“ Brand: Encona / Type: Sauces „
have been using Encona sauces for the last three or four years. I first spotted them in Morrison's on promotion and was so impressed that I have continued to buy them. My all time favourite is the Thai Sweet Chilli sauce. I do have a sweet tooth and like all sorts of sauces and pickles and no meal seems complete to me without something on the side if you know what I mean!.
My Encona bottle is tall and thin and rectangular with a dark blue screw on top . The label is a little different from the above photo as it shows a beautiful Thai dancer in front of a lake with a temple in the background. "Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce " appears on white on a rather lurid background of a pink notice board hanging from a palm tree. Beneath this also swinging in the oriental breeze is a sign showing the chilli strength. This is conveyed by dividing a chilli up into three parts . My chilli is medium strength so the bottom two parts of the chilli are filled in in red. So that there is no confusion it also states "Med" . The quantity is also shown, 220ml.
On the reverse we are told that it is made from a classic Thai recipe and contains chilli, garlic and lime juice and that it is recommended for use as a dipping sauce , great for with spring rolls or prawn crackers, or , as I do just as a table sauce. You can also add it to your stir fry dishes or make dressing and dips with it. Delicious!
Unscrew the top and you are greeted with a sweet, spicy smell, neither too strong or too sweet just right. The sauce itself is a clear, dark orange colour and you can see the chillies dispersed throughout the sauce. It is quit a gloopy thickness so be careful pouring it out , you might get too much.
How do I use it?
I use it almost exclusively as a table sauce. This is because I have a condition known as fructose mal absorption which means that my tum can not process fruit and veg that have a a high fructose level. I have always tried to eat healthily and for years ate lots of fruit and veg and suffered from bad tummy pains and sprints to the loo! I had many tests and was not allergic to gluten, lactose or nuts. Then I had a fructose test and found that my healthy food was the culprit. And, what is top of the high fructose list, tomatoes, followed by onions!
So out went the tomato sauce and puree, followed by the cans of baked beans and anything else containing tomatoes. I definitely sulked as I love tomato sauce but I have found a tasty replacement in this lovely sweet and spicy sauce. Thank you Encona! If there are any disadvantages it is that the hot chilli sauce bottle is very, very, similar and I sometimes pour the wrong one onto my plate, I know should have gone to spec savers.
I bought my last bottle in Morrison's for about 1.66pounds It has a long shelf date, mine is best before August 2013, although it does not say so I keep mine in the fridge after opening.
Do give it a try if you like a sweet spicy sauce. 5 stars from me and my happy tum!
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Condiments and sauces to go with meals are, for me, often just as important as the meal itself, and while I don't usually stand on ceremony or get too picky about what I necessarily have on the plate, there are a few things I generally do not do without whenever possible. One such item is this Encona Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce.
I came across it a year/18 months ago, as it was on offer in my local supermarket and I wanted something like this for the meal we were having that night. I remember thinking that the sauce was nicer than the meal (I cooked, not the wife!). Since then, I have always had a bottle of this ready to accompany any meal should I feel in the mood.
The sauce is made using an authentic Thai recipe, although it is bottled here in the UK. They do recommend what food it would be best served with to compliment, but I have found a range of regular things we have that it works perfectly with. Generally, it goes well with curry of any description, although it doesn't have much of a spicy kick to it, so may get drowned out by other flavours. I nearly always have it in a wrap, whatever the filling, and if we have tacitas (a mix of taco spices and fajita style of eating with soft flour tortillas) then I'll dribble a little of this Encona on the filling.
Similarly, it's good just as a dipping sauce, if you have crisps or crudites out for any reason. Drizzling it over chips is equally lovely, and it combines well with most savoury flavours. It's very gooey in consistency, and while it looks rather runny in the bottle, it gloops out of the bottle rather than pours. There are chilli pieces in it, albeit very small ones, but never is it too spicy. There is a great combination of spice and flavour, with the spiciness definitely present, but somewhat neutralised in the kick in the aftertaste by dint of the fact that it's nice and sweet.
