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Sharwoods Sweet Chilli & Kaffir Lime Salad Dressing

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Brand: Sharwoods / Type: Dressing

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      19.05.2009 12:15
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      I have written quite a few sauce and dressing reviews whilst I have been on this site dabbling in the occasional (ahem) review. I'm a saucy bird it has to be said and any way that I can dress food up to be a bit more interesting......well I'm game in doing so!

      I recently came across this range of Sharwoods 'Thai' salad dressings in Sainsbury's priced at £1.49 a bottle and fed up trying to be good and eating boring, plain old salads decided to get something I could make my vegetables swim in if I so desired! What was also nice about these sauces is that these can be used to drizzle on meats and on stir frys too so they are multi-functional!

      The Bottle....

      Is glass and therefore see through and is 220g is size with a black screw on/off lid to the top of it. Around the 'neck' of the bottle I'm told it is salad dressing which is 'Perfect with noodles, beef and salad leaves'.

      Around the main body of the bottle there is a light green label and on there in white, pink and black writing I'm told it is Salad Dressing Sharwoods Thai Sweet Chilli & Kaffier Lime which is 'A fragrant dressing made with fresh Thai herbs'. Other information on the bottle includes a bit of information about the product, nutritional information is given, ingredients and allergy advice is stated, the best before date is clearly stamped on as is the recycle symbol and size, storage details, contact information for Sharwood's and finally there is a bar-code on there. Nice enough bottle and I do like being able to see the dressing through it so I can see when to replace it...if I want to of course lol.

      A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Bottle...

      Traditional Thai meals often include a delicious, fragrant and light salad.

      Just drizzle this Sweet Chilli & Kaffier Lime Salad Dressing over salad leaves for a tasty accompaniment to a noodle stir-fry.

      Alternatively, to create a light meal try stirring into freshly cooked beef, noodles and fresh salad leaves.

      Shake well before serving and it is free from artificial colours, flavours & preservatives.

      The Dressing....

      Through the bottle it looks very thin and runny indeed. Brown in colour and you can see flakes of the lime leaves, red chilli and what looks like onion (though onion isn't listed on the list of ingredients) in the dressing. It's incredibly runny when you pour it out and it is heavily scented with lime, garlic and what to my nose smells of traditional fish sauce (used in a lot of Thai and Chinese cooking) which it actually is in the main...fish sauce with anchovies! It doesn't smell yummy.... in fact it smells rather horrible and too limy and garlicky to my nostrils with a murky smell of fish.

      Taste wise well it doesn't get much better. It's quite sour with the zesty lime flavouring which is very apparent, it' too heavy on the garlic for my nose or taste-buds and quite salty to the taste. I simply don't like it at all. I have tried to as well! I have tried using a little, to a lot of it. I have tried it with noodles, salads and meats and for me the taste of this is too tart (sour) and too garlicky and takes over natural flavours way too much. The chilli within it is nice enough and not too hot but simply gives a little kick to foods but overall....now I've reviewed it, it's going in the bin.

      Verdict....

      Highly smelly rather than fragrant......the smell in itself is off putting. The taste is too strong and it's one way to get stinky breath. I DON'T LIKE IT lol

      Available in all good supermarkets, but pass it by!

      Nutritional Information per 27.g Serving....

      Energy: 29Kcal
      Protein: 0.1g
      Carbohydrate: 6.9g
      Fat: 0.1g

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