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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

6 Responses

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  1. Most interesting.
    I shall certainly not purchase this Germanic product. That pork chop looks smeared with ennui.


    29 November 2011 at 3:44 pm

  2. Might make a nice pasta sauce?


    29 November 2011 at 6:09 pm

  3. Kania is the Polish word for Kite (the bird). So, this might explain the brand somewhat (being Scandinavian-ish), but not the connection with Africa, or the naffness of the sauce (Starring Anthony Hopkins).

    Ray Fenwick

    3 February 2012 at 4:56 pm

  4. This was the nicest sauces iv ever had. Made sausage pasta with it and went out to buy more bottles.


    22 February 2012 at 9:45 am

  5. African source:

    I don’t know about the Scandinavian-ish feel of the name “Kania” suggested in the comment by Ray Fenwick (which comes across as rubb-ish), but there is a brand name “Henryk Kania” of Pol-ish ham sausages “Krakowska” and “Zywiecka” and other products. If Mr. Fenwick is correct, then the brand translates as “Henry Kite”…..or perhaps more likely, “Henry Bird”.

    In case anyone’s interested, those sausages are named after their Pol-ish towns of origin, Krakow (pronounced “crack-off”) and Zywiecka (pronounced “zhivietska”). The pigs in these sausages are, I’m guessing, pronounced dead.

    I would also suggest that it might be better to write that the sauce “smelled of…” rather than “smelt”. Smelting is the industrialf extracting of pure metals by heating their respective ores. Better still (or “better yet”), one might say of the sauce that its amoma is better than its flavour (or “flavor”).

    The translations in parenthases are provided for speakers of Engl-ish. Saucy, no?.

    Anthony Brenton

    29 February 2016 at 9:19 am

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