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I do like a good prawn cracker, but so many of the shop bought ones either taste of nothing much or taste really false, these ones however are just right.
A 60g bag (which doesn't really sound much but as they are so light you do get a decent bag full!) cost me £1.49 from my local co-op, so not mega cheap but I was happy to pay this price for them as they were much nicer than other shop bought brands I have tried previously. If you do have any allergies do check the allergy warning as there is quite a few of them and also do be aware that these are packed with calories! They do however taste fantastic so as far as I'm concerned all is forgiven! The tast is just right, just a hint of prawn flavour, not false tasting at all. The texture is also fab, they are quite thick and seem a lot more substantial than many. They are nice and crispy but are melt in the mough just like they should be.
These are the closest thing to the prawn crackers in my favourite cantonese restaurant, so full marks to Sharwoods!!
Whenever my mum fancies crisps she buys prawn crackers because she doesn't like many brands of crisps and prefers the light crispy texture of cracker snacks. She even thinks QUAVERS are too stodgy, the woman is seriously weird! lol
These Sharwoods prawn crackers are wicked, I love it when she buys them because it means I can have a bit of a munch up on them. They cost nearly £1.00 for a 60g bag and that's quite dear, but there's something about this brand that sets them apart from all the others we've tried.
Part of it is that Sharwoods prawn crackers are a bit thicker than most so you've got a good mouth full to chew on. The thicker size doesn't change the texture much though and these are as crispy as the prawn crackers we usually get from the Chinese, they've also got a lovely light texture than makes them perfect for dipping or scooping up any sauce off your home made Chinese dinner.
The flavour of them is proper nice, it's hard to describe the taste of prawn crackers because none of them taste exactly of prawns! lol These have got a very faint fishy flavour and if you concentrate I reckon you'd be able to guess it was some sort of seafood..... but prawns??? Not really.
These aren't greasy at all, a few months ago my mum brought some of them dried prawn crackers that have to be fried. They were proper rank and I couldn't taste the crackers over the fat! These were nothing like that and have just got a rich crackery flavour if that makes any sense at all!
These are my definate faves when it comes to ready made prawn crackers, the Tesco own brand ones are also wickedly tasty but these ones from Sharwoods just about beat them because of the thicker texture that I love.
I don't usually purchase prawn crackers from the supermarket, mainly because if I do eat Chinese food I would usually go to a restaurant. However yesterday after quite a busy day Mr Lools and I decided we would cook Chinese at home, and what better to accompany our (home cooked from scratch) Chilli Beef are prawn crackers. Picking up the Sharwoods brand, I had faith that these would be a good choice.
The prawn crackers come in a bright red foil bag. There is an oriental design on the front of the packet and the Sharwoods logo on the front of the pack. Underneath is an image of the prawn crackers contained within the bag.
The nutritional information is also clearly visible on the packaging.
I bought these from Sainsbury's and paid £1.34 for a 60g bag which I thought was very reasonable. Asda sell these for £1.12.
The Sharwood's prawn crackers are ready to eat, therefore as soon as you open the foil bag you can dip in!
As you open the bag you notice a strong prawn aroma, from the scent you would imagine that the prawn crackers are going to be quite strong tasting.
The prawn crackers are a very very light golden colour . They are an oval curved shape about 6cm long. The prawn crackers are thicker than traditional prawn crackers. At my local Chinese restaurant they serve thicker prawn crackers and I prefer them to the larger but thinner prawn crackers takeaways serve as the thicker prawn crackers are less greasy. Because the Sharwoods prawn crackers are thicker, it means there are less broken crackers in the bag and they are tougher and do not break as easy.
When you bite into the prawn crackers you will notice they are very very crispy. Although they are thick they are still very light and I did not feel they were as greasy as the crackers from a Chinese takeaway or typical Chinese restaurant.
I was surprised at the taste of the prawn crackers; they tasted of prawn but very subtle, despite the scent of the prawn crackers having a very strong prawn aroma. As you eat the prawn cracker the prawn taste does not get stronger and after you have swallowed the cracker only a very light prawn taste is left in your mouth. I actually prefer the subtle prawn taste and am not keen on extremely strong prawn crackers.