The sauce I usually get is the medium spiced one, but it tastes rather mild if you compare it to say how a curry may be described as mild or medium. You can taste the chillis in it, as well as the lime and garlic, but as with the spiciness, you can taste the flavours are there but they somehow don't have the same effect as if you were eating each individual ingredient on its own or in another product. In fact, I'd say that balance is probably the key word here. The spiciness is balanced well with the sweet side of things, and the flavours are balanced out well with each other. The whole experience is just great, and I find myself having to not have it with every meal we have. I wouldn't want to give myself overkill on it and neer want to use it again!!
Overall then, a highly recommended condiment. A deep and vibrant red/brown colour with bits of chilli in, this gloopy sauce goes really well with most food, be it as a dip or as a condiment or even as a pivotal ingredient in a recipe. It's available for under £1 in most places, and it's well worth the price. Great value for a great product. Recommended.
I've been to the super market today to do my weekly shop, and this was on offer so I brought some!
I was cooking dinner for me and the other half (I didn't think chilli should be on the menu for my babies!) and I decided to make some potato wedges to try it with.
At first I was a bit worried about having too much; I didn't want to over-do it with the chilli-ness! But after a couple of wedges I was getting stuck in and lapping it up!
The chilli sauce has a very distinctive flavour. It starts off by being nice and sweet, and then slowly it gets hotter and hotter. The more you have, the hotter it seems.
Nutritionally, the sauce looks a bit shady. The most prevalent ingredient is sugar, which isn't ideal; and it also contains quite a lot of salt.
As an occasional treat I think it will be great. I can't see myself having it every day, or making a point of buying it. But as a cheap one off, it's well worth my pennies.
I'm not much of a fan of bland food. In fact I thin it takes away from the whole eating experience and ruins my meal. I mean what's the point of eating something if you're just shovelling it in your mouth and not tasting anything? I sometimes have fresh chillis on hand to add some spice to a dish but they go off and it's handy to have a bottle of something on hand that will last for ages.
I first discovered Encona Sweet Thai Chilli sauce when I was backpacking in New Zealand in 2003. I was running out of money fast and was looking for something cheap and easy. When you're travelling you need something that you can shove in your backpack and leave there without going off. I picked up some plain noodles and then this caught my eye and I thought why not? Since then I have not looked back!
I use this sauce all the time in stir fries, stirred in mayonnaise to make a spicy dip or a dip by itself. As a marinade, on burgers, sandwiches, chips or my favourite stirred into some tinned tomatoes on toast for a quick and easy snack.
~~Flavour and Apperance~~
It's definitely got a kick to it but I certainly wouldn't call it overly spicy. It doesn't leave your mouth on fire! It's got a hint of sweetness to it and you can also taste some garlic. The sauce itself is slightly runny and red in colour with bits of chilli, garlic and chilli seeds in it.
Sugar, Water, Chilli (15%), Garlic, Salt, Lime Juice, Stabiliser (Xanthan Gum), Spirit Vinegar, Colour (Paprika Extract), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate).
It currently costs 81p for a 142ml bottle from Tesco
When it comes to my meals the spicier the better is my motto. I really am a saucy bird and I find it almost impossible to munch foods without a whole range of sauces on my plate! I do love sweet chilli dipping sauces and own a couple in my cupboard and it's something my Mother gets me weekly in the shopping and this one is a frequent visitor!
220ml with a red plastic screw on/off lid at the top. It's a squarish glass see-through bottle with a light blue sticky label to the front and on the back of it and a blue label around the neck of the bottle that covers the lid and you rip it off to get to the product the first time you go to use it. On the front in blue and white writing I'm told it's Encona Caribbean Thai Sweet Chilli Dip which is 'spicy and mild and has a rich sweet chilli flavour'. Then there is a photograph of some king prawns with a small pot of chilli sauce to dip in at the side of them and finally the size is stated at the bottom (as I've stated already). On the back I'm told a bit about the product, ingredients and nutritional values are given, size is again stated, the best before date is stamped on and finally the bar-code is on there. It's a nice tidy, simple bottle that is rather heavy and I do like the fact I can see the sauce through it so I know when it needs replacing.
