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For someone who could not stomach sweet or sour condiments or sauces etc, I have grown to love this brand and sauce on an epic scale. As part of a now must-have store cupboard ingredients, this has transformed many a dishes and improved my cooking skills no end. Okay, I hide behind the bottle and claim I made it!
The BLUE DRAGON branding is possibly one of the most well known Chinese sauce companies, with the current diet I'm on I wasn't expecting to be allowed to taste fabulous foods and this has been a treat. Using this diet has also meant I sometimes can't pick up a specific brand when I can and have to grab another brand or version. Nothing seems to quite measure up to BLUE DRAGON. The taste is very good quality, the products are easy to re-seal and keep fresh.
With this dipping sauce you can add it to a dish you are cooking within the wok, it doesn't have to be a 'dipping' sauce as such.
TO COOK WITH
SALADS [a great way to liven up what could be a bland dish!]
MASH [yes you can add this to mash-taste wonderful and different]
TO DIP WITH:
This is 'sweet' but there is a lovely hint of chilli and garlic which can take the edge of the sweetness off if you can't handle it.
This is available in two size, 190ml or 300ml
I would highly recommend this x
Blue Dragon is a well known brand for oriental sauces and foods and is available is most good supermarkets. I am a big fan of sweet chilli sauce, I have tried many different brands and this is definitely one of my favourites.
The sauce itself is quite thick, especially compared to alot of other brands which can be quite runny. The taste is a mix of chilly, garlic and a syruppy sweet taste. Each of these balances out the other perfectly. The sauce is sweet and tangy, and afterwards has that kick to it that you would expect from a chilli sauce. The chilli isnt too hot or spicy however, and doesnt ruin the taste of the sauce or burn your mouth, it is just the right amount of spice.
Water, Sugar, Red Chilli (20%), Fructose Syrup (Glucose - Fructose, Saccharides), Fresh Garlic (6%), Pickled Garlic (5%), Salt, Thickener : Modified Tapioca Starch, Acidity Regulator, Acetic Acid.
I use this sauce with just about anything, sausages, fish, chicken, beef. It is also good for marinating meats in, or for stiring into rice or stirfrys.
Overall I rate this sauce very highly as it is great tasting and versatile. It is also currently on offer in Tesco for £1 a bottle - which is a bargain!
I like a bit of spice, but then most of us do every now and then. Trouble is I don't like mine too nippy, it makes my nose run and I start sneezing, so I need a dipping sauce that has a kick, but not quite as a mule. There are many dipping sauces out there some chunky some smooth and some somewhere in between. Funny that in between, pretty much sums up where I feel I am at the moment, but that's nothing to do with the sauce. Blue dragon is a brand I have used before with their extensive range of stir fry mixes and sauces. so I trusted them and when I saw Farmfoods had it for a quid I dived in.
The curvy bottle seems pretty much standard these days, and the blue labelling did pretty much convey the Blue Dragon brand, but it was the contents, which I could see clearly through the glass bottle that intrigued me more. Hooray it was an inbetweeny sauce not too chunky and not too smooth. I could see the small bits of peppers floating in the thick reddish liquid. It looked quite inviting so I popped it into the shopping basket.
As it happens ( in a Jimmy Saville voice ) we were have rice for tea so I decided to try out the sauce in a way in which I'm guessing it was never intended. I cooked the rice and it was almost ready to serve, I then proceeded to put a large quantity of the 300ml bottle into the cooked rive and mix through. I'm guessing that it was perhaps about 150ml I put in, not an exact science since I was experimenting. There was some other bits intended for the rice, which was being served with a pork chop, but I decided to save them for another day and stick with the experiment. My chop was almost cooked................I like it nice and crispy on the outside, almost burnt in fact, which is lucky since that's pretty much how everything turns out in our house..........................joke Mrs D. Served up and ready to taste I grabbed myself the fork and tucked straight in. Deliciously moist and nippy with a bit of a crunch. Kind of fruity too, in a strange kind of way. A very nice experience indeed and a lovely accompaniment to the pork chop. A success, not all of my experiments quite work out as planned.
I've had worse sauces, which cost a hell of a lot more, so I think for my quid I got a very good deal, and a very good meal. The texture was just right, it wasn't too nippy and the consistency was pretty good, another quid well spent. There were other variations on the same shelf, which I will in all probability have to try too. At least now I will not be guessing since I now know the quality a flavour are good as well as the great price. Definitely one to recommend.
