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Loving quick and easy foods to prepare I purchased this the other day for me and my boyfriend to try out for supper. Up until recently he has been a mega fussy eater and so I simply bought this jar as it appeared to be a fairly plain looking and simple sauce (with barely any bits in it which he hates, especially onion!) and grabbed some breast of chicken to pop in the sauce and some microwave rice for laziness! Like I say when it comes to food I like it in front of me asap....I have a life after all and no patience whatsoever lol.
The sauce comes in a see-through oblong shaped glass jar and has a black twist on/off lid to the top of it. On the front of the label which is a reddish color we are told that it is Sharwoods Szechuan Kng Po 'A sweet and spicy sauce with water chestnuts, red peppers and chillies' and that there is 256 caloiries in each 140g serving. Other information listed on the sides of the jar includes telling us a bit about the sauce, the ingredients used (this is Vegetarian by the way) and allergy advice is given, there is a nutritional chart stated as well as the weight of the sauce stated which is 425g, a recipe suggestion is listed 9for using this sace with prawns) and contact details for Sharwoods are given. Nice, informrative jar this is and we can see how to use this sauce cos you just follow the 'kung po Prawn' idea on the side of the jar though use whatever you want to within it of course.
The Sauce Itself:
Reasonably thick, gloopy and sticky the sauce is mainly orange and if you look closely at it you can see little flecks of red chiili and red pepper and tiny crunchy looking pieces of water chestnut in abndance throughout it.
All you do with this sauce is fry off whatever ingredients you want to first i.e meat, fish and/or vegetables fand then add all this into a saucepan and allow it to simmer with your ingredients until warmed through. I personally allow mine to simmer for about 40 minutes however if in a hurrry it does heat through in about ten minutes!
Taste wise this is a lovely, tangy and incredibly sweet sauce. Its like a sweet and sour sauce where you can detect the pineapple taste within it, it has a taste of garlic to it too and then the water chestnuts add crunch and texture. This is a rather hot sauce but that hotness really does go extremely well with the sweet, sticky sauce that clings to ingredients very well and I think this is superb quality too.
I like the texture, the flavours and the appearance of this and for about £1.50 a jar (though I paid £1.00 a jar for this and a few other flavours recently whilst on offer in Asda) I think they are really worth it for such natural looking, authentic sauce.
Nutritional Information Per 140g Serving (The Important Bits):
of which saturates: 0.1g