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Shanghai Garden Sweet and Sour Sauce

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      26.07.2010 16:21
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      Not a bad, well seasoned sauce!

      I love nothing more than sweet & sour pork from the Chinese....when finances allow of course! However at the moment my finances have taken a bit of a beating of late with moving cities and into a new flat so eating out or having a take-away isn't always an option!

      This is why I purchased this costing a pound in Tesco the other day. I bought myself some pork at the same time and couldn't wait to cook it all up with some rice!

      The Packaging:

      500g see-through glass jar that has a black screw on/off lid to the top of it. Around the middle of the jar there is an orange label and on that there is a photograph of sweet and sour prawns on there and I'm told that it is Shanghai Garden Sweet & Sour Cooking Sauce. Other information listed on the jar includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, there is a full nutritional chart shown, the size is stated (as I've listed already), ideas on how to use the sauce are given and contact details for Tescos are stated. Informative jar this is and easy to open etc.

      Using It:

      To use this sauce all you have to do is fry off any ingredients you want to use first. Chicken, beef, pork prawns or/and vegetables then drain off the excess fat and add the sauce and let it all simmer for at least 3-4 minutes in a saucepan/frying pan/wok. Simple.

      The sauce in its appearance is an a bright orange colour and visibly you can see slithers of carrot, peppers, celery along with lumps of pineapple and pieces of bamboo shoots. This is very sticky and sweet sauce and although I am inclined to agree on the sweet bit of the sauce I can't really detect the sour. It has a slight hint of ginger and garlic to it but nothing overpowering and the vegetables within it are not slushy or mushy.

      However this is a flavoursome sauce. In my opinion it could do with being a bit of a thicker sauce as it does become a bit runny but all in all it is flavoured and you can guess through taste alone what it is meant to be.

      Tasty, cheap and easy to use this gives 3 generous portions of sauce and I wouldn't, for the price hesitate to buy it again!

      Nutritional Information Per Quarter Of A Jar (125g):

      Energy: 120Kcal
      Protein: 0.9g
      carbohydrate: 28.1g
      of which sugars: 24.8g
      Fat: 0.3g
      of which saturates: 0.0g
      Fibre: 1.1g
      Sodium: 0.5g
      Salt equivalent: 1.3g

      Only available in Tesco stores as it is made for Tesco.

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        28.05.2010 22:38
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        Gorgeous chinese sauce, quick and easy to make!

        Me and my boyfriend love our chinese food, and are favourite is sweet and sour chicken with rice. We always make this ourselves at home, not from scratch though! We always buy this shanghai garden sweet and sour cooking sauce as it is delicious! We have tried many different brands like sharwoods, uncles bens etc of sweet and sour sauce and always come back to this one.

        This sweet and sour sauce is so cheap for how nice it is, it is only 75p for a 500g jar! You can get it in all the supermarkets, and it's a clear jar with a orange label. This jar serves 4 people, but as we love lots of sauce with our meals, we have it all between 2 of us. Even though we love a lot of sauce once this is cooked, I don't think it would be enough for 4 people, maybe 3 people would be fine, but you wouldn't get much of it if you were sharing it between 4 of you.

        This sweet and sour sauce is made up of carrots, peppers, pineapple and bamboo shoots.

        All you do with this sauce is cook your chicken for about 5 minutes, and then pour the sauce into the pan and simmer for about 20 minutes, it's as simple as that! Sauces are such a quick and easy way to make a nice tasty meal.

        This sweet and sour sauce doesn't have huge chunks of pineapple in it like most of them do which I hate! It does have bits of the peppers, carrots and pineapple in there, but they are not too big and you hardly notice them. It is not too thick the sauce, but it isn't runny either. It isn't too sweet or sour either, it is just right. Some sweet and sour sauces can be very sweet and taste strong of the pineapple but this one doesn't, it is a really nice tasty sauce.

        This goes great with chicken, and we have some rice or chips with ours too. You can also put this with noodles, and we always have prawn crackers too to dip in the sauce!

        I highly recommend this sweet and sour sauce, it is the nicest one I have tried from many different brands, and we buy it every week!

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      Shanghai Garden / Type: Sauces