This is a regular feature in my shopping basket these days and I always have at least one bottle in my cupboard.
This sauce is great for people who like a bit of flavour and a kick but don't want their food so spicy you have to drink gallons of water. Its flavoursome, tasty and delicious without being too strong. The main flavour in the sauce is garlic, with enough chilli to give it a bit of a spicy tang. It is also pretty sweet, as the name would suggest, but not at all sickly and unlike other similar sauces its light and refreshing rather than gloopy and syrupy.
Its very versatile and I've used it in lots of meals such as sandwiches, buffets, to dip crisps and things into, as a stir fry sauce and even with sushi as an alternative to soy sauce (it works especially well with Salmon Ngiri). One slight problem I've found with using it as a stir fry sauce is that, even though this is my favourite way to eat it, cooking it does seem to dampen the flavour a bit so you have to use more to maintain the spiciness, this can get a bit expensive as I find one bottle will only stretch to about 4 stir frys and with a bottle costing nearly £2 thats a bit pricey.
So the only issue I have with it is that its a little bit expensive for the amount you get. If you're as addicted as I am you go through it quite quickly, I would like the option to buy a bigger bottle which I don't think exists at the moment, so I hope the manufacturers stumble across this review!
Oh, another good point I forgot about, the design of the bottle is good. You don't end up with sticky sauce all over the bottle, your hands and the table! Being glass, its also recyclable which is a big plus for me.
I have Blue Dragon Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce on just about anything, from chicken salad, to pizza, to fish fingers, to boiled eggs, to noodles, to Spring rolls.....it works as an accompaniment to so many different dishes. Despite being a traditional Thai sauce, it really isn't just for Thai and Oriental food.
Its taste is a mixture of garlic and chili combined together in a sweet syrupy base. For me, this particular dipping sauce has just the right balance of everything. It is sweet but the sweetness is not overpowering and its offset by the face that it does have a bit of a kick to it, but again, not so overpowering a kick that it masks the taste of the food that its supposed to be complimenting! It's consistency is thick and gloopy which allows food to be coated wherever you want it coated and it sticks to the food so it does not all run off as you lift it from the plate to your mouth. It also gives a really nice colour if drizzled over an otherwise bland looking plate of food.
It works well as a stand alone sauce as well as a cooking ingredient in stir fry. I often marinade my chicken in it when I'm making a chicken and bacon salad and find that it really helps to give the chicken more flavour. Similarly its delicious drizzled over fish fingers in a deluxe fish finger sandwich.
Water, Sugar, Red Chilli (20%), Fructose Syrup (Glucose - Fructose, Saccharides), Fresh Garlic (6%), Pickled Garlic (5%), Salt, Thickener : Modified Tapioca Starch, Acidity Regulator, Acetic Acid.
I usually buy this sauce in Waitrose where a 380g bottle is £1.92 and can be found in the World Foods aisle.
Overall, I highly recommend this for anyone who likes their food to have taste and flavour! My local Thai restaurant even admit to using it so that's endorsement enough!
Blue Dragon Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce comes in a 190ml glass bottle that costs 1.16 from Asda. The one that I regularly buy and use is the original version (which is what I will be reviewing today).
I absolutely love this dipping sauce. The taste is as the bottle would suggest; sweet and garlicky with a nice but subtle kick from the chilli. Although the sauce contains chilli I would not say that the sauce is spicy.
Always a nice touch on a food product is recommendations for use. Blue dragon Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce provides examples of when there product can be used. Unsurprisingly, from the name, the product can be used as a dipping sauce (the bottle suggests for spring rolls, prawn crackers and Thai fish cakes). This sauce always comes out whenever I'm eating a Chinese takeaway.
The bottle then goes on to suggest adding the sauce to stir fries and salad dressings. From my experience, sweet chilli dipping sauce does turn a boring salad into something delicious. Furthermore, I always add this sweet chilli dipping sauce into my noodles and chow mein dishes (along with soy sauce).
However, rather randomly it suggests stirring the sauce into mash. I haven't tried this yet and to be honest I don't think I will. That being said, I do tend to add this sauce into the most random dishes like pastas just for some extra flavour!
Another nice addition to this product is it directs users to visit their website www.bluedragon.com for further recipe ideas.
I have just had a quick look on their website and there does seem to be a lot of recipes. However, they aren't all necessarily for this product. Instead they are for the whole Blue Dragon range. Nevertheless, I feel it's a nice touch.
