The humble Pot Noodle – or any instant noodle, for that matter – is one of the simple joys in life.
They’re tasty – at least some of them are – and easy to make, as well as being cheap.
Here's the video that started the whole thing off:
Now, we all know they’re not exactly a nutritionist’s dream, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be enjoyed in moderation, just like everything else.
The whole idea is that they plug a gap in just a few minutes.
You boil the kettle, chuck in a sachet, then wait for a short while until it is ready to eat.
It feels like quite a simple process, but there is some divergence amongst the Pot Noodle community as to how exactly the preparation must be done.
Seriously, there is.
You might be wondering exactly how the debate could have arisen, given that there is literally two steps to making some instant noodles.
Firstly, this is the internet – people can find something to argue about anywhere.
Secondly, it turns out that some people have been chucking out the extra noodle soup before eating it, leaving just the noodles.
If you’re a normal human being, you’re currently wondering exactly why people would do that.
It’s just absorbed a load of the flavour, why hurl it down the sink?
Well, some people do.
The debate started with TikToker @abbey_ohagan, who shared a video of herself making some two-minute noodles, sharing her opinion on how they should be correctly prepared.
For the avoidance of doubt, she’s probably right, by the way.
In her video, she said: “So, when I make two-minute noodles, I just do it the way it says it on the packet.
“I’ll boil the kettle, put in the hot water, put the stuff in, cover it and let it cook and marinate.”
So far, so normal.
However, she then opined on something that grinds her gears about other noodle lovers.
“The thing that gets me is that so many people, once this is done, will drain all of the water out,” she continued.
“To me, that is like borderline psychopathic. Because the water with like all the goodness is the best part.
“But then some people also put in the seasoning after draining and they don’t have that beautiful brothy water.
“I don’t know, it keeps me up at night.”
On these particular noodles, made by Maggi, it says that they can be served ‘with or without broth as desired’.
The comments sparked a debate online, with one commenter chiming in: “Drain water then add flavors [sic], hits different.
“The flavor is stronger, not watered down.”
“Who wants soggy noodles?” asked another.
A third person said: “I ain’t drinking soup, I’m eating noodles. It’s the only way to eat it.”
On the other side of the fence, one person said: “The broth is the best part, that’s why I’m eating the noodles!”
“WHO DRAINS THE LIQUID?!” yelled a second.
“The broth is better than the noodles,” argued a third.
Sitting squarely in the middle of the fence, another comment read: “You can add half of the flavoring then drain half the water and add the rest flavor for the best of both worlds.”
Give over – pick a side and stick to it.Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@abbey_ohagan