“ Brand: Amoy / Type: Sauces „
When it comes to cooking it's not something I'm very good at to be perfectly honest with you. I live on ready meals and bread really, anything quick is my forte! However from time to time even I need warm food and I'm not completely useless in the kitchen...with a cook in sauce that is anyway lol.. I love Chinese style dishes so I grabbed one of these in my local Tesco store priced at £1.39 a jar (available in all good supermarkets etc) and decided to buy some chicken. You can of course use any meat or meat substitute that you like within this. The idea is that you fry off your own ingredients and then drain the fat off and stir this in and let it simmer for 4-5 minutes (easy cooking instructions there eh?! lol). The Jar: Clear glass and holds 435g of the sauce. There is an easy black screw on/off lid to the top of it and around the front of the jar I'm told it is Amoy 'Est 1908' Cooking Sauce Yellow Bean, Soy & Cashew Nuts 'A blend of cashew nuts, soy sauce and tomato with a touch of Szechuan pepper' and there are some Chinese symbols on there and a photograph of what I assume is a yellow bean. On the rest of the jar other information on it includes being told a bit about the product, your given a recipe suggestion, the size is stated, contact details for HP Foods are given (the manufacturer of this product), nutritional information is listed as are the ingredients and allergy advice given. Nice enough jar, informative enough and I would say that by the looks of this it's meant to serve 4 people (It doesn't say that it's just the recipe given serves 4 and you only need one jar of this!), Using It: Well the sauce is a light brown with bits in it that look like dark spices and small chippings of cashew nuts. When you open the jar your met with a really not very pleasant smell of strong soy sauce. It's really heavy in aroma and I was worried just by the whiff of it as it was so nasty! So me, well I fried off some chicken, mushrooms and onions, drained all that off and poured this in. Most poured but it is a quite thick consistency when cold so you do have to scrape a lot out of the jar. I allowed it to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring it frequently and the sauce seemed to go a bit thinner and the smell by this point was really strong of the soy sauce. Taste wise I absolutely hated it. Believe me it takes a lot for me to dislike something after-all I am a human trash can but even I after a few mouthfuls couldn't take any more and felt positively repulsed and ill! It tastes really sweet and you can taste the tomatoes in it. It tasted really strongly of soy sauce, garlic and ginger and if that wasn't enough the smell had a caramelised sort of burnt smell to it too (which mine wasn't burnt!). The consistency of it was ok and I could see the cashews but they had no flavour to them at all. As for chillies and peppers and that all important Szechuan pepper blend.... nope I couldn't detect any of that at all. All this tasted of to me was salty soy and tomatoes. I couldn't detect half the ingredients meant to be in this such as yellow bean simply because I think that the soy overpowered everything else. Too sweet, too smelly and far too rich in salty flavour for me I'm afraid and I wouldn't touch it again if I was literally starving lol Allergy Advice: Contains: nuts, gluten, wheat, soya. May contain: egg, milk Nutritional Information per 100g Serving: Energy: 88 calories Protein: 2.0g Carbohydrate: 11.9g of which sugars: 8.5g Fat: 3.6g of which saturates: 0.5g Fibre: 1.3g Sodium: 0.7g salt equivalent: 1.6g Available in all good supermarkets etc.