the Pot Noodle.
One wrote: ‘No you drink the liquid afterwards. It’s the pot noodle law.’ Another agreed, adding: ‘And drink the leftover juice afterwards.’
And a third wrote: ‘Nah use your hands then drink the broth.’
Meanwhile, a number of commentators expressed remorse that Pot Noodles are generally not eaten in formal dining settings
However, others felt the operation was executed perfectly, and expressed remorse that Pot Noodles are generally not eaten in formal dining settings.
One TikTok users wrote: ‘I love the emphasis on how this will never ever EVER happen. Nonetheless I’ll remember this for when H.M. invites me for instant noodles.’
Another wrote: ‘In case we meet the king.’ And a third added: ‘I’m gonna make it my mission to be rich so I can host a dinner party and only serve pot noodles.’