Mr. Singh’s BBQ Chilli Sauce

Mr. Singh’s is a family success story, one that started in a garden shed and now has it’s products in stores such as Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, and Ocado.  It seems now that Mr. Singh’s is going from strength to strength and is planning to release more sauces and products later in the year.

First of all, I was struck back by the fantastic packaging and bottle design of Mr. Singh’s BBQ Chilli Sauce, a real gem on the shelf this one.   Twisting the lid off for the first time, a big, rich aroma hits me – dark soy and sour fruit notes makes my mouth water.

Mr. Singh’s BBQ Chilli Sauce has a lovely smooth, thick consistency; it appears to the eye as sticky but actually it’s just got a glossy shine to it – a real good looking sauce that is great for pouring or dipping.

On my first try of Mr. Singh’s BBQ Chilli Sauce I immediately get a dark, sour, soy taste, a strong tamarind flavour is present.  A sharp yet warming heat makes it’s presence, followed by a long after burn.  The sauce is finished with subtle sweetness, which compliments the sourness perfectly. Really big flavours going on here.

The heat lasts but is not unpleasant; it’s a complex chilli profile and clearly comes from fresh chilies rather than an extract, lots of layers to the heat.

This BBQ Chilli Sauce is so far proving to be a versatile sauce; amazing with rice, noodles, and roasted meats, and also goes well with eggs, vegetables, and in sandwiches.

Mr. Singh’s BBQ Chilli Sauce is not a standard tasting American style barbecue sauce – it’s more soy flavoured than ketchup & sugar, and has much more sourness than sweetness.  In fact, I’d be happy to say this seems like a successful experiment between a chilli-barbecue sauce, and a HP style brown sauce.

A huge, dark monster of a sauce, Mr. Singh has torn-up the Barbecue sauce rule book and delivered a unique and standout sauce.  I’m really enjoying the sauce and look forward to using it each time.

 

YesChilli Hot Sauce

YesChilli Hot Sauce is pan roasted & sun dried dark pepper, and ginger based oil that is made in the UK. The ingredients in YesChilli Hot Sauce are just Sunflower oil, pepper, ginger, and soya extract, which sounds promising since I find that oils are best when just a few strong ingredients are added.

The oil is highly packed with the dark black pepper, you really have to give the bottle a vigorous shake to distribute the pepper and other ingredients from the bottom. YesChilli Hot Sauce is not a smooth pouring oil, this is a highly flecked oil which is quite thick due to the amount of bits in the bottle.

YesChilli Hot Sauce bursts your nostrils open with a deep, earthy aromatic smell of roasted chilli and soy, it’s a very powerful aroma which smells like it could wake up any dish it’s added to. The same goes for the taste, it’s ever so powerful and rich, a mass of roasted peppers and chilli heat fills the mouth on taste, a searing burn that is instant but fades fasts. I’m still in the dark at what chilli pepper is used in this sauce, but it tastes more like a hot black peppercorn than a fresh red chilli for example. The ginger is subtlety there, and the soy pushes through. YesChilli Hot Sauce is a clearly an Asian inspired tasting sauce, you’d really only pair this with Asian style foods due to the strong soy presence – but I could be wrong and will experiment.

YesChilli Hot Sauce is quite unique in that it really produces an instantly burning heat in your mouth, but hides fast leaving you to enjoy the wonderfully deep flavour that is left behind. I found that after eating quite a lot of the sauce in dish almost numbs the tongue a little, in the same way that too much Schezwan pepper can do.

I really enjoy this sauce on stir-fries, rice dishes, sushi, and I’ve roasted peanuts (see photos below) in it a few times now which are delightful. I found it quite difficult to review this sauce since it’s really unique and nothing like I’ve had before in terms of flavour. If you’re into your Asian food and don’t mind that this is an oil-based sauce, I’d say go out and buy this right-away – it’s really excellent – YES!