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You know how it is. You get home after a long and arduous day at work and you want something to eat that's quick and easy to prepare. When I feel like that, I invariably reach for my wok and a pack of Blue Dragon Sweet & Sour Stir Fry Sauce. Heat that wok, brown that meat or veg and add your Blue Dragon to produce a wonderfully aromatic and tasty meal in minutes. I've tried the other sauces from this range but the Sweet & Sour is definitely my favourite. Blue Dragon sauces are available in most supermarkets and retail currently at approximately 67p for a two person serving of 120 grams. I have to admit here that, greedy person that I am, I find one packet is not enough for 2 people and tend to add a little extra water to make the sauce go further or if I'm only cooking for myself, I eat the whole lot. The ingredients are: water, sugar, vinegar, red and green peppers, pineapple, onion, tomato paste, rice vinegar, soy sauce, maize starch, carrot, ginger, rapeseed oil, salt, garlic and parsley. Rather an unexciting list of ingredients but they blend into a very tasty whole. The manufacturers claim that there is now 50% less salt in this sauce than there was in 2007 and if that's the case, the reduction in salt has not resulted in a loss of flavour. The manufacturer is AB World Foods, based in Leigh in Lancashire, so I'm unsure how authentic or Chinese this product actually is but it does compare quite well with the sweet and sour sauce I get from my local takeaway. The sauce is sold in foil sachets/pouches which are easy to store although probably not as environmentally friendly as a glass jar would be. The packaging has a suitably oriental look to it and details of the contents are listed on the front so it's immediately obvious how many calories, how much fat content etc is in there. The sauce is designed to coat and glaze whatever ingredients are being stir fried and as such has a gloopy sort of consistency but its easy to get every last drop out of the sachet and into the wok. All in all, although not quite up to takeaway standards, for me this sauce is a must-have for my store cupboard. It is a versatile sauce which can be use with pork, chicken, and/or vegetables to produce a tasty meal in a very short time and which is great when accompanied by noodles or rice.
When ordering takeaways I always opt for something a bit sweet. I tend to order sweet and sour chicken or duck in plum sauce but since weight watchers doesn't allow any of these I have to compensate tasty food while still getting the sweetness I like. Stir fry's are a very healthy option to choose and with so many sauces out there you can make them as individual as you like. I decided to make mine with king prawns and used a blue dragon sweet and sour sauce. The sweet and sour sauce comes in a 120g sachet that serves 2 people. The sachet is blue and orange and this definitely stood out for me on the shelf. The sachet description of the sauce is a sweet yet tangy blend of pineapple and vegetables with Chinese rice vinegar and light soy sauce. I decided to use king prawns, ready to wok noodles, a green pepper, mushrooms and an onion in my stir fry and I was making this dish for 2. After stir frying my vegetables and prawns I added the sachet of stir fry sauce. Unfortunately there wasn't enough sauce in the sachet to cover all the vegetables and it appeared to look dry. Luckily I had another sachet in the cupboard so I added that one too and the two sachets covered all the vegetables nicely. The aroma of the sauce is nice and reminded me exactly of the Chinese takeaway smell good sign considering this sachet only contains 63 calories and a trace of saturated fat. Fantastic start. Now the taste test and oh dear I appear to be a bit let down. The sweet and sour sauce is indeed very tangy and doesn't taste like my Chinese sweet and sour at all. It does however have an ok taste. I was expecting it to be better but I must admit the sauce was tasty it was just a little bit too tangy even for me. On this occasion I can't say that I have found the perfect sweet and sour sauce as I will keep looking. The sauce has a nice constituency and could be ideal if the tanginess was to be toned down just a touch. These sachets are a bargain at 60p each and for that price I would definitely try some other varieties as I think it has potential. The taste is there but you can't see the true taste as it is masked by tangy.
