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Looking at the ingredients the only flavour this has is garlic and soy sauce. Tastes really watered down. Think I'd recommend adding more soy sauce to this to add a bit of flavour shame I didn't have any in the cupboard.
We pick these sachets up in B&M Bargains when they get them in for about 29p, though would be happy to pay the full price. The chow mein is my favourite, while my partner prefers the spicy szechuan.
I am vegetarian so we make a stir fry each in two separate woks (my partner uses chicken while I use Quorn pieces for mine). We use a sachet of Blue Dragon sauce each - they are supposed to do two people and definitely would do if you were both using the same meat, but are a little difficult to split in half, and we like lots of the sauce anyway.
I stir fry my Quorn pieces with a load of veg (onions, peppers, mushrooms, sugar snap peas and mini sweetcorns). Then add one sachet of the chow mein sauce and let it cook through. I usually leave it longer then the packet says (about 10 - 15 minutes) because the Quorn pieces need to heat through. This can mean adding a little bit of water to keep it moist for the full cooking time.
The chow mein is a lovely flavour, rich with a definite taste of garlic. I like my food a little salty so find that I need to add a little soy sauce to mine, but I think this is probably just me!
When i'm at uni the local convenience stores include the local Nisa and general corner shops, bargain booze and Co-Op. I ususally use Nisa as they tend to be reasonably priced and have a wide range of products however recently i'd left my 'big Asda shop' far too late and it was my turn to cook for my house mates! My disaster of serving them beans on toast was averted by a quick dash to the Co-Op. Despite the prices being somewhat more expensive than supermarket prices I picked up a decent meal for myself and 4 others.
I picked up chicken breasts, stir fry vegetables and noodles (which were on offer) and then went in search of a sauce to cook my chicken and vegetables in. I found the sauces located in the refridgerated section on the top shelf which was hard to find so bare this in mind when searching out sauces especially in the Co-Op!
The stir fry sauce came in a pouch that did look quite small due to cooking for 5 people I picked up two pouches of the sauce. The decription of the sauce was 'Chow Mein' I thought that this was a safe option as I knew my housemates like chow mein as a result of our takeaway choices!
The pouch was a really good idea as it was compact for storage and meant that the potion inside served around 2 people instead of buying a massive jar of sauce and the rest going out of date by the time you come to use it again which minimises waste.
I cooked my chicken in a little oil and when it was browned I added the vegetable. Meanwhile I gently cooked the noodles. When my chicken was cooked and my veg was hot I added the sauce. It came out of the packet really easily and instantly had a strong chow mein smell which was really pleasant. The flavours of the sauce really came out in the chicken and veg making the chicken moist and the veg flavoursome.
The flavour was exactly like a chinese chow mein that you'd get from a takeaway and was quite sweet which complimented the vegetables which probably would have been quite bland on its own! There was quite a strong onion taste too which was really nice and added to the flavour as a whole.
My housemates all commented on how the texture, taste and smell of the sauce and were all asking where I'd bought it from. For a quick meal it had a very good reception and 5 empty plates resulted. The sauce costs just 55p for a 120g pouch.
I really enjoy Chinese food but a takeaway is usually expensive and unhealthy so I try to limit my intake to about once a month. On a recent trip to Asda I spotted Blue Dragon sauce pouches on offer for 2 for £1 which is very cheap indeed, usual price 53p each. I know it's not a big saving but these pouches are good value anyway and there was plenty of choice so I decided to pop a couple in my basket. I picked a Sweet Chilli and Garlic Stir Fry Sauce and a Chow Mein Stir Fry Sauce which I will be reviewing now.
The sauce comes is a little pouch, they're handy as they don't take up as much space as glass jars, there's 120g in the pouch which is the perfect portion size for two people. I find the pouch is the perfect size as the jars often hold four portions and I usually just cook Chinese type food for just me when my parents are having something I aren't too keen on. The jars have to be eaten within four days meaning there's often a lot of waste left over whereas with the pouch it's easy to eat the two portions within the four day period.
