“ Brand: Asda / Type: Snacks „
First off before I get stuck into this review I must point out that what I'm about to review isn't quite what is listed here. I have he filo prawns but without the chilli dip! I did ask for a link, Dooyoo told me to come here and tell you all about it so here I am! Basically though there is no difference apart from no chilli sauce being within the box!
On the front of the box there is a picture of prawns wrapped in pastry and I am told that they are Asda '12' Filo Prawns and that they contain no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat, that they weight 120g, to keep them frozen And the best before date is clearly stamped on. On the back of the box other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, cooking instructions are also given, there is a full nutritional chart stated and contact details for Asda are listed. Inside the prawns are in a sealed up plastic bag you have to cut open to get into. Nice enough looking box and it is informative as it needs to be of course.
To cook these all you do is cook them from frozen, in the oven in about 10-12 minutes. I found mine to cook in 10 minutes flat.
They are small tube shapes with a prawn in each light pastry wrapper, all have a small tail to the end which simply pulls off with ease.
They take on a slight golden colour though the filo casing doesn't go too hard but it does remain firm. They really aren't that big and are quite skinny but look nice and of course you get 12 of them!
Taste wise I found these totally fabulous! The filo pastry was harder on the outside than on the inside due to the moist prawns. The prawns were well seasoned but plain in flavour and I loved the texture of these plus the taste. Simple and plain these are great quality and tasty though not the biggest prawns I've ever seen even though they are listed on the ingredient list as king prawns. However what prawns they are, are fresh tasting and no horrid bits are in there. I think these are great and they are currently sold in Asda for a pound a box and I think that is a bargain!
Nutritional Information Per 100g:
Of which sugars: 1.9g
Of which saturates; 2.7g
equivalent as salt: 1.0g
Only available in Asda stores costing a pound a box.
Because Asda party food has been a feature in our freezer on a seasonal basis for around 3 years now Mr Lools and I have certain "old favourites". The Asda Filo prawns were included in that "favourite list", well until recently.
Asda Filo prawns are part of the party food range. The packaging of the Filo prawns is branded consistently with the Asda party food range; a deep red cardboard box with a very festive look to it. There are 12 filo prawns per pack. 12 Filo prawns is written in white font and there is an image of the cooked filo prawns on the front of the packaging.
Inside of the box the filo prawns are in two sealed plastic bags. Six filo prawns in each bag. Therefore you do not need to store the product in the cardboard box if you are running out of space in the freezer as the sealed plastic bags are much easier to store than the bulky cardboard packaging.
The cooking instructions are on the packaging. The filo prawns should be cooked at 200 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
A pack of 12 filo prawns costs £1 in Asda. I think this is very good value and a similar price to the other supermarkets party food ranges.
The filo prawns are as expected prawns covered in filo pasty. The prawns are stretched out and covered in filo pastry. The filo pastry parcel is about 0.5cm wide and 4 cm long. The tail of the prawn just sticks out of the filo pastry giving you something to hold and not eat this part of the prawn.
Once the prawns are cooked and removed from the oven you can smell the golden pastry and the prawns do not have a particularly fishy scent like you may expect.
The pastry is a very light golden colour. In my opinion the pastry is a little bit too light and not as golden as filo patry should be, therefore it looks slightly undercooked.
When you bite into the filo prawn you are hit with the taste of the pastry first. Unlike in previous years I found that this year the filo pastry is very soggy and not crispy like it used to be. This made the pastry seem too thick and a little too chewy as opposed to crunchy. This matter was made worse as the prawns inside the pastry were very small. Therefore when you took a mouthful you could taste savoury pastry as opposed to prawn.
The prawns inside had a very bland taste and were almost tasteless. I feel that prawns should not taste overly "fishy" but should have a meaty type fish taste. Unfortunately the prawns inside of the pastry just had quite a salty taste to them. What was more disappointing is that after biting into the prawns I noticed "black bits" inside of the prawn which meant that it hadn't been prepared properly. In the first pack we tried 5 out of the 12 prawns had these black bits in them and the following two packs we bought also had 3 prawns per pack which in my opinion were inedible.
Per filo prawn
I am not sure if Asda have changed the recipe of their filo prawns or I have eaten boxes from a bad batch however I really am disappointed with these products this year. Previously the Asda filo prawns contained decent sized good quality prawns in perfect pastry. This Christmas this is not the case and in the three packs I have tried the pastry has been too thick and soggy and the prawns are too small and contained "black bits" . I won't be snacking or stocking these on my buffet table unfortunately.