When it comes to cooking it's not something I'm all that good at I'm ashamed to say at 35 years old but I do try! However from time to time I do get bored of taking the easy option of eating sandwiches or toast and try to make myself an interesting hot meal. I love foreign cuisine and i love Chinese in-particular so when I spotted this in my local Asda store costing 52p a packet i decided I really must try it out! The Packaging: Navy blue and orange 120g in weight plastic pouch. On the front of the pouch I'm told it is Blue Dragon Stir-Fry Sauce, Sweet & Sour 'A sweet yet tangy blend of pineapple and vegetables with Chinese rice vinegar and light soy sauce' and I'm also told that it contains no artificial colours or ingredients, no preservatives and has 50% lower salt and that the sauce serves 2 people and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there and a photograph of Some Chinese food. Other information on the back of the pouch gives me a recipe for Sweet & Sour King Prawns, there is a full nutritional rundown chart on there, ingredients and allergy advice is given, I'm told how to store the product and contact details for AB world Foods are listed. Nice enough pouch this is and it's informative enough of course and easy to open etc. Using It: Well it is up to you of course how you use this sauce. Basically we're told to fry off some meat, fish and/or vegetables first then drain that lot off (if need be) and then add this sauce and simmer for a couple of minutes. I've checked the ingredient list and I can't see any animal derived ingredients listed so I do think this is Vegetarian though I'm not a 100% sure (as I'm not one myself) and it doesn't say it's Vegetarian anywhere on the packaging but if it is I'm sure you could have this with meat substitutes such as Quorn and things too! So the sauce itself is thick, orange and sticky and has a slightly sweet and sour smell of vinegar to it. When warmed through it goes alot thinner of course as to when you first see it and I can see some little flakes of red and green peppers and tiny bits of pineapple in there too. There isn't loads of sauce in this and I'm shocked quite frankly this is said to serve 2 people, I disagree with that. I did use one pack on a meal for two people and I didn't feel that the sauce gave a lot of flavour shared that far out so as I'm a piggy I bought another and simply used it for me and felt then that I had the right amount. It really is a lovely tasty sauce. Naturally sweet with a hint of a tomato flavouring to it along with a tang of garlic and ginger and I like the sourness from the vinegar not being too much! It's a tasty little sauce that offers real value for money in my opinion and really does coat foods well to make it far more interesting! I will certainly buy this sauce time and time again as I think it's so tasty and rich and I can't wait to try other sauces from within this range too now! Allergy Advice: Contains: Soya, Gluten, Wheat Nutritional Information Per 60g Serving: Calories: 76 Sugar:11.9g Fat: 2.2g Saturates: 0.2g Salt: 0.8g Available in most supermarkets etc!
I love the Blue Dragon range of sauce sachets and one I used for my dinner today was the sweet and sour. I use the sachets instead of jars when I'm just cooking for myself because even though each sachet is supposed to serve 2 people I think it only serves me!!! This is a standard sweet and sour sauce and tastes yummy to me, I think it could be a bit more sour because it's more sweet than anything but it's proper nice and goes wicked with either chicken or king prawns. I think this sauce has got just the right consistancy for a sweet and sour sauce and it's not too thin and not too thick. I think sometimes sweet and sour sauces can be a bit too sticky but this one isn't and wraps itself round the chicken perfectly. It's hard to describe the taste of sweet and sour sauce but I think this one tastes proper nice of pineapple because it's got a delish fruity flavour that goes well with any meat you add to it and is suprisingly even better with just vegetables like I sometimes have for a change. It's got a nice fresh taste and isn't salty like a lot of sweet and sour sauces, it tastes quite light but has got a stronger flavour as you eat it than you think it will have. There are a few spices in it but all I can really pick out is the garlic and even that's not strong enough to put people off who don't like garlic as much as I do. Blue Dragon do quite a few different sachets so it's worth having a look along the shelf before just picking your usual one up. A couple of days ago I tried their Chow Mein one and that was wicked and not much different from the Chow Mein I get from the Chinese. The sachets cost about 50p each and I reckon that's a bargain because the sweet and sour sauces in jars are loads more expensive, and even though you get more sauce in them most of the time half the jar is wasted because there's only really me who eats sweet and sour.
