“ Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Sandwich „
I don't usually buy pre-made sandwiches however after a four hour long shopping spree with a few friends yesterday we were ranvenous and so headed to Tesco on the way home for a bite to eat. I hate eating in cafes or in front of strangers due to my eating disorder, so I opted for a diet coke while my friends ate their lunches in the cafe. On the way out of Tesco, I spotted a large fridge display (near where you walk in to the store, near the magazines) with a variety of sandwiches, drinks and ready made salads. I was starving by this point and so picked up a prawn sarnie from the display to eat on the way home in the car. I paid £1.50 for this sandwich which isn't a bad price in my opinion. The sandwich comes in the usual triangle shaped sandwich pakaging which is made of cardboard with a thin plastic 'display window' which shows the two halves of the sandwich. I like that there's a little display window as this way I was able to pick the one that looked the nicest/freshest, with the most filling. The packaging is easy to open and is recycable. The sandwich is sliced in half so you basically get one sandwich all together in two slices. It was handy that the sandwich was sliced though as I was eating in the car and attempting to eat one whole, large sandwich would of been pretty messy! This sandwich is basically prawn mayonnaise on wholemeal (white bread with oatmeal) bread. The bread has the crusts left on and it tasted fresh. The bread was tasty and cooked to perfection, it had that slight fluffy feel to it rather than being chewy. The prawn mayo was creamy, it didn't have any sweetness to it but it had a slight 'kick' to it which is likely the vinegar that's in the ingredients. There were plenty of prawns in the sandwich of a decent size and they were nice and succulent, there was no gristle or chewy bits at all and I really enjoyed my sandwich. The only thing is that I was expecting lettuce or perhaps onion/cucumber etc in the sandwich however there wasn't any. I suppose this is because I am used to eating prawn salad sandwiches rather than prawn mayo sandwiches, but you could always add salad if this was an issue. The sandwich was very filling and my hunger was left feeling satisfied. This sandwich isn't too high in calories at 401 calories, but at 22 grams of fat for the lot it does seem a tad unhealthy, however I doubt anyone would eat one of these everyday so it's nice as a little treat when you are rushing and don't have time to cook or make a pre made lunch. Overall, I would reccomend this sandwich, it's tasty, filling and not too bad value for money either. **Ingredients** White Bread With Oatmeal (45%) (Wheat Flour, Water, Oatmeal, Wheat Bran, Yeast, Salt, Vegetable Fat, Spirit Vinegar, Wheat Protein, Emulsifiers (Mono- and Di-acetyltartaric Acid Esters of Mono- and Di-glycerides of Fatty Acids, Mono- and Di-glycerides of Fatty Acids, Sodium Stearoyl-2-lactylate), Malted Barley Flour, Flour Treatment Agent (Ascorbic Acid)), Cooked Prawns (32%) (Prawns, Salt), Mayonnaise (19%) (Rapeseed Oil, Water, Pasteurised Egg, Spirit Vinegar, Pasteurised Egg Yolk, Sugar, Salt, Wheat Dextrose, Stabilisers (Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum), Concentrated Lemon Juice, Flavouring, Colour (Paprika Extract)), Butter. **Allergies information** Contains Gluten, Malted Barley Flour, Oatmeal, Wheat, Wheat bran, Wheat Dextrose, Wheat Flour, Wheat Protein, Prawns, Shellfish, Eggs, Egg Yolk & Milk. May contain Nuts.