A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Bottle....
Thai Sweet Chilli Dip is prepared to an original recipe combining a mild blend of chillies and garlic with sugar and lime juice to provide a delicious, gently spiced, sweet flavour. Traditionally served as a dip with spring rolls, seafood, and fried chicken, it is equally delicious in stir-fries, sandwiches and with all your favourite foods.
Me Eating It....
Well this is truly delicious and of great quality and goes with so many foods and peps up even the most dull of meals. Smother chips with it, splat some in a stir fry when cooking, lace salad with it, dip chicken, or any kind of meat or fish in it, you could even dip crisps in it if you wanted to, the combinations are endless and me, I even dip plain toast in it as I just love it!
Appearance wise it's a rich transparent kind of gloopy, syrupy mixture. Easily pourable with lots of visible chilli flakes in red and yellow in there. Smell wise it is really garlicky with a real natural sweet sugar smell to it. It's a unique smell for sure and it took me a bit of getting used to I can tell you that much! Taste wise.... well it's sweet, tastes of garlic, is fairly smooth and as expected sweet and syrupy. It isn't boiling hot even though it contains chilli flakes but it does after the sweetness give a short, swift hit of a kick of hot that is like a burst of hot and then that's it and it leaves your mouth coated in sweetness. The after taste is rather of garlic, it does make breath smell somewhat and leave hands sticky but yummy...it really is! It's a really nice, thick sauce, high in flavour, well blended, the chilli flakes are moist and it's a melt in the mouth tangy sauce and I wouldn't want to be without it!
Ingredients....Sugar, Water, Chilli Mash (Chillies, Water, Acetic Acid, Salt), (15%), Garlic, Salt, Lie juice, Stabiliser: Xanthan Gum, Colour (Paprika Extract), Spirit Vinegar, preservative (Pottasium Sorbate).
Nutritional Values... Per 100ml....
Energy 212 Kcal
My bottle came from Sainsbury's priced at 90p but it is readily available in many places.
Thanks to Mel (xxfoxyredxx) for getting me started on sauces!lol
With my chips tonight I had a blob of mayo, bbq sauce and this sweet chilli sauce.
Encona are a big name within the Caribbean food market so you know you can trust them to deliver a fantastic product.
Also in their range of sauces are Sweet Mango Chilli Dip. Jamaican Jerk Sauce, Cajun Hot Pepper Sauce, Smooth Papaya Hot Pepper Sauce, Creole Hot Pepper Sauce, Chilli Barbeque Sauce and their Original hot pepper sauce.
I want to try the chilli barbeque sauce next but this was out of stock yesterday sadly!
I'm reviewing the brand new bottle I bought yesterday, still sealed. The seal is a bright sky blue piece of plastic wrapped around the sky blue top of the bottle, this is branded 'Encona'. The label on the front of the bottle is the same bright blue with Encona Caribbean branding at the top of it, under this it says 'Thai sweet chilli dip' there is then a spice-ometer (for want of a better word) which says spice- mild, med, hot and the MILD is in darker letters so it stands out.
It says the sauce has a 'rich, sweet chilli flavour'
The image on the bottle beneath all this info is of some king prawns next to a dipping pot of sweet chilli sauce.
Right at the bottom I am told the bottle is 142ml.
On the back of the bottle is quite a lot of tiny writing, luckily my eyesight is good enough to read this, it tells me the sauce is made using the original recipe of sugar, garlic, chillies and lime juice.
This sauce was traditionally used as a dip for spring rolls, seafood and fried chicken.
Appearance.........a warm red/orange colour. It's thick and syrupy in texture, glossy and gloopy looking and the little dried chilli flakes are visible (like the ones you get in the shaker at Pizza hut)
Smell..........the smell of food is really important to me, don't ask me why but it just is! This smells just like you expect it to, you can smell the garlic and warming scent of chilli mixed with a sweet syrup-like smell.
