An etiquette expert has revealed the chic way to eat a Pot Noodle when you get one in a formal British dining setting.
Lucy Challenger, 38, who is based in London and Berkshire, is the founder and CEO of the high-end Mayfair agency Polo and Tweed, which seeks employees for high net worth clients.
She is also a TikTok and Instagram creator, and has racked up over 10 million likes for her videos that teach Gen Z social media users the essential manners and etiquette they need to fit into the higher echelons of society.
In a recent tongue-in-cheek videogarnering over a million views, Lucy revealed the correct way to eat a Pot Noodle in the unlikely event that you were served one in a posh setting.
However, some viewers disagreed with one point Lucy was making: that you shouldn’t consume the liquid in the Pot Noodle.
Etiquette expert Lucy Challenger (pictured) has revealed the chic way to eat a Pot Noodle in a formal dining setting – in the unlikely event that you get one
In the clip she says: ‘Now it is highest, highest, highest, highest, highly unlikely you will ever be served a Pot Noodle in a formal British setting. But if you were, I’ll show you the best way to eat it.’
She continued, ‘So how do you eat the Pot Noodle? Well, a fork makes life a little easier.
‘You can use the fork to pick up the noodles, and then you can also use a spoon to collect the liquid, and of course some people prefer to use chopsticks.
Etiquette Expert Shares a Brief History of the Pot Noodle
In her viral video, Lucy Challenger not only showed viewers how to eat a Pot Noodle correctly, but also shared a brief history of the instant snack.
She said: ‘In 1958 instant noodles were invented by a gentleman named Mr. [Momofuku] Ando and instant cup noodles were invented by his company, Nissim Foods in 1971.
In 1979 Golden Wonder launched the Pot Noodle. His home was Crumlin, South Wales.
In 1992, the company launched the infamous spring bags, which were added to every pot. They were considered ‘sachets of joy’.
‘In the year 2000, the Kingsize Pot Noodle was born.’
“So let’s get started. First, the Pot Noodle would probably have been prepared by the chef and then brought to the table for service.’
However, she noted that if you prepare the instant meal yourself, it’s easy to cook. You just add boiling water to the plastic pot of noodles and add the sauce bag if you want.
When it came to eating the Pot Noodle, Lucy said, “As I explained earlier, formal British dining usually doesn’t eat liquid unless it’s a soup, for example.”
She gave the example of mussels, where one would eat the clams themselves, but not the liquid in which they are served.
“So for the Pot Noodle, we’ll approach it with the same etiquette rules,” she explained.
“I would use my fork and take it in my right hand this time, 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’ll just collect some of the pot noodles on the fork and gently pop the pot noodles into my mouth.
“I’ll continue with my delicious meal of pot noodles, making sure no stray drops drip into the surrounding plate or even into my outfits.”
Lucy closed the video by noting which wine pairs well with the Pot Noodle and opted for a “wonderful Chardonnay.”
A number of viewers disagreed with one point Lucy made: that you should not 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, “Then drink the leftover juice.”
And a third wrote: ‘No, use your hands and then drink the broth.’
Meanwhile, a number of commentators expressed regret that Pot Noodles are generally not eaten in formal dining settings
Others, however, felt that the surgery was done perfectly and expressed regret that Pot Noodles are generally not eaten in formal dining settings.
One TikTok user wrote: ‘I like the emphasis on how this will NEVER ever happen. Still, I’ll keep this in mind for when HM invites me for instant noodles.’
Another wrote: ‘In case we meet the king.’ And a third added, “I’m going to make it my mission to get rich so I can host a dinner party and serve only noodles.”