My first few came out so badly that I just gave up and bought them when I wanted them. I've found a couple of good brands, and there's one supermarket that makes its own, and those are really delicious.
But I couldn't find any today. Most people seem to prefer the sweet noodle kugels - made with raisins and cinnamon or with caramelized sugar and pepper (Yerushalmi kugels. Absolute salty-sweet-peppery heaven. I miss them.) I can't eat sugar and I like savory side dishes, so I prefer the "salt and pepper" kugels.
When I say my kugels came out badly, I mean that I always ended up with two layers - the top half would be dry and hard and the lower half would be oily. Awful.
Today, though, I put in four eggs - finally, enough eggs - and a good handful of matzo meal. And it's lovely. The very top is crunchy but below it I can see a normal looking kugel. It looks yummy. And I know there's plenty of pepper, too, which storebought lokshen kugels tend to not have.