The Sharwoods prawn crackers come in a 60g bag. The nutritional information is displayed per 15g (per quarter of the bag).
Mr Lools and I shared the bag which was a decent amount of prawn crackers to eat. I was surprised that the calories content was lower than I had expected and even if you do eat half the bag this is still less calories and fat than eating a standard sized packet of Walkers crisps!
I will definitely be purchasing these prawn crackers again if I decide to cook a Chinese meal at home. The prawn crackers are crispy, light and I was surprised that the calorie and fat content was lower than 200 calories for half this large bag. The prawn crackers have a very subtle prawn taste which I prefer and as the prawn crackers are the thicker variety you do not end up with lots of broken crackers. Top marks!
I do a lot of home cooking to save money and sometimes I want a change from my usual budget and on these occasions I usually cook an Indian or Chinese at home and what else do I want to go with my egg fried rice & chicken chow mein but prawn crackers!
The packet is plastic and there are 60g of prawn crackers within the bag. The crackers are quite large in size and are very crunchy when you bite in to them and will make lots of mess everywhere if you aren't careful. There is a fairly fishy scent to the bag but nothing overwhelming and I think that these are just as nice as any bag I have ever picked up with a takeaway. Also, these are far more convenient than the ones that you deep fry yourself (as I have done in the past) and I don't have to spend money on oil or gas for cooking.
I am very pleased with these prawn crackers and they have always gone down very well in our household. They are easy to just buy and store in the cupboard along with rice and noodles for whenever the mood takes me and these have been known to go on half price offer at my local Tesco so I always keep my eyes peeled when shopping and stock up. I would definitely recommend these prawn crackers as nibbles at a party or as an accompaniment to a home cooked Chinese meal. I have even been known to use eat a packet of these as a snack and I am never disappointed with the quality or taste and it's just so easy for me to throw these in to a bowl.
This 60g packet is available from Tesco stores or www.tesco.co.uk for £1.14 and this is a very reasonable price for the quantity in the bag, although, I could probably nip to my local Chinese and buy a bag slightly cheaper but then I'd be tempted to buy lots of lovely snacks while I'm there!
I am rating these prawn crackers 5/5 as they are simply delicious and there is nothing that I would change about them at all.
By the time I'd hit my early teens, my parents had deemed me civilised enough to enter the world of the Chinese eatery, a type of restaurant that was far away from the local pubs that we'd normally dined in (alcohol is quite a good way to get me to shut up in extreme circumstances such as 'has that woman got a moustache?).
In the first Chinese restaurant I ever went in, just after taking our seats at the table, the young waitress carefully strolled over to our table clutching a basket with these weird crisp like things inside. Instantly intrigued because they shared an uncanny resemblance to Pom Bears crossed with Quavers, due to the colouring and depth, my parents were initially reluctant to tell me the name of these crispy snacks before us.
So taking a bite I was instantly quite impressed; these Chinese starters vaguely reminded me of something, a food that I hadn't purposely eaten in a number of years - Skips, the crisps that all the rage in the 1990s, for one reason or another. I was eating were prawn crackers and I have to say that from that moment on, I've loved them. I've never liked fish, or indeed prawn flavoured crisps, because of the somewhat overpowering aroma that the former emits as you walk past the fish monger in supermarkets, particularly Morrison's. However, that didn't seem to matter then and it still doesn't now; I love prawn crackers and they are one of the many highlights of going to any Chinese restaurant.
OK, SO YOU LIKE PRAWN CRACKERS IN THE CHINESE - WHY DID YOU BUY SOME IN THE SUPERMARKET?
Without going into too much detail about a negative force within my life right now, in my University accommodation there is no oven - stupid I know. However, there is a hob which I do a lot of my cooking off and a good, healthy meal I have found to be is the humble stir fry; they are quick and easy to prepare and cook and are full of good nutrition (sounds odd coming from a student, huh?). Stir fries can be a little bland though and a bit too light a meal without another type of food with them so rice or the beloved prawn crackers can help bulk it out a bit and make it much tastier too!
In Asda shortly after the Chinese New Year, the supermarket had an offer on all of their Sharwood's products - buy any two items for £2. Stir fry sauces of course topped the list but my eyes couldn't help but be captivated by the bright red packaging of the prawn crackers before me: I knew I had to get a couple of bags, even if it was just to compare them to their Chinese restaurant counterparts - well, that's my shameless excuse and I'm sticking to it!
