Review: Nando’s Medium Pepper Hot Sauce
So now that I can consider myself a Nando’s expert, I felt it my duty as an upstanding citizen of the HSB community to give the Non-Heat Seekers a little somthin’ somthin’. Nando’s Medium Pepper Sauce is that something, following suit with the prior reviews this sauce has a great flavor- with just a little smaller kick to it. Though I would have to admit it’s my opinion that it’s not much less. I took this bottle on a road trip to Wendy’s Aunt & Uncle’s house for a little BBQ and taste test, being Non-Heat Seekers they felt it to be hot (light weights). But I can also report everyone enjoyed the taste and raved over the fragrant aroma.
Not wanting to be to repetitive, when opening the Nando’s Medium Pepper Sauce you first catch the Vinegar base, that is very quickly accompanied by the wonderful Lemon smell. When your nose becomes accustomed to the Lemon, the Onion and Garlic check in and say hello. And the taste is delightful, quite tart when you hold it on the tip of your tongue. The Lemon is at the front and the pepper mixture stays politely behind and in the wings. You can pick up on the traces of the Cayenne Pepper and the Peri-Peri’s give this sauce a nice lingering warmth, it’s very nice actually.
Ingredients: Water, Vinegar, Onion Pieces, Lemon Puree, Sunflower Oil (4%), Salt, Serrano Peppers, African Birds Eye Peppers (Peri-Peri), Garlic Pieces, Cayenne Pepper, Paprika, Xanthan Gum
“The flavor and fire of Nando’s Peri-Peri has its roots in the African Birds Eye Chili. This fiery chili is cultivated in the rich soils and intense heat of Africa, then blended with specially selected herbs and spices, a touch of garlic and a dash of lemon. Made with the same original Nando’s Peri-Peri that’s used in Nando’s restaurants world wide.”
Nando’s Medium Pepper Sauce is a fairly thick and medium pouring sauce, it’s packed through and through with pieces of Onion and Garlic, flecks of peppers, and pepper seeds that add a very nice texture to it. The color is a deep orange and the label says “Nando’s Pepper sauces have no added preservatives or colorants and may thus vary in color.”
“Nando’s Pepper sauce is delicious as a pour-on-sauce and as an ingredient in cooking. Use sparingly as a condiment with meat, fish, chicken and seafood, or add 1-2 tsp to casseroles, sauces, pasta dishes, stir fries, etc.”
I topped my Cheeseburger with the Nando’s pretty heavily and put it on a Hot Dog shortly after. The meal was good with plenty of Homemade sides; Wendy’s Potato and Macaroni Salads and Aunt Carolyn’s Cole Slaw all tasted good with the Nando’s on them as well. Not quite hot enough for my taste, but plenty hot enough for them- Nando’s was the talk of the table.
Conculsion: This sauce has a great flavor and all levels of hot sauce tolerances can be accommodated with this medium heat level, I know not everyone has to have all of their orifices expelling smoke and/or fire with everything they eat like I do- they could only be so lucky! Nando’s Medium Pepper Sauce is a very good multifunctional sauce that would go well with and in a lot of dishes, try it.
Packaging/Label: 7 out of 10
Aroma: 9 out of 10
Taste: 9 out of 10
Heat: 6 out of 10
Overall: 8 out of 10
Nando’s Chickenland, Inc.
1041 West 18th Street, Suite B103
Costa Mesa, Ca. 92627
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