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I got a jar of this Hoisin And Spring Onion sauce in Tesco to do a stir fry with because I LOVE hoisin sauce from the Chinese and don't get to have it as often as I'd like to. It only comes in a little bottle but it would do 2 people as long as you don't like your stir fry too wet. I did a stir fry just for myself and used nearly 3/4 of the bottle but you can use it as a dip as well so I wasn't bothered about just leaving a bit in the bottle.
When I opened the jar I didn't think it smelled like hoisin sauce and has got a bit of an aniseed smell, that put me off straight away because it's got a bit of a smell of that 5-spice stuff as well and I HATE that!
The sauce is a horrible brown colour with bits in it, I don't know what they are and I thought sesame seeds at first but they're too small for that. I've chucked the bottle now so can't check but there are shedloads of them whatever they are! lol
The taste isn't hoisin to me at all and that's mad because Sharwoods stuff is usually wicked. It hasn't got a fruity taste and deffo tastes of aniseed, it's got a proper strong flavour and after I'd ate half the plate of stir fry the aniseed come out even stronger. There is a bit of a 5-spice taste to the sauce, it's not over powering but you know that stuff... 2 granules of it in sauce and you can taste it over everything else!!!
It's a mega thick sauce and doesn't thin out much when you're cooking with it. I had mine with chicken and the sauce coated the meat good but the flavour is proper naff and I thought it spoilt the stir fry because I couldn't hardly taste the vegetables over the sauce.
Not recommended.... try another Sharwoods sauce, they're usually wicked but this one is not good.
I do find Sharwood's advert very apt. According to these ads, they travel all over China trying to find recipes for their sauces which give us the essence of China. I feel they pull this off admirably.
I have tried a few of Sharwood's stir-fry sauces and at the moment, Hoi Sin & Spring Onion is the favourite in our household. I have to admit to not being the most adventurous cook in the world, so I likely do not do this lovely sauce any justice.
One of my favourite meals is a stir-fry with rice (told you I wasn't very exciting). As a vegetarian, I alway use chicken style Quorn, which I fry in my pan, till golden. I then pour my rice into a large pan and cover with water. I bring this to the boil, without covering the pan. When it reaches the boil, I stir my rice to stop it clumping together. Now I put a cover on the pan and turn it down to simmer for another 15 minutes. I usually end up with nice fluffy rice. About 4 minutes before the rice is ready I pour the Sharwood's Hoi Sin & Spring Onion sauce into my frying pan and stir-fry this with my Quorn for about 4 minutes. Serve it up quickly, preferably on warmed plates and enjoy.
The other very easy meal I love is tortillas and wedges. With this one I chop my freshly washed potatoes into nice, thick wedges (always best when you leave the skin on). I par boil these until they are slightly tender and then put them in a food bag to which I add some oil, freshly ground salt & pepper and a sprinkle of whatever dried herbs I have and give them a good shake. I then place them in a large casserole dish and add some grated cheese and fried onion on top. I cover the dish with tin foil and pop it in the oven for about half an hour at gas mark 5. The tortillas are easily made by frying some Quorn and then adding the Hoi Sin & Spring Onion sauce and stir-frying for 4 minutes. I like to add a variety of things to the tortillas i.e. lettuce, tomato, cucumber or anything else that takes my fancy.
Sharwood's Hoi Sin & Spring Onion has, of course ,spring onions in it and also Chinese five spice. It has a delicate spicy, but also sweet flavour to it, which suits me perfectly, as I do not like spicy food in general.
I would definately recommend this to anyone who enjoys Chinese foods. It is so easy to use and I am sure many people out there could come up with far more exciting recipes than me.
I buy this in Tesco, where it costs £1.23 for a 195g bottle.
Sharwood's Hoi Sin & Spring Onion sauce is free from artificial colours and preservatives.
Walking around our local supermarket looking for something new and interesting to try for dinner, I found myself looking in the section with stir-in sauces. We had become sick to death of curry sauces and pasta bakes, and wanted something that would give us a completely different taste experience. Sharwood's has always been a company I would relate to using high quality ingredients and exceptional taste so I was instantly drawn to their range.
I spotted a sauce I had not seen before in the Sharwood's range named Hoi Sin and Spring Onion Sauce, which spurred me on to buying a nice bit of duck to make a stir-fry for dinner. The label says it is a savoury stir-fry sauce with spring onion and chinese five spice, sounds tasty!
The jar is a smallish rectangular shape made of glass, with a black twist top lid. It has a red label with the Sharwood's logo and product name. On the front it shows that each 97.5g serving contains 116 calories, which is 6% of an adults daily guifeline allowance. I was quite impressed on the side the serving suggestion was to have a duck stir-fry, with basic guidelines of how to make it.
We made up the stir-fry last night, which was quick and convenient, ready in twenty minutes and probably would have been less had I have prepared the vegetables and duck in advance. I found the sauce to be very unique tasting, the hoi sin complimented the duck really well and the spring onions were not overpowering. I was a little concerned with the idea of chinese five spice being included due to a homemade duck dish a few years back where it had overpowered the flavour of the duck, this sauce was spot on. It was spiced and seasoned perfectly and as a good sauce should, enhanced the flavour of the meat beautifully.
We found that we didn't need to use the whole bottle for two of us, it would be just the right amount for a family of four to six depending on how wet you like your stir-fry. I would definately buy this again, and will be exploring more sauces from the Sharwood's range. My husband's verdict - yummy!