If you purchase the Sharwood's Prawn Crackers whilst they were not on the offer, you're looking at paying anywhere from about £1.20 to £1.40 in many supermarkets and they can be found in the aisle with noodles and other variations of Chinese and Asian cuisine.
FIRST THINGS FIRST: WHAT DO SHARWOOD'S PRAWN CRACKERS LOOK LIKE AND HOW MANY DO YOU GET IN A PACK?
Inside the red and pink dragon swirled bag, there's apparently 60g's worth of prawn crackers which I've found to be enough for approximately four to six meals if you are eating them all to yourself (and let's face it: why would you bother sharing prawn crackers if you love them as much as I do?!). The prawn crackers themselves are actually a nice size and look exactly (surprise, surprise) like they do in the Chinese; they are thicker than a crisp in terms of depth and they are slightly curled, like Pringles and Quavers. The good thing about the crackers being curled is the fact that if you want to put anything on top of them, such as vegetables or meat from your stir fry or you want to dip them in sauces such as sweet and sour or chilli, it's easier to do so whereas if the crackers were made flat, you'd probably get more all over your lap then in your mouth!
The reason why I compared prawn crackers to Pom Bears in the first place was due to their appearance; on the surface, the texture looks almost bubbly. They are surprisingly light like Pom Bears too and, although the taste is very different, the texture is roughly similar so in that respect, your children may like them too; going back to the Quavers thing, like prawn crackers, they melt in the mouth quite easily and there aren't any rough edges which could put you off because of potential choking hazards.
UPON OPENING THE PACKET...
These light golden delights beam at you! Then the smell hits you and you finally realise that you're about to eat something with a fishy flavour. The smell is definitely the least attractive thing about all prawn crackers - well, that's the case if you don't normally like fish. However, whilst the smell is quite potent, it's not necessarily an unpleasant aroma, but you do get a whiff of the prawn flavouring almost instantly after opening the packet.
But then you'll think to yourself 'why the heck am I sat here sniffing them instead of trying one...or two?!' When you first pick a cracker out of the packet, you'll notice that the crackers are a little greasy between the fingers but perhaps not as much so as fresh prawn crackers that have just been cooked in a restaurant which is probably because these are not fresh. Sharwood's crackers are however ready to eat which means you don't have to eat them whilst cooking, or indeed with a stir fry but perhaps as a less salty replacement for crisps.
When you do finally take a bite, you'll release just how good these prawn crackers are; they taste exactly like how they do in the restaurants! Yay! The prawn flavour is apparent but not overtly obvious and they do have a flavour which is a mixture between prawns and perhaps ready salted crisps because of how the fish is not an overwhelming flavour but still distinguishable. The crackers aren't too salty either which in some of my local Chinese restaurants can often be the case.
One of the most delightful things about Sharwood's Prawn Crackers was the texture; the crackers were crisp, even after being opened for a few days, and very, very light. The lightness of the crackers made it near enough impossible to put them away because they were just so incredibly moreish; I ate one and wanted another ten to make sure I did love them as much as I thought I did which of course was the case!
As I mentioned earlier, the crackers can be eaten with stir fries or separate dipping sauces. As of yet, I'm yet to try the latter suggestion (give me time!) but if you do decide to eat these crackers after cooking a stir fry, one of the best ways to eat them is by dipping them in the accompanying sauce. I can't say I overly recommend the Sharwood's Sweet & Sour or Hoi Sin sauces, but I've recently tried some of the Blue Dragon's range and have to say that the crackers are ridiculously addictive if eating them with any of their sauces, particularly the Szechuan Tomato and Chilli & Garlic sauces. Dipping the crackers into the sauce will make them melt, which makes them even more delicious because they become warm and even more meltable in the mouth.
INGREDIENTS, NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION AND SUITABILITY
The two most notable ingredients that Sharwood highlights are eggs and - unsurprisingly - prawns so if you're allergic to either of those ingredients, the chances are you may not want to try prawn crackers at all, let alone the Sharwood's brand! The only other ingredients listed on the packaging are tapioca starch, salt, sugar and vegetable oil so if you're a Pescetarian, you should be able to enjoy Sharwood's Prawn Crackers without too much bother.