Taste........gorgeously sweet with a kick of spice. It isn't spicy at all by my standards but the little kick is nice with bland foods. So tasty and moreish.
For me this is perfect with chips, pizza, potato wedges, its even good mixed with pasta and tomato sauce to add a bit of spice. If I'm honest I eat it with most stuff, I love dipping my food into sauces/dips.
Sugar, water, chilli mash (chillies, water, acetic acid and salt) Garlic, Lime juice, Stabiliser, Colour (paprika extract) Spirit vinegar, Preservative.
This bottle cost me just 90p from Sainsburys, it isn't a huge bottle (as I said 142ml) so it doesn't last forever, its really thick so you do seem to use a fair bit at a time but at this price I'm not being stingey!
I'm not a fan of British blandness and try to make my food as exciting and adventurous as I possibly can whilst sticking to my student budget. I had been looking for a really good 'party' dip for my food for a while only to be disappointed by some manufacturer's feeble products. Then I discovered 'Encona' sauces whose aim is to bring the 'full flavour of the Caribbean to all corners of the country and beyond' - I wasn't disappointed.
I first bought this for use with spring rolls, sesame toast and prawn crackers and loved it. As the name suggests, it is pleasantly sweet whilst being somewhat spicy. It leaves a nice tingle in your mouth once you've eaten it but is not too hot which can often be a problem with some other chilli dips on the market. You could use this at a party or gathering and I think most people would be able to handle the taste no problem unless they are one of those people who can't handle spices at all.
The consistency of the sauce is also pleasant - It is mostly very smooth with tiny little bits of garlic running through it which helps add to the small 'kick' of the product.
This product is great with almost everything. I make myself prawns and fried rice quite a lot and the sweet chili dip is the perfect accompaniment to it. But it is great with other stuff too such as chips and roast chicken. The label on the bottle has a picture of king prawns on it and I would certainly say that it goes with prawns very well. It is a very versatile sauce that you can use with a lot of things and is great if you are getting sick of serving up food with dull flavour or if you wish to try something that tastes different.
As a student I find that the price is extremely decent. You can buy a 142 ml bottle of this at Tesco for a mere 82p at the moment so adding it to my weekly shop doesn't make too much of a difference.
Sugar, Water, Chilli mash (chillies, water, acetic acid, salt), Garlic, Salt, lime juice, Stabiliser: Xanthan Gum Colour (Paprika Extract), Spirit vinegar, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate)
It is probably not the healthiest sauce around but that's what happens when something tastes so good.
~Protein ~ 0.5g.
*~Other Ranges and Sizes~*
The 142 ml bottle is not the only size you can purchase. There also exists the 220ml bottle and the 285 ml squeezy bottle. I could really do with the larger version but unfortunately my local Tesco doesn't stock it.
There are also different flavours of Encona sauce that you may wish to try. These include:
~Hot Pepper Sauce
~Sweet Mango Chilli Dip
~Jamaican Jerk Sauce
~Cajun Hot Pepper Sauce
~Smooth Papaya Hot Pepper Sauce
~Chilli Barbeque Sauce
The only other sauce I have ever tried is the chilli barbeque sauce which is also fantastic and goes amazingly with fried potato accompaniments like chips as well as fried chicken. A definite sauce for a summer barbeque!
If you ever buy a dip for personal use or for a social gathering I recommend this one above all others, particularly if you are making oriental snacks. Whilst you don't need to use too much of this sauce to enjoy its flavour I find than I use copious amounts on my food (especially fried rice) that I should because I enjoy it so much. That means that I tend to buy this almost every week or every two weeks when I'm at university. I have been using this sauce since October and I haven't tired of it yet. It is probably the best sauce I have come across in the shops yet and at a decent price too!
