As the latest entrant to the sauce market, the new range of Sweet Mandarin Sauces from Manchester are hoping to grow the dipping sauce category with the launch of three new gluten-free varieties: Barbecue, Sweet Chilli and Sweet & Sour.
Barbecue is a thick, fruity sauce designed to appeal as a dip with prawn crackers and other snacks or as a marinade for meats.
Sweet Chilli is a concoction of fresh red chillies mixed with garlic and vinegar designed for stir-fries, noodles or salads or on the side, as a zingy dip.
Sweet & Sour is a classic Chinese sauce of contradictory flavours designed to be used as a dipping sauce with spring rolls and other appetisers or use with meat as a sauce
The range has been developed by twin sisters Helen and Lisa Tse, owners of the Sweet Mandarin restaurant located in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.
Open since 2004 Helen and Lisa are the fourth generation of their family to make and sell food for a living.
Now established as a venue for Chinese dining, the restaurant was awarded Best Local Chinese Restaurant by Gordon Ramsay’s F Word.
In direct response to growing demand from diners looking to take home Chinese home cooking from the restaurant the sisters were inspired to launch the collection of Sweet Mandarin Sauces.
Each sauce is hand mixed by chef Lisa Tse in the Sweet Mandarin kitchen and tells part of the tale of the Tse family history.
Using recipes passed down through generations, Lisa aims to add a modern take on the authentic flavours and aromas found in China’s street markets.
The full range is gluten-free so suitable for coeliacs – a condition affecting one in every 100 people in the UK.
The range is available now, RRP £2.99 per bottle (plus p&p) for the Barbecue and Sweet Chilli and RRP £2.50 per bottle (plus p&p) for the Sweet and Sour variety at www.sweetmandarin.net.