The bottle states that the dipping sauce is suitable for vegans and vegetarians and that it is free from artificial colourings. However, the bottle also states that the product is manufactured in a factory that uses sesame (there is no other allergy information).
The bottle suggests that 6 servings are possible from this 190ml bottle. However, I usually get much more than 6 servings from this size bottle.
Ingredients (taken from the bottle):
Fructose syrup (glucose-fructose saccharides)
Pickled garlic (fresh garlic, water, salt, acetic acid)
Thickener (modified tapioca starch)
Acidity regulator (acetic acid, salt)
Nutritional information per 100ml (taken from the bottle):
Energy: 972kj/229 kcal
Carbohydrates: 55.1g (of which sugars 54.7g)
Fat: 0.7g (of which saturates 0.0g)
Overall an essential ingredient to have in your kitchen!
This sauce, which is a blend of chillis and garlic, claims to be one of Thailands favourite foods.
It can be eaten cold as a dip for chinese snacks or as a dressing on a salad but it is just as delicious eaten hot as a stir fry sauce or marinade (particulary on beef!)
Personally my favourite option is as a dip and recently brought wild west and Asia together by using it as dip for nachos!... suprisingly tasty!
The sauce is great as there are only 69 kcals per serving and 0g saturated fat, so if like me you follow the weight watcher programme it works out to be 1 point.... and trust me its a point well spent! It is also suitable for vegetarians and vegans and is free from artificial colours.
Unfortunately it is not suitable for those with an allergy against sesame.
The taste is hard to describe but it has a definite kick to it and almost has a slightly smokey flavour. It is orange in colour and has a great texture- not chunky but not entirely smooth.
It comes in a glass bottle with a plastic ring pull under the lid that needs to be removed before opening- don't know if it was me being particularly weak, but this was quite difficult to open!
Once into it though it is very easy to pour out.
This delicious sauce costs £1.17 for a 190ml bottle from most supermarkets.
It has a good shelf life of 4 weeks once opened if kept in the fridge.
I would not buy another sweet chilli sauce after trying this one, it is definitely the best!! 100% recommend!
Blue Dragon's Thai sweet chili sauce; this is one of my favorite products, it's just so versatile.
On the surface this is a basic sauce for Chinese/ Thai dishes, and it is great with chicken, a vegetable stir fry or some noodles/ chow mein. It is also really good for dipping, going well with prawn crackers or spring rolls.
With its slightly spicy and very sweet taste it compliments Asian food very well, and it's not too spicy so even your gran can give it a go.
But it does more; I've added it to traditional chilies, in sandwiches and even on jacket potatoes.
The only downsize is that where I live my local supermarkets do not make their own brand so it is a little bit expensive, around one pound fifty for a relatively small glass bottle. But my family is always buying it. It is a healthy option too only being 1% fat yay 
If it sounds your cup of tea go find a bottle then try my favorite recipe with it;
1 tablespoon on sweet chilli.
3 tablespoons of peanut butter.
1 tablespoon of soy sauce.
Half a clove of garlic chopped finely.
Then add boiling water until you reach your required consistency.
If it's not spicy enough for you add more sweet chili.
Then cook your chicken or beef and add to it for the last few minutes to warm the sauce up.
A great bottle to liven up nearly any dish, every cupboard should have a bottle in it.
If you have any questions feel free to message me
I'm a fan of Chinese foods and quite often I make myself a stir-fry. If I'm a bit short on cash I will even make the sauce myself.
One of the ingrediants I always use is a sweet Chilli sauce. I recently bought this Red Dragon Sweet Chilli Sauce and here's the ingenius part, it's in a squeezy bottle. This means that the sauce pours out more freely but I'm not wasting it as I'm able to control how much comes out of the bottle.
I will also use this as a dip to go with spring rolls, prawn crackers or wontons. It really is versitile.
Red Dragon is one of my favourite sweet Chilli sauces. I find the balance of this one is just right. The sweetness is a delicate taste that doesn't overpower the kick of the chilli and the chilli isn't that hot it feels like your mouth is on fire.
One little niggle though is the tiny bits of chopped chilli that are in the sauce often get stuck to the roof of my mouth or, even worse, in my throat. For this reason I would not give this sauce to young children.