To cook the Chow Mein it's incredibly easy. I basically get some chicken and slice it up, cooking it off in a frying pan, I then add vegetables, and this for me is usually a pack of stir fry vegetables from the supermarket which makes it even easier. I cook everything for a few minutes until the vegetables are softening then add the sauce in. The sauce is quite runny but it does coat all your ingredients well. In another pan I heat up fresh egg noodles with a little soy sauce and spring onion, I don't mix it all in as the flavour of the sauce obviously gets weaker as it's shared amongst more ingredients.
The sauce is really delicious and has a very authentic Chow Mein flavour. The soy makes the sauce slightly salty but at the same time the sugar in the sauce gives it a slightly sweet flavour. There's also a subtle garlic and chilli flavour and it all works really well together. If you let your meat and vegetables cook off in the sauce for a few minutes they really take on the flavour.
Nutritional Information Per 60g (1/2 pack):
of which is sugars: 7g
of which is saturates: 0.2g
I have been really impressed by Blue Dragon Chow Mein Stir Fry Sauce, it's tasty, healthy and easy to make. It's really cheap as well, giving you authentic Chinese flavours for a fraction of the price of a takeaway.
Recently in my local generic Supermarket they had a BOGOF (BUy One, Get One free) offer on Blue Dragon sauces. As I often do Roast Chicken at home and always have some meat left over, I decided to buy one Chow Mein and one Sweet And Sour sauce to make myself a little bit of homemade chinese. The first one I tried was the Sweet And Sour and this was really nice, authentic and tasted just like the one I have had out of our local take-away. So it was with great anticipation that I looked forward to my Chow Mein!
Unfortunately this time around the taste was not as good! I felt very disappointed and thought the end result was really not what I was expecting. My only experience of Chow Mein is from my local and this tasted nowhere even near to that! In fact all I could really taste was Ginger, of which the label says there is only a minimum amount. (Around 3%)
Normally I like Ginger but in this sauce it was all I could taste! I did have my doubts when I added the sauce to my wok already simmering with vegetables and noodles but thought perhaps it would taste better when cooked through....no such luck!
It tastes quite sweet and has a not unpleasent but overly strong aroma.....the only good thing I could find to ay aboput it is that it is of a nice texture which coats the other ingredients as opposed to other branded sauces which can often be a bit thin and watery. Unfortunately because it coated the other ingredients so well, the sauce was all we could taste!
These are the ingredients:
Ingredients: Water, Sugar, Light Soy Sauce (7%) (Water, Salt, Soya Beans, Roasted Wheat, Sugar), Onion, Modified Maize Starch, Ginger purée (3%), Vegetable Oil, Garlic purée, Yeast Extract, Colour: Plain Caramel; Chinese Five Spice, Citric Acid, Chilli Powder.
All I can think is that the Chinese Five Spice combined with the Ginger is what must give this sauce such a strong and overly sweet aftertaste. It is a shame then that these two ingredients combine to drown out any other flavours!
The sauce comes in a 425g jar and was priced a little under £2 and only the fact that I got one jar free makes this seem in any way worth it. Apart from that my feelings for this were pretty straightforward.....I certainly won't be buying it again! It is suitable for Vegetarians AND Vegans but this is little consolation for a product which is defintely not one of Blue Dragon's best!!!
From time to time I lose interest in cooking as no feedback or compliments are received. My husband eats everything I put in front of him but never says a word whether he liked it or not. My kids are tricky nowadays as they want to eat alone but they cannot eat all types of food properly, so often they give up. They don't allow me any more to feed them so they eat what they can and I clean what they couldn't eat...
The other day I went to the Tesco to buy something I can cook. I had no idea what to cook, just wanted something that can be prepared quickly. It came into my mind that I red a review on Thai red chilli chicken curry so I went to the isle where curries are. This time the red chilli chicken curry wasn't in stock but I discovered the Blue Dragon branded sauces.
There were at least 5 different sauces and I picked up 3 of them as they looked very tempting. The one I tried already is the Stir Fry Chow Mein. The sauce is packed in a plastic pouch and costs 89 pence so you don't risk too much by trying it. The text on the package says "A subtle blend of fresh onions, soy sauce and spices create this Chinese classic".
The recipe on the back of the package provides the following shopping list for the Chicken Chow Mein: 200 g chicken breast, 1 pack wok noodles, 1 medium onion, 5 mushrooms, 1 small carrot and 150 g beansprouts. I bought a pack of fresh stir fry vegetable to Chinese food instead of individual vegetables as they were ready to stir fry.
