“ Brand: Asda / Type: Sauces „
I'm sure anyone who regularly reads my reviews knows by now that I'm not the best of cooks and tend to stick to frozen food. However, the one thing that I do cook since my husband became a huge fan of it when we visited Thailand last year, is sweet and sour chicken with rice. I don't make it completely from scratch but it's the best you'll get from me! I buy a jar of sweet and sour sauce to tip over the chicken and rice once it's cooked. I usually vary between the sauce jars that I buy depending on what's on offer at the time but the one which I find myself buying most often is Asda's Good for you Sweet & Sour Cooking Sauce.
The jar claims that it is a tangy sweet and sour sauce with pineapple, red and green peppers, carrot and onion. It comes in a clear glass jar with a green twisty lid. You can easily distinguish that it's in the Good for you brand as the label around the jar has the Good for you symbol - a sunflower with a yellow middle and green petals. You can see through the jar that the colour of the sauce is a deep orangey-red colour. When you open the jar it has quite a strong sweet and sour smell and I can also smell the pineapple overpowering the other ingredients.
The cooking instructions on the jar advise that it can either be heated on the hob or in the oven mixed with the food it's being made with but I prefer to just stick however much I need in a microwaveable bowl, cover with clingfilm, heat in the microwave for a couple of minutes and then simply pour it over the food.
I'm not usually keen on either peppers or carrots but in this sauce they're very soft and I find myself eating them all. The carrots are very thinly sliced which makes them easy to eat for people who don't like them. I love pineapple with sweet and sour chicken and the pineapple chunks in this are delicious- very soft and sweet tasting - although I would like a few more in the pot but that's just my personal opinion as I know a lot of people don't like the fruit. It's a fairly sweet sauce, sweeter than that which you get in a typical Chinese restaurant or take away and it's also a thinner sauce and so tastes that little bit lighter.
I usually find that half a jar is enough sauce for a Chinese style meal for both my husband and I. However, if you're making a meal for more than two people or something like a casserole, then the whole jar would probably be needed.
The 590g jar costs 98p whereas a 500g jar of Uncle Ben's sweet and sour sauce costs much more at £1.62 and, having tasted them both, I can't really tell that there's much difference which makes Asda's brand much better value. It's in the Good for you range as it contains only 99 calories per quarter jar, less than 1% fat and no artificial flavours or hydrogenated fat.
This is the perfect cheap and quick to prepare sauce to add to any meal which gives a delicious sweet yet slightly tangy taste.