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African Special Part 3

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Yes, I know it’s been a while, but finally I’ve mustered up enough motivation to bring you a review of Simba Sauce African Style.  No, I don’t know what African style is either.  Africa is an entire continent, and therefore I don’t think it has a style that encompasses everything.  As an aside, out of the three African products I’ve tried, this one’s label is the most rational.  Three elephants on a plain is quite African.

Simba Sauce

Branded Kania, the trademark is owned by Lidl and is used for several barbecue dips and sauces.  As the label is printed in no less than 7 languages, the details are kept to a minimum.

Simba Sauce – African style.  Tomato based sauce for grilling with vegetables and herbs.  Instant, no preparation needed.  Then at the end of the ingredients, the fabulous Made in Germany.

It comprises of 33% tomato puree, 8% white cabbage, 5% carrots and 2% onions.  So essentially, it’s tomato ketchup that’s mixed with pureed coleslaw.  In the past, I’ve bought a packet of chilli con carne mix (a packet of chilli powder and various other spices)  and you mix it with water and add chopped tomatoes.  The sauce smells exactly like that and I was looking forward to it.

I didn’t know what to do with it though,  so I  used a left over pork chop from yesterday’s tea and grilled that.  Once it was cooked, I smeared a couple of spoonfuls of Simba Sauce on it and returned it to the grill for another five minutes.

Pork Chop with Simba Sauce

I was disappointed.  The sauce smelt a lot nicer than it tasted.  Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t unpleasant, it just didn’t taste of much.  I was expecting a spicy tomato sauce, but got nothing even close.  Maybe I’m meant to completely blather it in sauce, but then what’s the point of that?  I shouldn’t have to add loads of the stuff to get any satisfaction from it.

Frankly, I’ll not be buying this again, even if it was 99p for 500ml.

Smell  – 8/10
Taste  – 3/10
Value for Money – 5/10
Deceptiveness – 7/10
Clues as what to do with the stuff  – 3/10

Total:  26/50


Written by just1bloke

29 November 2011 at 3:33 pm

Posted in Pickles & Sauces

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