My mum is out tonight so I've had to cook my own tea, lol! I made a stir fry with some frozen vegetables in a stir fry pack and cooked turkey and then added a sauce. I like sweet and sour so used a 'Blue Dragon' sweet & Sour sauce described as: 'A sweet yet tangy blend of pineapple and vegetables with Chinese rice vinegar and light soy sauce' which sounded really nice :) The sauce is in a little 120g sachet which I blue and a bright orange and is foil lined for freshness... The sauce is made for two servings and each serving is 76 calories with a really high 11.9g of sugars but a lot lower fat content of 2.2g. There are 6% mixed peppers and 5% pineapple and 2% Chinese rice vinegar that give it that authentic sour tang to the sauce. Also there is 2% light soy sauce in it and carrots, soya beans, etc. Tasty and zingy this Blue dragon sauce really made my meal moist and colourful, it was a bright orange colour and the bits of fruit and veg were blended in nicely. I really enjoyed the flavour of the sauce too, the sweet sugar was offset really well with the sour vinegar and it is nearly as good as a Chinese takeaway sauce! Suitable for vegetarians but has soya, what and gluten in for any allergy sufferers. The sticky sauce is quite thick but not too gloopy, and is worth four stars. Sorry I don't know the price - it was lust sat there in the cupboard waiting for me, lol!
Like a lot of people I sometimes like to spend time cooking a delicious meal but, sometimes I just want to prepare something quickly after a busy day at work. On those nights when I want a quick and easy meal, Blue Dragon stir-fry sauce - sweet & sour - comes into its own. I always keep a couple of sachets in the cupboard for such occasions. I usually use chicken as the main part of the dish and throw in whatever vegetables I have to hand, however, prawns or pork would work equally well or even just vegetables as a change. The taste is good, sweet, but not over the top, and with a hint of pineapple and garlic. The sachet proudly states that there are no preservatives or artificial colours and the recipe now contains 50% lower salt than that used 2 years ago - I am definitely not so thirsty after eating this sauce as I am with some other brands. The quantity in the sachet could do with being increased slightly as although it says it serves 2 it doesn't give very much sauce unless the portions are very small - not the case in our house! However, as there are 3 of us I generally use 2 sachets and sometimes add a little splash of wine, if I happen to have a bottle open, as my family like a meal with sauce to have plenty of it! At 47p a sachet it still works out as a cheap meal. Blue Dragon have other sauces in this range too - Oyster & Spring Onion, Chow Mein and Hoysin & Garlic. I often buy the Hoysin & Garlic and it is very good but quite salty. All in all Blue Dragon have produced a good sweet & sour sauce which turns some ordinary meat and vegetables into a tasty, quick and easy dinner.
Sweet and Sour Stir Fry Sauce is probably the most recognisable and straightforward of the Blue Dragon flavours along with the Chow Mein one, whilss not as good as their extremely impressive Chow Mein sauce, Sweet and Sour is pretty much exactly what you'd expect with a slightly tangy flavour and no tell-tale ingredients that make it stand out from any other sweet and sour sauces but enough flavour to liven up your average vegetable/meat with noodle/rice dish. Unless you are preparing extremely small portions, the sachets claiming to be able to serve 2 are particularly optimistic and are more an awkward portion of 1.5. The price is pretty good but I do recommend doubling up or watering it down (it does tend to be quite a thick sauce and a bit of water won't exactly kill it) As with most of Blue Dragon's range, I find that this goes well with poultry dishes, when it comes to vegetables - it is courgettes and peppers that seem to soak up the flavour best, I recommend adding a bit of soya sauce just to give it a slight kick. It's far from the best sauce in the world but it's cheap, easy and the price is ok.