Sharwood recommend that you eat the prawn crackers in 15g servings, which is a quarter of a packet each time you serve them. The nutritional info actually isn't that alarming here; with each 15g serving comes 78 calories, 1% of your daily sugar intake and 2% of the recommended salt allowance. Fats are predictably a little heavier at 4.6g per serving and the saturates are at12% of the guided quantity which isn't too bad but - like crisps - it would perhaps be a bad idea to gorge on these beauties if you do happen to be a bit health conscious...
It's advisable that once you open the prawn crackers that you keep them as best sealed as you can so either tying up the end with a food tag or folding the edge down and sealing it with selotape. Also, make sure that you keep the prawn crackers out of direct sunlight and in a cool, dry place so that the snacks maintain their crispness and flavour. Sharwood don't provide a recommended 'once open, eat within so many days' blurb but in the past I've managed to make the crackers last over a week and, even more remarkably, they're as tasty and as crunchy as when I first open them, which I have to admit I wasn't expecting.
The best thing about the Sharwood's Prawn Crackers is the fact that they taste identical to those you get in Chinese restaurants. In the past, I've tried Tesco's own brand of prawn crackers and I have to say those were disappointing because of their plastic like consistency and stale texture. However, Sharwood's crackers are remarkably authentic and tasty and are a fantastic addition to a stir fry, just to break up the monotony of the vegetables.
Another advantage to the Sharwood's brand of crackers is the fact that they are ready to eat from the packet, so you don't have to faff about heating them up or cooking them yourself. This is also one of the only downfalls of the product as I find myself cooking and eating these at the same time! How naughty of me...of course if you're on a diet, it perhaps wouldn't be too good an idea to get yourself some of these; once you open them, they are totally irresistible and you could find yourself with just half a packet left if you don't show signs of self restraint! They are very much like Pringles in that respect too, although because they come in an ordinary crisp type packet, you can't use the slogan 'once you pop, you just can't stop' although it is very accurate with these crackers...
But if you can show self restraint (or at least the ability to share) Sharwood's Prawn Crackers are a wonderful accompaniment to any meal. Perhaps it takes away from the healthiness or the stir fry but who frankly cares when they taste so good?!
I love to cook Chinese meals at home and like to have some prawn crackers to accompany the meal. In the past I have cooked these crackers myself buying the dried version from the Chinese supermarket and deep frying them but more recently have found its much less hassle to buy them ready made. One of the makes I have bought a few times is the Sharwood's Prawn Crackers.
The prawn crackers come in a 60g foil bag and are ready to eat kept nice and fresh and crisp in the bag. The expiry date on my current packet is in 3 months time so you can buy them and store them for a while in your cupboard but mine never tend to sit there long enough!
Sharwood's suggests that as well as using them as an accompaniment to your Chinese meal you can also use them as an easy starter by serving them with a dip such as sweet chilli sauce or Hoi-Sin sauce. You can also get more meal ideas by going on the Sharwood's website.
If you have never had prawn crackers they are a type of crisp made with prawn and tapioca starch and are crispy but light I guess similar consistency to a quaver type of crisp. The Sharwood's prawn crackers are thicker than other prawn crackers I have tried and perhaps slightly smaller in size being about 1-2 inches long and about an inch wide roughly. They are crispy and taste of prawn, they aren't too greasy which is nice and taste very yummy. They are perfectly cooked and are white in colour. My husband and I managed to polish off the whole bag along with our Chinese stir-fry.
The ingredients contain prawn and egg for those who might have allergies. They are free from artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. They however may contain peanuts so allergy sufferers take note as it is only mentioned on the back in small writing.
The nutritional information is given per 15g serving and per 100g. That means last night I managed to eat 2 peoples servings!!
Per 15g serving -
Calories - 78kcal
Carbohydrate - 9.0g
Fat - 4.6g
I like these prawn crackers they have a great flavour and a nice texture. They are quite thick and crispy yet light at the same time. They make a great addition to your Chinese meal and it's a bit like having a Chinese takeaway at home. They cost around £1.19 and are available from most supermarkets. They are more expensive than the Tesco own brand which are about half the price. However I like the thickness of these and I will certainly buy these again but perhaps not every week as they are a lot more expensive. Nice to have as a treat now again with your Chinese meal.
