House of Tsang – Szechuan Spicy Stir Fry Sauce!
Posted by bronzechains on January 24, 2009
I’m always on the lookout for new or different things to eat, especially if they’re easy to prepare. Stir fry is pretty simple, as long as one has a grasp on basic kitchen skills. I found this sauce in the “Asian Food” section at Wal-Mart. It’s a relatively small section, but they do have a few interesting items. I’m always drawn to the ethnic foods section at the supermarket, on the off chance that I’ll find something cool. So I picked up this stir fry sauce for $2.78, and grabbed some fresh vegetables and chicken to go with it. I completely forgot about rice.
I cooked up the chicken and vegetables, and threw the sauce in. It smelled like garlic and soy sauce, pretty much like any standard stir fry sauce. It definitely smelled spicier than other sauces in this genre. As an aside, I was proud of myself for cooking the vegetables exactly the way I always want to. You know, tender but still crisp? I have a hard time getting multiple vegetables to come out just right usually, but this time I think I nailed it. The onions were exactly how I like them, with a little crunch left in them. And the peppers weren’t limp and floppy. So to that end, this venture was a success. I just had to find out if the sauce was actually good. Here’s a pic of the finished dish:
The taste: Definitely spicier than the average stir fry sauce, with moderate heat that builds slowly. It doesn’t overpower the flavor at all, though. There’s garlic in there, no doubt about it. This sauce had everything a stir fry sauce should have, only with a pretty decent spicy kick. I thought it was a bit sweeter than most sauces, but that helped balance out the saltiness. There’s quite a bit of sodium in this sauce, surprise surprise. If you like spicy, sweet stir fry, give this stuff a try. It’s a good sauce, and I imagine it would work well as a table sauce, or basted on some chicken or seafood. I’ve yet to try it a second time, but I’m betting it would be great in a number of applications.
On nutritional info: A tablespoon serving of this sauce has 25 calories, a gram of fat, 3 grams of sugar, and 500mg of sodium. Not what I’d call a disgustingly unhealthy addition to a meal. Just don’t add a ton of this sauce to your stir fry. It really doesn’t take much, as the flavor is pretty potent.
Regarding value, this sauce is a great deal. I’m a cheapskate at the grocery store, and I cut corners wherever I can. Aside from the occasional splurge, I always try to spend as little as reasonably possible. I paid almost three dollars for this bottle, and I used very little of it. I could probably make stir fry for myself another 5 or 6 times before the bottle was empty.
Thumbs up, fo sho.