I diced the chicken breast the I poured a little oil in my wok and fried them on high temperature then I added the vegetables and fried them for a couple of minutes. When they were almost ready I added the noodles and finally the sauce. I tasted it and found it a bit bland so I added about 2 tablespoons of reduced salt soy sauce. My Chinese friend told me she uses this for its flavour, the normal one for its colour. The result was a delicious stir fry meal. The dish wasn't hot at all. You could feel the soy sauce's taste and due to the caramel used the dish was a bit sweet. The spices were in harmony and I really liked this sauces. I really liked it. My sons could eat about half of their usual quantity. The meal was enough for 4 of us and there is a portion left for dinner for my husband.
The ingredients of this sauce are: water, sugar, light soy sauce, onion, maize starch, ginger, rapessed iol, yeast extract, garlic, caramel, citric acid, chilli.
The sauce is suitable for vegetarians. Its texture is somewhere between water and jelly. It was easy to pour it out from the pouch. It is brown. The energy content is 85 kcal/100 g. The pouch contained 120 g sauce.
Overall I think this was a brilliant meal and was ready in 15 minutes. I will keep some sauces at home for times when a quick meal is needed. For more information about the product please visit www.bluedragon.com
I am always looking for new ideas to liven up my meals and I had grown tired recently of eating the same things, I had been eating for the last few months. I therefore planned out a completely new two week menu, with lots of lovely new ideas.
One of these new meals was a salad, comprising of lettuce, tomato, cucumber and cold, sliced boiled egg. I decided that I fancied a more interesting chip and bought in some curly fries. I also wanted stir-fry chicken-style Quorn to finish off the dish and wanted an inexpensive sauce that wasn't too strong in flavour, to keep the whole meal reasonably light and fresh on the palate.
I came across Blue Dragon Stir Fry Chow Mein Sauce and as I have had chow mein on many an occasion, I knew the sauce was not too strong.
This sauce comes in a 120g plastic sachet, which is very easily opened by snipping off the top corner. The packet is different from the one pictured above. It is now dark blue along the top and bottom and pale green in the middle, with a close up picture, of a dish of chow mein.
The sauce has quite a thick consistency and you do have to give the sachet a good squeeze to get all of the mixture out. I added it to my already cooked Quorn and just heated it through for a few minutes. I only wanted a light coating, so it actually covered enough Quorn for all five of us.
This really is a lovely sauce, it is smooth and any ingredients have been well blended. It has a dark golden colour to it, which is very attractive and it lightly colours the Quorn. The flavour is light and quite salty, you can definitely taste the onion and spices, but the flavours are not strong. I think that is the reason this sauce works well in many dishes, rather than just noodle based ones.
Water, Sugar, Onion (6%), Light Soy Sauce (6%) (Water, Salt, Soya Beans, Roasted Wheat, Sugar), Ginger, Rapeseed Oil, Maize Starch, Yeast Extract, Garlic, Colour: Caramel, Citric Acid, Chilli Powder.
*Nutritional Value Per 60g Serving*
Energy - 54kcal
Protein - 0.6g
Carbohydrate - 8.5g
of which sugars - 6.5g
Fat - 1.9g
of which saturates - 0.1g
Fibre - 0.1g
Sodium - 0.2g
Salt equivalent - 0.5g
This product contains soya/soybeans, wheat and gluten. It is free from artificial colours and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
It should be stored in a cool, dry place. Once opened, refrigerate and use within 2 days.
Blue Dragon Stir Fry Chow Mein Sauce is available from Tesco in a 120g sachet for 56p.
This is fantastic value for such a great tasting sauce and I will definitely be buying it on a regular basis. I'll also be trying out some of their other flavours.
In my opinion, this sauce is worthy of 5 stars, not only for it's great flavour, but it's inexpensive price tag too!
I fancied some noodles yesterday but couldn't decide what sauce to have with them, I went to Morrisons to see what I could find and ended up coming home with a sachet of Blue Dragon Chow Mein sauce. It cost about £1.29 for the sachet, it's supposed to do 2 servings but like the rest of the Blue Dragon sauces it's more like 1 1/2 servings because there is too much for 1 person but not quite enough for 2.