I bought my sauce from Tesco but I have forgotten the price and it is not on their website, only the hot sweet Chilli sauce and I wouldn't eat the hot one. If I remember to check the price next time I'm shopping I will add this information to my review.
I'm a big fan of anything spicy and I really enjoy eating and preparing Indian, Chinese and South-east Asian food. I regularly cook stir-fries but never use prepared sauces, prefering to rely on soy sauce, sesame oil and the flavours from the herbs or spices I've used in the marinades. So when I first decided to try this some years ago now, I was a bit doubtful. That didn't last long as the first whiff as I opened the bottle made we want to just spoon it down on the spot. So now, just as I like to have a choice of chutnies when I'm eating Indian I do love a bit of dipping sauce with Chinese.
I've tried several sweet chilli sauces since then, including those from my Chinese supermarket, but nothing compares to Blue Dragon. I confess, that I will even sometimes go to the fridge with a spoon and just fill it with sauce!.
I find that it's the perfect accompaniment, whether you just want to dip your prawn crackers and spring rolls, or stir a spoonful through your bowl of fried rice. I also regularly use it as an ingredient in my marinades.
If you can find it, the best way to buy it is in the squeezy bottle. Last time I found it in Sainsbury's, it was a lot cheaper per 100gm than the glass bottle, but they don't always have it. I don't care though; I'd buy it in old socks if it was the only way I could get it.
My rating: 10/10 (think I'll go and have spoonful now!)
My young daughter is a bit of a chilli fied. She loves a bit of spice, and even if she's teething or off her food for some reason, a bit of heat helps her eat. This chilli sauce does the trick. She particularly likes it with sausages.
For the adults in the house, this is a nice spicy sauce with a lovely sweetness to it. It's not too sweet, just sweet enough to underpin the heat and give it a full, robust flavour.
The texture is superb for dipping - not too runny, but also no lumps. It doesn't stay in the bowl as you dip, causing you to have to prod unseemly at it, and neither does it drip off your chicken, carrot stick or what have you in an unseemly manner.
It comes in two versions, a glass bottle as pictured, and a squeezy bottle. I have the squeezy bottle, and even towards the end of the bottle it keeps a nice flow (something I wish was true of ketchups!) That could be because I use it quite a lot.
Very tasty for curries, or for giving a bit of zing to sausages, chops or chicken portions, this also works well with chips, or on cheese on toast. Try adding a dollop to soup, too! (I also like to add some to the mince for bolognese).
A quick peer at the label suggests it's suitable for vegetarians, too.
I have a fiance who loves absolutely everything with 'Sweet Chilli' sauce and this means that I've developed a bit of a habit of using it as well.
This sauce comes in a tall, thin glass bottle (different to the one pictured which I believe is the old packaging). The bottle is clear which means you can see the red coloured sauce within and see the bits of fresh garlic (6%) and pickled garlic (5%) as well as pieces of fresh red chilli (20%).
The sauce is quite thick when poured but does still flow quite fast so take care when pouring! Also, give it a little shake before use to make sure everything is more evenly mixed.
The sauce is ideal for adding to mash, curries, Thai & Chinese food as well as just using as a standard dip with almost anything including chicken bits and chips.
The sauce is deliciously spicy without being too over the top, it has a delicious Thai/Chinese style flavour to it and it's just delicious. The sauce is thick but not too thick and the pieces of garlic & chilli are the perfect size for the sauce. The spice is perfect without being too intense (even for a spice wimp like me!) and my other half loves. There is a sweet, spicy taste to it that just delicious and one that I never tire of using in food or as a dip.
Per 100ml of sauce there is 229 calories, 0.7g of fat (less than 1%) and 54.7g of sugars. This means that like many low fat products this contains lots of sugar and this is the highest ingredient in the sauce, behind water anyway.
This sauce contains no artificial colours and is suitable for vegans & vegetarians so is suitable for most people.
Once opened the bottle can be kept for around 4 weeks, however, a bottle of this stuff never lasts long in my house. Good job it's only 85p for 190ml. This gives us a good few meals/dipping sessions with this and this sauce is one that I'd definitely recommend. 5/5 from me as it brings something different too my Chinese cooking and some boring meals like mash and chicken dippers!
The product I'm reviewing here is Blue Dragons sweet chilli dipping sauce with Kaffir lime. I've tried the one without lime which was good, but the tanginess of this one adds a real kick to the flavour.
What is the product?
