Chilli, Vinegar, Corn Starch, Garlic, Sugar, Salt, Chilli Powder, Water, Food Additives
Description:Official: "Yum Cha Hot Chilli Sauce. Full Rich Flavour."
On the front we have an image of Chinese dumplings, a signature yum cha dish. There is both Mandarin and English wording - which although makes the design 'busy', gives the impression this is an authentic sauce.
The sauce is a rich tomato red. It has a ketchup consistency; slightly thick yet pours easily. It holds together well once poured.
It has an overbearing but pleasant vinegar smell, with a light sense of chilli.
There is an immediate sharpness caused by the vinegar and salt, with a strong, sharp aftertaste of chilli which is both hot and sweet. A slight burn is felt at the top of the mouth. I would caution using a large amount of sauce with each bite, not because of the heat but due to the strong salty taste. Due to its slightly thick consistency I found it good to mix into dry foods such rice or noodles.
I applied this sauce generously, although I found its heat somewhat masked by the vinegar and salt. In effect I was never gasping for air, but left with a satisfying tangy sensation.
I used this sauce in a lot of my cooking as the main condiment, complemented by lesser quantities of others such as fish sauce and sesame oil. It has a lot of body and I found myself needing to buy another bottle quite quickly. I would generally use this sauce in combination with other seasonings, as by itself it is quite sharp for my taste.