You do your stir fry as normal and just add the sauce at the end, I was using Straight To Wok noodles so it was even easier. I made sure the chicken was cooked all the way through and put the sauce in with the noodles just for a couple of minutes to heat up.
I LOVE most of these sauce sachets but wasn't mad keen on this one because I thought it had a very greasy feel to it. It tastes a bit like the Chow Mein I get from the Chinese take away but has got a salty flavour that comes through big time after each mouth full.
The taste is hard to describe apart from being salty and greasy because that's all Chow Mein is! lol It coated the meat and noodles good and does taste pretty nice, it's the greasy TEXTURE that puts me off not the greasy TASTE because I think the sauce goes wicked with the blander taste of the noodles and chicken. I also put a few vegetables in the stir fry and the flavour of the sauce went nice with them as well, it made the beansprouts hold onto the grease a bit and that put me off but over all it made a proper nice meal.
I think it's a nice sauce from Blue Dragon but there are other ones that taste nicer, if you fancy Chow Mein then I reckon this is probably the best shop brought sauce but just don't expect miracles for just over a quid a sachet.
Recommended..... but a bit greasy!!!
The Blue Dragon range is being given a go in our house these days as I'm on the look out for reviewable items and this passes for the type of item I'm looking for. When residing in the UK, I'd probably give this a different rating due to the fact that there's a plethora of sauces to choose from and the competition is quite good. You only really come to appreciate this product when the other Chinese sauces on offer are sweet and bland.
I like cooking and I like making up my own sauces but lately I haven't had time, this sachet of chow mein sauce has come in handy, immediately livening up chicken and rice dishes, I just toss it in a frying pan with the chicken towards the end of the cooking process. Vegetables in the form of peppers and the like would also amply absorb the taste though I imagine.
I've tried a few packets of the Blue Dragon range and so far I've found that the Chow Mein flavour despite having quite a rich flavour, seems to be a neutral one that pleases all diners. Chow mein is of course not a particularly complicated mixture - consisting of garlic, soya sauce, sesame oil and pepper but getting the proportions right and fiddling around with it is too long-winded for me at the moment and this cheap packet serves as an excellent substitute for the homemade version.
The packets are easy to cut open and although the sauce does not generally look enough for two (which is what it claims), it is quite rich so can be watered down a bit too make it go further. It seems impossible to get all of the sauce out of the packet, just as some juice seems to stay in certain cartons. It's frustrating but not the end of the world - you can always cut the whole package open and wipe it clean if you are that desperate!
I am a terrible cook to be totally honest with you! However that doesn't mean that I don't appreciate nice food cos I do! It's just if I'm cooking it's only for me so I tend to eat toast or something quick like that and if I want something more adventurous I will simply buy some sort of ready meal! However the other day I was in my local Sainsbury's store and I spotted these little pouches of Blue dragon cook in sauce that looked ideal for a meal for one person and when I read the back of the pouches details it sounded really simple to do! My only problem is at 43p each I couldn't decide which to try as there are alot of flavours available but in the end I decided to try this one first, see how I got on and if it was as simple to make a meal with it as it sounded then I'd go back and get all the others too!
Well it's a light green and blue plastic pouch. On the front there is a picture of a chow mein meal and in black writing I'm told it's Blue Dragon Stir Fry Chow Mein Sauce 'A subtle blend of fresh onions, soy sauce and spices create this Chinese classic' and that it's perfect with chicken, pork or prawns and that it is 120g in size (only size this is available in to purchase) and that it serves 2 people. On the back of the sachet there is a recipe suggestion for Pork Chow Mein, a general how to use it guide, nutritional information as is ingredients and allergy advice is given, I'm told to keep it refridgerated, the best before date is clearly stamped on, contact details for G Costa & Co Ltd are given (the manufacturer of the product) and finally there is a bar-code on there. Nice easy to understand and store packaging this is and I like the little nick in the side of the pouch to make it easier to open.
Me Eating It....
Well basically you simply fry meat or vegetables of your choice first , add the contents of the sachet and continue stirring until thoroughly heated through and serve it with rice or noodles type of thing.
Me using It....
