Manda African Chilli Sauce – Review

by Darth Naga on November 5, 2009 · 3 comments

in Product Reviews

Manda African Chilli Sauce

Manda African Chilli Sauce

Another day, another product review by yours truly, and what a great way to spend a tuesday evening than sampling a hot sauce and putting my opinion across about it. The sauce I have today comes from a company known as “Manda Foods limited” and I was lucky enough to meet them at the FFUK festival earlier this year, a couple of lovely people who were very happy to give me a bottle for review purposes and were constantly happy and smiling it seemed, and they had good reason to! The company itself was started back in 2004 by Royda Manda with a sauce made from traditional Zambian chillies, herbs and spices, originally it was developed and produced by Royda in her home kitchen and traded as a cottage industrial product, supplying the local retail companies, in 2006 Royda made a breakthrough and her product was soon stocked at ASDA stores in the UK and is to this day one of the top selling ethnic chilli sauces on ASDA shelves!

Ingredients: Scotch bonnet and Habanero peppers (50%), Tomatoes, Onions, Salt, Parsley, Zambian mixed spices, Spirit vinegar, Olive oil, Lime juice.

Wow! another sauce that contains all natural ingredients, I seem to be getting alot of these lately, not that i’m complaining mind you, nothing better than an all natural fresh tasting hotsauce! “Manda African Chilli Sauce (extra hot)” comes in a bottle that is more similar to non-mainstream hotsauce’s than the supermarket brands it shares a shelf with in ASDA.

The lable on said bottle is quite literally a feast for the eyes, the Manda logo itself is black on a bright orange background with a picture of Africa and some fruit behind it, the label also has a very traditional looking edging to it, making it look very ethnic indeed and thus keeping true to its roots!

The sauce itself has a similar orangey-red colour to alot of habanero/scotch bonnet based sauces, albeit this one has a nice amount of seeds and flesh suspended in the sauce itself thus giving it a very marbled effect. The texture is that of a nice chunky sauce that is thick, but pourable and as everyone knows by now, I LOVE a sauce that is pourable but not runny, so this sauce fits the bill perfectly on looks and texture, lets have a whiff eh?

I opened the bottle and took a hearty sniff of its contents, the beautiful smell of fresh scotch bonnets and habanero’s filled my nose as I assumed it would, there was a hint of vinegar in there as well but it certainly did’nt overpower the pepper smell, which was a refreshing change from other vinegary hot products.

I decided to jump in feet first and took out my tasting spoon, pouring this lovely gloopy mixture onto my spoon and placing it into my mouth, holding it there to fully appreciate the flavour and heat and WOW was I pleasantly surprised! The flavour is (in my honest opinion) completely unmatched in the supermarket today, this has a wonderful mix of both bonnets and habs and the flavour from both is intense, I was expecting the same sort of vinegary taste you get with most supermarket hotsauces but boy was I wrong!! The vinegar was undetectable among the other flavours the sauce held, but the heat..now THAT was detectable, this is easily the hottest natural hotsauce available in ASDA today, in fact the only product on the supermarket shelves that is remotely similar to this is Encona hotsauce but even that is overshadowed by this in terms of both flavour and heat!!

If you want to pick up a bottle of this (which I strongly suggest you do!) then you can obviously pick it up at your local ASDA store, its also available to buy online from www.mandafoods.co.uk at the paltry price of £2.70 a bottle, that includes postage btw, the sauce is actually only £1.20, which i’m sure you’ll all agree is a bargain! If you don’t pick up a bottle of this from Royda herself (www.mandafoods.co.uk) or ASDA then you will surely be missing out on one of the finest African hotsauces thats readily available in supermarkets today!

Till next time padawanz, may the sauce be with you, always!!
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avatar Anita June 2, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Please can you tell me were can i purchase this extra hot sauce cant get it in Asda anymore
I live in Roehampton area

Thanks Anita

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avatar Poh May 29, 2014 at 3:11 am

I love the Manda extra hot chilli sauce. Is the hottest and best tasting chilli sauce I have ever came across on a supermarket shelf. I bought all 8 bottles from my local Asda just in case they don’t stock them anymore. I have given some to my friends and the verdicts are the same; ‘hot but nice’.

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avatar Nanook La'brook November 5, 2009 at 12:32 pm

I’M OVER THE MOON YOU’VE HAD I CHANCE TO REVIEW THIS GEM!.
I’VE HAD IT FOR SOME TIME NOW, AND I QUITE AGREE WITH YOUR,
REMARKS ON THIS BRILLIANT SAUCE. AND IN RESPONSE TO:
‘The vinegar was undetectable amongst the other flavours the sauce held’…YOU ARE SO RIGHT!. THIS SAUCE TASTES GREAT,
AND IS VERY HOT AND VERY TASTY!. ALSO IF YOU KEEP AN EYE ON,
THE SAUCE AT ASDA, THE PRICE GO’S UP AND AND DOWN FROM,
ABOUT 90p! TO ABOUT £1.20 LIKE YOU SAID..MY LOCAL ASDA ARE,
ANYWAY!..(PARK ROYAL AND WEMBLEY PARK)..
THANK AGAIN ALL AT CHILE FOUNDRY!…KEEP IT HOT!!..

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