These prawn crackers are made by Sharwoods and so when we make a chinese at home, we usually have these as they taste the most autentic in my opinion out of all the ready made ones you can buy.
Sharwoods is a recognised brand in asian food, and they produce a variety of products from sauces, breads, noodles and rices to go with the thai, chinese and indian foods.
The packaging is eye catching, with its bright red bag and blue logo. I tried the original prawn crackers they do, but they also have lemon and coriander ones which I thought would be good. The bag is foiled lined so seals in the freshness and keeps crackers crisp and fresh.
They taste very authentic, and although smaller than the ones you would get from the chinese they still taste pretty good. They are crunchy without being too crispy and they melt in your mouth so taste very fresh. They do have quite a strong prawn flavour, so if you prefer the more mild flavoured prawn crackers these may not be the ones for you. I also like these because they arent as greasy as the ones from the chinese and so feel like they are more healthy!
The pack costs about 1.10 for a 60g bag, which is not a bad price, but you can get much cheaper prawn crackers if you buy the supermarkets own brand.
I often have themed dinners with my family as it makes meal times more interesting and appealing especially to my two children. I used to buy another brand of prawn crackers for our 'Chinese' night but when I saw these Sharwood prawn crackers for half price in Tescos I thought I would give them a go.
They come in a large 60g bag which is plenty for a shared side dish. It is a bright red attractive bag that is made of foil to keep in the freshness. The usual price for these is approx £1.10.
They are smaller than the prawn crackers you would get in a Chinese restaurant about 4cm long and 2 cm wide.
The flavor is very strong and for me a bit too 'fake' but the kids prefer these to the other ones.
They taste nice on their own but taste delicious dipped in sweet chilli sauce. Ingredients:
Tapioca Starch, Vegetable oil, Prawns (14%), Sugar, Egg, Salt.
There are 520 Kcal per 100g with 15.1g of saturated fat.
One of my favourite parts of a Chinese take away are the prawn crackers and so when I found out that you can buy ready to eat prawn crackers from Sharwoods I was quite excited and interested to try them and see whether they were as good as authentic, proper Chinese Prawn Crackers.
Sharwoods is a British food company which has actually been around since 1889. I would say they are probably the most recognized maker of foreign cuisine products in this country. They produce sauces, breads, noodles etc for use in Chinese, Indian and South East Asian cooking and in my opinion are generally very good. Apparently, according to an article I read they hold the largest market share in Britain of these types of food goods and as of 2007 claim to have 28% of the ambient Asian market.
The prawn crackers come in a foil bag and look much like a big packet of crisps. The bag I usually buy is 50g and is a light red in colour. It has Sharwoods written on the front surrounded by a blue label made to look like a Chinese dragon and also has a picture of one of their prawn crackers. In Sainsburys at the moment they sell for £1.14 per bag which is not bad in my opinion. I would say one bag will serve two people as a side dish to your main Chinese meal.
In fact, Sharwoods market these as a light and crispy savoury Chinese accompaniment. That's a great way to market them I believe because I feel these really do add to your home made Chinese and really add to the meal perfectly. I always feel like we are having a proper take away when I add these crackers to the dinner table.
In my opinion they taste really good and definitely very authentic, just like proper Chinese prawn crackers I'm happy to report. They are definitely light and crispy and have those lovely air bubbles like normal prawn crackers do. I would say they are probably a bit thicker than Chinese shop crackers and a bit smaller but that does not mean they are any better or worse. They have quite a nice strong flavour, definitely quite prawny and are very moorish indeed. Apparently according to the information on the bag, they are made with real prawns to create a light and crispy restaurant style cracker. Well, that definitely explains the prawny taste and why to me they taste just like a restaurant cracker, they have indeed got this product right!
The other great thing about them is that in my opinion they do not have a very high calorie count which is nice. Per 15g which they say is one serving there are only 78 calories which is good considering the amount of other calories you will be consuming whilst having a big Chinese meal!
All in all a great product that I definitely recommend.