Believe it or not over the course of quite a few months my family and I managed to try every single Asian Cooking Sauce made my San-J. These are gluten free and dairy free sauces that I really just quite taste and make you want to have Asian dishes every single night. Below I have extensively reviewed each sauce in the order we tried them in
The orange sauce was the first sauce we got to try. This was because it is widely available. I found it at my local Safeway and immediately threw it into my cart. To use this sauce I decided to sauté it with some ground turkey breast, carrots, and water chestnuts. We then had it on a bed of rice with a little bit more of the sauce in the rice as well. At first taste we really liked this sauce, but the more we had it the more we didn’t like the taste. It reminded us of an orange peel taste and just really didn’t have much orange flavor at all. I was really hoping it would be more like the thick lemon sauces that I use to get at Chinese restaurants with lemon chicken. Unfortunately though it was quite thin and just flavorless in comparison to the other sauces San J makes.
Sweet & Tangy:
This was the second sauce we tried and it was by far favorited over the orange sauce. It tasted like a yummy sweet pineapple sauce and really had great flavor notes that just stood out over the orange sauce. We had it sautéed with ground turkey breast, water chestnuts, and carrots. It just had overall great flavor and was definitely a favorite amongst the family.
I have one word for this sauce SPICY! Watch out it seriously has a kick to it that I did not expect one bit. We ended up have this sauce sautéed with ground beef and some veggies, but man did it really give that dish some kick. Even with the rice it was still very hot. I would definitely watch how much you add as a little goes a very long way. Keep in mind we love spicy so us complaining about something being too hot is very uncommon. Unfortunately this came very close to being too hot. You really need to watch how much you add of this sauce so you don’t ruin your meal completely.
My sister one day wanted fried chicken wings so I figured this would be the perfect excuse to slather them in the Asian BBQ sauce. Besides by breading being slightly/very overcooked the sauce was actually quite tasty. It had an Asian flare to it that we all really enjoyed and finished up the bottle in a sautéed Asian dish a few days later.
This sauce we were looking forward to trying for a couple different reasons. Well really it was because the whole family enjoys the flavor of teriyaki and always has. This was a really tasty sauce and again we had this sauce the same way we have had most of the others with ground turkey breast and water chestnuts. It gave the dish great flavor and everyone was a fan. Definitely made us excited for leftovers unlike some of the other sauces. At the point of trying this one we likely ranked it as being our favorite of the bunch. Even before we had finished trying the last two.
The next sauce we tried was the Mongolian and we had this with ground sirloin, peas, and water chestnuts, which are my favorite. If you have never had a water chestnut you have to try them. You can find them in a can in the Asian section of every grocery store. They are delicious and great in Asian style cuisine. Now on to the sauce itself, it was great and just as good as the teriyaki that everyone raved about in the house. This was definitely a hit with everyone and a sauce we look forward to having again. The flavor was strong just like we wanted and we could clearly distinguish the flavor difference between this one and the previous sauces. Surprisingly this sauce has a small amount of sake in it which I would have never guessed but never the less it made the sauce great.
Thai Peanut was the last sauce we tried and boy after having that it looks like we may have a winner. With just a slight hint of peanut it did not overwhelm the dish. Then the small hint of spiciness was just perfect to round out any meal. We had this sauce like we have had all the other sauces, either with rice noodles or in some form of rice dish. It was delicious and it is definitely a competitor in being one of the best ones of the bunch. This sauce for us was gone the quickest. We cooked with it a couple times in the last few days and demolished the tasty bottle. We will definitely be investing in this gem again!
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