“ Brand: Asda / Type: Snacks „
We've gone on a bit of a spring roll craze this month because my mum is searching for the perfect ones to go with the help yourself tea she's doing on Xmas night. We found some nice ones in Iceland but these from Asda are even better and they're only £1.00 for 10! They have got the special Xmas packaging now and the box is red with holly leaves on it. You warm them up in the oven for about 15 mins and by the end of the cooking time you can smell the hoisin sauce in the air, I knew I'd love them then because you can tell just by the smell that they haven't been tight with the sauce. They are a bit bigger than most of these sort of spring rolls that you buy in the supermarkets and aren't mini ones even though they're nowhere near as the mega sized spring rolls I get from my local Chinese! lol There's loads of shredded duck in them and for the price I wasn't expecting that much. It's cooked lovely and the hoisin sauce has made it nice and moist, you can feel the sauce as well as being able to taste it and that's good because a lot of them are very dry even when you can taste the hoisin. There's shreds of leek and onion in the spring rolls but not too much and even though they make them nice and crunchy you can't really taste the vegetables. And that's fine by me! lol I love the filo pastry because it's not greasy or oily, it's folded good so that you don't get a massive mouth full of pastry and the filling is even in all the spring rolls. I reckon these will deffo be on the table on Xmas day because I can't see any of the other shops beating these in quality or price.
I always love it when christmas gets closer as all the shops start putting out enticing little nibbled, designed perfectly for parties, buffets, or people like me who like snacky bits. The other day, I picked up a pack of ten duck spring rolls from the freezer section, for a mere pound. The packaging for these is quite festive, lovely bright red, with the spring rolls resting on a square plate, and some slight gold accents. Inside the pack, the ten spring rolls ar enclosed in a plastic bad, which is pretty strong and took a little bit of struggle to get into . To cook these is simple - remove from all packaging, and pop on a baking tray in a preheated 200 degree oven for 10-12 minutes, until the pastry is a crisp golden brown . These are very small, probably a couple of centimetres wide, by about 5cm long. I can, if I want to be greedy, slip a whole one into my mouth, but for anyone tha likes to eat less like a pig, I'd say you get a couple of bites out of each one . The filo pastry on the outside of these rolls is lovely and crisp, with a satisfying crunchy sound as you bite into it . It's nice and flaky - so falky in fact that you might want to eat it over a plate to avoid covering yourself with crumbs. The filling is a combination of duck meat, cabbage, onion, and hoisin sauce, and it's lovely and moist. The duck is soft and tender without losing all texture altogether, and the contrasting textures and flavours of the cabbage and onion keep it interesting. The hoi sin sauce comes through a little in the flavour - but not enough for me . I think, on balance, I would have liked the duck spring rolls with a seperate hoi-sin dipping sauce , so I could get the flavour the way I like it. Rather handy is the fact that the packaging gives nutritional info for each spring roll - 47 calories and 1.9g of fat . You probably wouldn't want to eat too many of these really with that fat content . At £1 for ten, these work out at a tiny 10p each, which I think is pretty reasonable . They keep in the freezer, so they make an ideal snack for bringing out at short notice when you have friends over and fancy a little nibble , or even for when, like me, you get hungry at 10pm and want something that cooks quickly. I'm going to take one star off for the simple fact that these are not available all year round, and for the fact that they were not quite saucy enough for my individual taste. Still, that leaves a respectable 4 stars, and a hearty recommendation .
Mr Lools and I got very excited recently in Asda when we ventured into the freezer aisles and seen that party food was back. That meant only one thing, Christmas was nearing closer. I started buying Asda party food a few years ago originally for a Boxing Day family buffet. I bought this in the November of that year being organised as I did not want to worry about stocking up on food in the Christmas rush. However about a fortnight before our party Mr Lools confessed to me that he had in fact eaten all of the party food over a number of weeks and that party food in fact makes "a great evening snack". Luckily I didn't kill him and since the incident Mr Lools in particular has a penchant for party food and the Asda party food range is not just limited to party buffets anymore and we both now can be found munching on a box of party food on an evening as soon as Asda starts stocking party food. A particular favourite is Asda Mini Duck Spring Rolls. ***Packaging*** Asda Mini Duck Spring Rolls are party of the party food range. There are 10 mini Duck Spring Rolls per pack. This is branded in deep red cardboard box with a very festive look to it. Mini Duck Spring Rolls is written in white font and there is an image of the cooked duck spring rolls on the front of the packaging. It is worth noting that the packaging of this product is almost identical to the mini vegetable spring rolls from the party food range so it is worth reading the packaging carefully to avoid disappointment. Inside the cardboard packaging the spring rolls are separated into two sealed plastic bags each containing 5 spring rolls. This is very handy if you are limited for space in your freezer as you can remove the plastic bags from the cardboard packaging. The cooking instructions are on the packaging and it outlines that the spring rolls should be cooked at 200 degrees for 10-12 minutes when removed from the plastic packaging. ***Price*** A pack of 10 mini duck spring rolls costs £1. I think this is very good value and a similar price to the other supermarkets party food ranges. ***Duck Spring Rolls*** Once the duck spring rolls are cooked and removed from the oven have a delicious golden savoury scent. The pastry is a golden brown colour which is slightly browner at the edge of the spring rolls. The spring rolls are about 1.5cm wide by about 5cm long therefore although mini are a reasonable size especially to put on a buffet. As soon as you bite into the spring roll the pastry tastes very crispy. The filo pastry is reasonably thick but is very crispy and does not taste at all soggy which is I find is a problem with many brands of spring rolls. Once you bite through the golden tasting pastry you are met with the duck filling. The taste of the duck filling has a meaty rich taste which is reasonably salty but not overly salty. The duck filling is in thick gravy therefore the spring rolls inside are moist and not at all dry yet the pastry on the outside remains very crispy. Although the initial taste of duck is strong and reasonably salty the aftertaste is not at all salty. The duck inside the spring rolls is of good quality and I have not yet come across a piece of fatty or gristly meat which is a concern of mine as duck is generally quite a fatty meat. The only downside to the spring rolls that they can be slightly greasy. The greasiness of the spring rolls varies between packs (Mr Lools and I have gone through about 5 packs so far this year) from being quite dry to reasonable greasy where I feel it is necessary to put the spring rolls onto kitchen roll to absorb some of the excess grease. However this does not affect the crispiness of the pastry and the spring rolls are still very crispy. **Nutritional Information** Per duck spring roll 47 calories 1.9g fat ***Overall*** These are a very tasty snack from the Asda party food range and I would definitely recommend these as part of a party buffet. The spring roll pastry is crisp and golden and the duck inside is lean and very tasty. Not overly salty yet not at all bland. For £1 these are very good value for money and taste delicious. Definitely worth including in the party spread.