A Dipping sauce made by Blue Dragon from their "Thai" range of sauces and cooking ingredients. The product is actually made in Thailand and is currently the number one oriental dipping sauce with a 72.8% share of the market.
The sauce contains Sugar, fresh chilli, Fructose, fresh garlic, pickled garlic, salt, tapioca starch, acidity regulator, acetic acid, and kaffir lime.
The label describes the product as "an irresistible tangy alternative to the original (without lime) dipping sauce".
The product is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, free from artificial colours and is less than 1% fat. It is however quite high in sugar at 16.4grams per 30 ml serving, and this equates to 69kcal.
The price I pay is around £1.10 for a 190ml bottle.
My experience of the product
I bought the original sauce to use in stir-fry's and was really impressed by the fresh taste of the chillies and garlic. Most sauces I have tried taste pleasant enough but you can tell they are from a jar, this one to me tasted comparable to a sauce made fresh. The sauce is sweet but not overly so and the chilli is not mouth burningly hot - I find sweet chilli sauces are often one or the other of these two extremes. If anything it is the garlic that is the dominant taste
I soon used up the bottle and bought the one with added lime and found this one to be even nicer. The Lime adds a tang that isn't overpowering but makes the chilli and garlic taste even more zingy and fresh. I was pregnant at the time, and this sauce became a bit of a craving for me - since having my baby I still enjoy this sauce but maybe not with everything anymore!
The sauce is great in stir fry's, as a kind of fajita sauce with chicken and peppers, or lightly drizzled on to salad leaves. I also sometimes use it to marinade barbecue meats or add a smidgen to cheese on toast. A small amount mixed with mayo or cream cheese is also nice as a creamy dip or on a jacket potato.
One draw back is it can give you real garlic breath so don't use it when cooking a romantic meal.
Blue dragon have now introduced a "hot" version of the sauce and one in a squeezy plastic bottle which will make the sauce easier to use than the standard glass bottle.
Would I recommend the product?
Well if you love garlic, chilli that isn't overpowering and a sweet/sour sauce I would recommend it to you. It has become a favourite of mine and by the statistics a favourite of many others to.
This sauce is has more of a sweet taste than chilli, although this is from someone who is used to spicy foods. However if you really want a sweet and spicy sauce this probably isn't the best around. The sauce is a bit disappointing as it does not have a really strong taste and so I get through these bottles rather quickly.
Nevertheless, it is a very tasty sauce with a small tang of spiciness and is very versatile. This sauce can be used as a marinade on prawns, used in a stir fry, can be used as a good sauce for chips or in cheese toasties. It also recommended as a dipping sauce for spring rolls and thai fish cakes.
You can buy this from Sainsbury's in a bottle containing 190ml for 86p.
Each serving has 69 calories and 0.5g of salt but 16.4g of sugar, which explains why this sauce is more sweet than spicy.
This is a good buy for those who aren't used to spicy foods but still wants some oriental flavour to liven up a meal.
This Blue Dragon Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce has been a recent discovery of mine. I had only every encountered sweet chilli sauce in a thai restaurant before and had no idea that you could actually buy it from the supermarket. I went to a friends for lunch recently and she served up some yummy thai fishcakes and salad. It all looked really delcious and then she popped a bottle of this sweet chilli sauce on the table.
I poured a smallish blob on my plate and the aroma was gorgeous, the smell was sweet, tangy and spicey and it looked exactly the same as the stuff I had tried before in the thai restaurant. I dipped a bit of my fishcake in the sauce and well it tasted blooming fantastic. The balance of sweet and spicey is exactly right and it just really brightened up the whole meal. I couldn't believe that I had missed out on such a delight for so long.
I promptly bought my own bottle of the Blue Dragon Sweet Chilli sauce from my local Tesco's, I belive it cost approx 86p for a 190ml bottle. It is also available in a bigger sized bottle and I probably should have opted for the larger size as since I have purchased this sauce I have used it on an almost daily basis. I eat it with salads, fishcakes, quorn fillets and it has also become my secret weapon in dishes I am making which I taste and are missing something. A couple of drops has really perked up some of my pasta sauces and i also love it dribbled on the top of pizza.
So all in all this chilli sauce has become part of the back bone of my kitchen staples and I don't know how I managed without it.
A rich blend of red chillies and garlic, Blue Dragon's Sweet Chilli sauce is perfect for dipping or mixed with soy sauce as a stir fry sauce.