Here is a cracking story for you all. From generations of restauranteurs in their family, Sweet Mandarin were the winners of Gordon Ramsay’s F Word Best Local Chinese Restaurant in the UK. These incredible women from such an inspirational family have really made a splash with their restaurant and sauces. Appearing on Dragon’s Den and receiving an incredible deal with Duncan Bannatyne and even publishing a book, these ladies have the drive to do anything they set their minds to!
Opaque, almost strawberry jelly colour and with quite a thin consistency, it smells like a very vinegary tomato ketchup. I can’t really add anything else to that statement. It is smooth in the mouth and has a very pleasant medium tang to it. A lot of the time when you buy a sweet and sour sauce you will be overwhelmed by both flavours. This has an obvious sourness but it doesn’t hold the same bitterness as you would expect with such a mix of acids. The sweetness has a rather subtle approach in appearing after the sour has gone. As far as sweet and sour sauces go, this one has an equal sweet to sour ratio.
Water, Tomato Ketchup (Water, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Tomato Paste 12%, Spirit Vinegar, Sugar, Modified Maize Starch, Salt, Citric Acid, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate)), Sugar, White Vinegar (Water, Acetic Acid 4.5%), Potato Starch, Fresh Lemon Juice, Fresh Ginger, Natural Red colouring.
Suitable for Vegetarians, Gluten Free, No MSG, No Artificial Colours
Bottle kindly supplied by Sweet Mandarin
I think it would be a perfect addition to a stir fry, on any sorts of meats or quorn (as quorn just absorbs the flavours it would be fantastic). As a dipping sauce for the obligatory prawn crackers, chips, spring rolls, prawns. anything you fancy really.
Sweet Mandarin’s range of sauces can be bought from their website and are also stocked in Sainsbury’s in the ‘Free From’ aisle priced at £2.59, and at Selfridges, but I couldn’t tell you the price there. It’s definitely a sauce for anyone; from the sweet & sour connoisseur to the taste enthusiasts alike!