This is fantastic and I really mean that! First off if your a complete novice at using anything like this there is a pork chow mein recipe given on the back, listing all the ingredients you need and how to prepare everything to make an authentic Chinese meal and then your told how to cook it step by step......and talk about easy! Their version of a Chinese chow mein is basically meat (you can omit it of course) and a selection of vegetables and to stir in cooked noodles and the whole thing is done in minutes.
However me....well I like to fry off some breast of chicken off with some sliced onions, mushrooms and red pepper for a few minutes then drain off any excess oil and/or water and then plonk this runny, dark sauce over it for a few minutes until it's hot, smelling highly fragrant and is slightly bubbling and then I serve it with rice or make my chow mein mix into butties! lol.
The sauce as I have said is quite runny and the more ingredients you use the less visible sauce you have. Personally I'd say if cooking for 2 people to get two of these mixes the first time you use it just in case you feel there isn't enough sauce. For me I use a whole packet and that's without adding a portion of noodles to my chow mein or anything like that!
So it's dark brown in colour and sort of clear looking. Smells garlic and of soy sauce and if your familiar with the aroma of oyster sauce this is what it smells like to me. It does contain chicken bouillon and dried chicken so it isn't vegetarian and is very rich and meaty tasty tasting with a natural salty taste (down to the soy sauce it contains) and is quite sweet which is again really blended in and not to harsh or in your face.
It's spicy, not hot though and has a slight onion taste to it, again which isn't overpowering and when it's well cooked through it coats everything has a hint of chilli hotness to it (though as I have said it really isn't hot as such) and contains a wee bit of crunch to the sauce (which I think is onions).
All in all....
One of the most simple and enjoyable meals I've made myself in ages. Fuss free, I can bung whatever I like in it really and then if I want to make it for someone else to impress them I can use something like King prawns and tinned water chestnuts etc! It's tasty and easy to make a rather healthy meal from it and it's recommended from me as a speedy, tasty meal for one anytime!
Contains Egg, Gluten: Wheat, milk, Shellfish, Soya
Nutritional Information Per 60g (1/2 pack)....
of which is sugars: 7g
of which is saturates: 0.2g
I purchased mine in Sainsbury's but I have seen these available in all sorts of places lately including Asda and Tesco!
I love the idea of eating home made stir frys but usually all mine end up tasting the same. Honestly, no matter what i have thrown in it somehow gets this taste that is lacking in flavour and aroma, bland would be a way to descibe it. That was until blue dragon came and rescued me! I love chow mein. It is my favourite chinese dish. I actually think i am obsessed with noodles. What's great is that if you use a little oil it can be a really healthy and nutritious meal.
What Blue Dragon say:
Blue Dragon Stir Fry Chow Mein Sauce is a subtle blend of fresh onion, soy sauce and spices creates this Chinese classic.
What you get and from where:
The sauces come in handy little pouches and in a variety of flavours. This is my staple that i can chuck any meat or veg in and it tastes fab. In the packet you get enough to serve 2. A 120g pack costs me just 50p from Sainsburys. It also is available from Asda and Tesco as well as chinese supermarkets.
The nutritional info:
Each 60g serving contains Calories 54, Sugar 6.5g, Fat 1.9g, Saturates 0.1g , Salt 0.5g. Notable for me out of this nonesence is that it is low in saturated fat. I am a weight watcher and its only a point per portion.
What's in the sauce:
As mentioned above this sauce is heavily flavoured with onion. The predominant flavourings are ginger, soy and chilli. That being said it is not overly spicy or hot. It is suitable to serve to adventurous children.
How i use it:
You can of course do what you want with it. To be honest throw it in some plain noodles and it tastes great. I brown my meat or chicken off first, add veg and stir fry for five minutes. Then i add cooked noodles and add in this sauce. I just warm it through and serve.
What i think:
This sauce is delicious. It is aromatic without being overpowering. I have never been disappointed when having this. It is a great store cupboard staple as a meal can be trown together in 10 minutes. I also love how cheap this is. It really is great value for money and there is enough in the pouch to happily serve 2. Once i've made the meal as above the noodles are nicely coated in the sauce without being overly sticky. What i also like is when cooking using this the kitchen is filled with a gorgeous aroma. I love, love chow mein, but when i buy from the take away it is too greasy. By using this sauce i get the same great taste but without the oil. A really great sauce!