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'As one of the most iconic brands within Caribbean food market in the UK, Encona is a brand on a mission. That mission is to bring the full flavour of the Caribbean to all corners of the country and beyond. From their famous Original Hot Pepper Sauce to their new Sweet Chilli Dip, Econa have a flavour to bring the Caribbean sunshine to all of your meals'.
I really hate bland food. It spoils the eating experience for me. I like my food to be full of flavour. So whatever type of meal that I am preparing I have a variety of my favourite herbs, sauces and relishes to hand. I have more accompaniments in my cupboard than actual food as I prefer to buy fresh. But whatever I am making for the evening meal I know that it is sure to be have an interesting and satisfying flavour.
Encona Caribbean Thai Sweet Chilli is a taste of the Caribbean and I use this dip in a variety of dishes. It has the most wonderful aroma. 'Thai sweet Chilli Dip is prepared to an original recipe combining a mild blend of chillies and garlic with sugar and lime juice to provide a delicious, gently spiced, sweet flavour. It is traditionally served as a dip with spring rolls, seafood and fired chicken. It is equally delicious in stir-fries, sandwiches and with all your favourite foods'. It is, it goes well with just about anything and I am particularly fond of it on a home made burger. It gives the burger a gentle spicy 'kick' of flavouring which is both sweet and mildy hot with the zingy chilli base to it.
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Encona do a range of highly delicious dips and sauces which are immediately distinguishable by their coloured cap coverings. In the case of the Chilli dip the covering is bright blue, with a label that pictures some giant prawns upon the front. It states that this is a 'Mild' chilli dip and that it has a rich, sweet chilli flavour. The weight 142ml and the name Encona is etched boldly upon either side of the tall, slim square shaped bottle. It has a shelf life of one year and once opened it is best kept within the fridge. 'The sauce is prepared to an original recipe combining a mild blend of chillies and garlic with sugar and lime juice to provide a gently spiced, sweet flavour'.
The dip is red in colouring with bits of the chilli and garlic floating about in it. The flavour is divine. It has a deliciously sweet foretaste with a good healthy mild/hot chilli punch following through. It doesn't linger and it will not 'burn' your mouth. There is no hot aftertaste, just a really tasty foretaste and immediate flavour. It really does have a delicious sweet and spicy flavour and is excellent to dip French fries into. Chips on their own are very plain need a bit of extra flavour and Encona Caribbean Thai Sweet Chilli Dip is an ideal accompaniment to the great British chip. -
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Sugar - Water - Chilli Mash - Salt - Garlic 15% - Lime Juice - Stabiliser - Xanthan Gum - Spirit Vinegar - Paprika Extract - Preservative -
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Encona Caribbean Thai Sweet Chilli Dip is a delicious dip. It is just the right strength for me and leaves no 'hot mouth' experience after tasting. It goes with so many dishes and it really is up to you exactly what you do use it on. It's very versatile and highly tasty. It lasts for quite a while as you don't need a huge amount to get a satisfying flavour upon your food. Encona do a good variety in their sauces and dips, including their famous 'Hot Pepper Sauce' - Sweet Mango Chilli Dip - Jamaican Jerk Sauce, which is fantastic! - Cajun Hot Pepper Sauce - Smooth Papaya Hot Pepper Sauce - Creole Hot Pepper Sauce - Chilli Barbeque Sauce -
I think a condiment can make or break a meal, taste wise and it is important to get it right. I have quite a few of the Encona range of sauces in my stock and the Encona Caribbean Thai Sweet Chilli Dip is a staunch regular in my cupboard and one that is always replaced each time that it has run out. Go on; treat yourself to a Taste of the Caribbean'. You won't be disappointed.-
'Traditionally served as a dip for spring rolls, seafood and fried chicken. Encona Caribbean Thai Sweet Chilli Dip is equally delicious in stir fries, sandwiches, and with all your favourite foods'.
Encona Caribbean Thai Sweet Chilli Dip: 91p from Tesco for 142ml.
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As one of the most iconic brands within Caribbean food market in the UK, Encona is a brand on a mission. That mission is to bring the full flavour of the Caribbean to all corners of the country and beyond.