“ Brand: Findus / Type: Frozen Food „
While browsing in Tesco the other day I noticed a new (to me) addition to the Findus range; Hoi Sin Duck Wraps which are microwavable and ready to eat in just three minutes from the freezer. Now, I am not overly fond of duck as a meat but adore it when mixed with a fruity sauce and wrapped in a Chinese style pancake. This was pretty much what I was expecting from this product, although I was aware this was going to be wrapped in a tortilla as opposed to a thinner pancake. My first disappointment was when I took the wrap out of the box, it was tiny! Rolled incredibly thinly, I had to peek inside one of the ends to ensure there was any filling in it as it appeared to be simply a tortilla wrap rolled up on itself. Not to be deterred, I popped my wrap into the microwave, set it for two minutes and enjoyed the delicious Hoi Sin aroma which completely filled my kitchen while the food was warming through. I was quite looking forward to eating it by then, and then the second disappointment struck. These wraps are absolutely foul. Well, not exactly the wrap itself as that is basically a bog standard soft flour tortilla (albeit hardened slightly around the edges). It's what Findus refer to (laughingly) as "filling of shredded duck, carrot and spring onion in a hoi sin and soy sauce". Let me get one thing straight here, the whole wrap consists of only 4% duck. Yes, 4%. And that is shredded so small that it's impossible to tell whether you have any duck in your bite or not, it's mixed with a large amount of thick and sticky Hoi Sin sauce - which tastes neither of Hoi Sin nor even vaguely Oriental. Are there vegetables in it? Who knows! The sauce smothers absolutely everything which may or may not be mixed with it, not just in flavour but the sauce also means you cannot even see what is inside your wrap. The overwhelming flavour is obviously the sauce - actually that is the only flavour as there is far too little duck to be able to taste that! The sauce is strange and proving rather harder to describe than I thought it would. It has a slightly acid flavour with the aftertaste being slightly too vinegary, there is a hint of fruitiness but this is fleeting and soon overwhelmed by whatever other strange things have been added to it. Basically it's an appalling excuse for Hoi Sin sauce which has been used to excess to cover up the very low level of duck used in the wraps. For £1.29 I wasn't expecting masses of crispy shredded duck, I was however expecting a reasonably tasting snack and value for my money. I received neither, and the second wrap is mouldering in my rubbish bin as I type.
When it comes to duck it really is one of my favourite meats and I often indulge in some when eating Chinese food. So when I spotted these Hoi Sin Duck Wraps from Findus in Asda costing a mere pound for two of them (on offer at the moment) I couldn't wait to buy them and try them out! The Packaging: The wraps come in a mainly red box and the front of the box there is a photograph of the wraps and I am told that they are indeed Findus '2' Hoi Sin Duck Wraps 'Delicious tortilla wraps filled with shredded duck, carrot and spring onion in a hoi sin and soy sauce' and I'm told to cook them from frozen, that they cook in the microwave in 3 minutes, contain no artificial colours or flavours and that they each contain 170 calories. Other information on the box includes ingredients and allergy advice, there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown as well as an in-depth look at nutritional values, I'm told about other products in the range, cooking instructions are given, the weight of the product is listed (200g) and contact details for Findus are given. The Wraps: In the box of course you get two wraps. They are very thin looking and looked wrapped rather tightly and they are not covered. To cook them you simply put either one or two in the microwave at a time and for one wrap it takes 2 -2 1/2 minutes to heath through for one wrap or 4-5 minutes for two of them. When cooked, to one end of the wrap the meaty mixture does look dark and congealed but the tortilla does stay flexible and moist looking. What you get of course is the bready and moist tortilla. It's nothing special though and doesn't add any taste to the proceedings at all and could be described as bland. The meat mixture is a very soggy mix of hoi sin sauce which has an overpowering taste of soy sauce to it and looks like gunge really. I couldn't find one bit of duck within the wrap but did see a little flakes of carrot and could taste the spring onion. I could detect the spices within it such as garlic, ginger and Chinese 5 spice too. For me though this was an unfilling snack. It smelt nice enough and tasted ok (apart from the lack of duck in it of course lol) but didn't look great due to them being so skinny! They are not horrid, worth a quid but no more than that in my opinion. Try them on offer if interested but don't expect a culinary delight and you won't be disappointed lol! Nutritional Information Per Wrap: Calories: 170 Sugar: 5.6g Fat: 4.2g Saturates: 1.5g Salt: 1.7g Available in all good supermarkets etc costing about £1.50 a box of two.