It's not often that I buy a ready prepared sandwich but when time isn't on your side and you are feeling extremely peckish then your back is to the wall, for want of a better expression! I expect everyone has noticed the amount of weird and wonderful sandwich fillings that are produced these days and when you were brought up to think an egg and cress sandwich was deemed upmarket then some of today's fillings seem really outlandish and extravagant. Saying that I am very fond of a good prawn sandwich and Tesco can churn out a very acceptable prawn on oatmeal at around £1.30p a time. Say it quickly and at first it does seem a lot to pay for just two slices of bread with some fresh prawns in the middle but when you are the only one in the house who likes shellfish then the deal isn't too bad after all. The fresh looking packaging makes the sandwich seem appealing, the clear triangular packet neatly holds the two slices of very pale oatmeal bread and the packet is sealed with a white and clear plastic cover which has Prawn mayonnaise written clearly on the face of it. You don't have to fight to remove the plastic cover , it peels away easily and reveals the sandwich tucked neatly inside. I have been amazed just how many pre-packed sandwiches have been cleverly marketed, all of the filling placed towards the centre which lulls you into a false sense of security, then you make inroads into the sandwich to find that the outer parts have never been touched by the filling and you are literally consuming large quantities of dry bread. Tesco must have ensured their quality control staff are up to the job, the filling does spread over the majority of the bread, no great yawning gaps. 33% of the sandwich consists of prawns, so there is a healthy ratio. The shellfish are a good pinky colour, firm in texture and are easy on the eye. Many people are slightly wary of fresh prawn sandwiches but in general I have always been very lucky. The white medium sliced bread has oatmeal added to the recipe and the crust has been lightly browned, the bread also has a touch of malted barley flour and the `malty` taste is in there background. The mayonnaise looks thick and creamy and above all it looks fresh and it is thick enough to hold the juicy prawns in place. The sandwich has been in the chiller and the prawns are cold and just slightly chewy as I expected. The creamy mayonnaise is good, a slight tang of lemon and the addition of a tiny amount of mustard flour gives the necessary bite that is needed. Neither is the mayonnaise too thin, often if the mayonnaise isn't thick enough it makes for soggy bread. I notice that the majority of the prawns are pushed toward the central part of the sandwich but I think that is tactical, positioning is key and if the prawns are pushed to the outer part of the sandwich then there is every chance that they will topple out of the edges. There are 320 calories contained in the sandwich, it is high in protein but also high in carbohydrates and fat. Tesco are keen to let customers know that the sandwich could possibly contain small fragments of shell, though I have never found any yet. All in all the prawn and mayonnaise sandwich is fine for the £1.30p price tag, It staves off the hunger pangs nicely. I don't know about your Tesco but as you go in through the main doors of ours there is the newspaper section to one side and a chiller cabinet in the same area that is filled with sandwiches and cold snacks - very handy for anyone popping in at lunchtime.
When out with my sister recently we decided to buy ourselves a sandwich each to save making lunch when we got back from a busy day visiting the council, the supermarket and various other places. The sandwich is provided in a plastic triangle shaped tray and it is two pieces of bread with the filling that have been cut diagonally so that they can fit in to the packet and it has a peel back plastic top to keep it nice and fresh and because the whole thing is see through I can see my sandwich inside and can check out the filling before I buy. The sell by date & nutritional information is available on the front as well as the ingredients. The main ingredients are 46% bread, 33% prawns & mayonnaise. The bread is very soft and tasty and it is oatmealbread so it is not too bad for me and it is helping me to keep up with my daily portions of what I need to be healthy. The prawn as lovely and fresh tasting and very fishy. The mayonnaise is just standard mayonnaise but I think there is something hidden within (mustard I believe) and this is helping to give the whole sandwich an extra kick. I would definitely eat this again and at a price of £1.30 I think it's very reasonable for a lunchtime takeaway sandwich. I would highly recommend it to anybody who is a fan of prawns as they really were very nice and the sandwich had a great amount of filling. There are 320 calories and 14.1g of fat per sandwich so while it is quite high in fat it is fairly low in calories and as a lunchtime snack you could definitely eat a lot worse (or a little better!). I will be buying it again and because of the price combined with the taste I am rating this sandwich 5/5. My sister also really enjoyed hers and it kept us satisfied until teatime (normally I'd be reaching for some snacks in the afternoon!). This is available from Tesco of course and whilst the sandwich is made in a nut free area the factory it is produced in does handle nuts so there could be traces within.