“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Snack „
I absolutely love Chinese food and in particular snacky type foods. If my parents go out of a weekend I always go to the fridge and look to see what I'm left. As someone who forgets to eat my Mum does the majority of my shopping and she always gets me nice stuff and the other week I was left a slap up Chinese meal and along with that I found she'd bought me a box of these! Ok, ok at 34 years old I'm really very spoilt why do you think I'm not planning on moving out ever? Haha I know which side of my bread is buttered I tell you and I'm staying put thank-you very much lol! The Packaging.... The ten 'pieces' come in a black plastic tray covered in a tight cling film that pulls off easily enough. Over that there is a dark green 'sleeve' and on that in red and white writing I'm told they are Oriental Sainsbury's Snack Selection and are produced in the UK, that they serve 2, are freezable and the best before date is clearly stamped on. There is an at a glance nutritional chart displayed and I'm told they contain no MSG, hydrogenated fats, artificial colours or flavours. Other information on the sleeve includes a full nutritional value chart, ingredients are listed and allergy advice and storage instructions are given. I'm also told how to cook them (can be eaten cold too if preferred), size is stated (290g collectively), recycling information is given, contact details for Sainsbury's are fully listed and finally there is a bar-code on there. Nice enough packaging and informative enough though nothing special to look at. How To Cook.... From chilled 12 minutes or from frozen for 18 minutes on a baking tray in a pre-heated oven Electric 190C/Gas Mark 5. So ok this is a nice 10 piece selection of 4 sesame prawn toasts, 4 prawn wontons and 2 vegetable spring rolls. All fairly large and when you peel back the lid you get a slight vegetable aroma and hint of a ginger smell! Personally I ate one of the items cold which I enjoyed but then I cooked the rest and decided they are far more tasty cooked even if then left to go cold! The Sesame Prawn Toasts.... Light brown triangles made of course from white bread. One side is thickly coated with sesame seeds and when cooked the toast seems to plump out alot more than when it's uncooked and a little grease moistens the bread opposed once again to when it isn't cooked through. When cooked as well they become crunchy on the outside and a slight golden brown colour. Under the sesame seeds there is a nice, thick pink layer of well seasoned prawns with a slight crunchy texture added to it with small chunks of well blended and juicy water chestnuts. Nicely seasoned, not messy to eat I really felt these were incredibly authentic and yummy and when I'd eaten the 4 triangles I wanted more of them to be perfectly honest with you. Excellent quality, really tasting of prawns and all round lovely and light and crispy. Prawn Wantons.... Usually my least favourite things in a snack pack once again these came up trumps in the taste test. Large well formed pale pastry parcels that once cooked take on a light golden colour and the parcel at the bottom is full of chunks of prawn, carrot, cabbage, leek and bamboo shoots all well blended and well cooked through. Tasty.... these really were with all the flavours really complimenting each-other brilliantly and I loved the texture. I like the way they are seasoned well with salt and pepper and once again when cooked (opposed to eating them cold) they become slightly greasy (ever so slightly so) which really makes them digest easier than when dry. I loved these and again thought they were amazing quality! The Spring Rolls.... Fat and pale until cooked these were packed full of vegetables but again the pastry was strong and sealed at the ends making them simple to eat. Not one bit greasy when cooked these went really hard on the outside which contrasted nicely with the inside soft and well cooked vegetables. They are packed with beansprouts, carrot and cabbage and really are highly flavoured with garlic, cinnamon, clove and fennel (and other things but that's all I could taste spice wise!) and they were nicely once again sweetened and seasoned. Really filling these were and simply tasted really fresh and went down a treat. Overall.... Great for a high quality snack or to give to guests these really for me were perfection and incredibly flavoursome! I thoroughly enjoyed munching through an entire tray of these and being a pot bellied pig that day and highly recommend these to everyone with no quibbles at all! Allergy Advice.... Contains sesame seed, shellfish, egg, wheat gluten & soya Not suitable for nut allergy sufferers due to the methods used in the manufacture of this product. Nutritional Information.... Per Half Pack.... Calories: 418 Fat: 26.2g Saturated Fat: 3.5g Salt: 1.66g Total Sugars: 4.0g Only available in Sainsbury's priced at £2.69 a pack (and worth ever penny guys lol) in the fresh, chilled refrigerator.