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Encona West Indian Original Hot Pepper Sauce
I have grown up having this chilli sauce when eating fish fingers, chips, noodles etc. It goes with anything and spices up the food! The sauce is very tasty and the smell is not so strong. The bottle is very strong and the product quality is excellent. The sauce is obviously good value for money as a little goes a long way.
Encona indicates that the sauce has been made with the same recipe for over 40 years. It is made from the best Scotch Bonnet and Habanero peppers blended with traditional island spices. It can also be used as a cooking ingredient, condiment or seasoning and can also be added to soups.
Other Ingredients are as follows:
Pepper Mash (Habanero Peppers, Scotch Bonnet Peppers, Salt, Acetic Acid) - 64%
Water, Acetic Acid, Spices (including mustard), Salt, Modified Corn Starch, Stabiliser: Xanthan Gum.
The sauce has been bottled in UK at Grace Foods House, Grace House WGC, Herts, AL7 1HT.
I have done a price comparison on twenga.co.uk and the following suppliers sell Encona West Indian Original Hot Pepper Sauce for the following prices at the time of writing this review:
Afro Carribean Foods - £1
British Corner Shop - £2.30
World Groceries - £1.15
Red Hot Chilli People - £1.30
Stalks and Stems - £1.30
Distant Brits - £1.78
Brit Store - £1.66
Tesco - 90p until 12/01/2011
Ocado - £1
Other recipes ideas that this sauce can be used for can be found at www.enconasauces.co.uk. In my opinion, Encona West Indian Original Hot Pepper Sauce is one of the best chilli sauces around.
I hope you enjoyed reading my review on Encona West Indian Original Hot Pepper Sauce. I have also posted this review on Ciao.
I would class myself as someone who doesn't generally like sauces, from ketchup to hp I find that sauces tend to drown out the flavour of what you're eating, and while this is still true of the one type of sauce I do love, the humble hot sauce, I am completely addicted to the stuff.
The bottle displays a pleasant tropical scene in a deep blue colour which contrasts with the vibrant red of the sauce which can be seen through the clear glass from which the container is made. This not only provides a nice contrast of colour (if that's what you look for in a sauce 8^P) but it does have a practical application, you can assess the consistency and composition of the sauce providing early indications of it's quality.
The sauce is a thin one, it's orangey red in colour and pleasingly you can see blended up bit's of chili including their seeds (a good sign for those who like it hot.)
A good hot sauce must never be too vinegary, and while this west indian hot sauce does contain spirit vinegar as it's second most abundant ingredient (with the most prevalant happily being beautiful scotch bonnet and habanero chili's) it somehow manages to avoid this all too well trodden pitfall and has a fruity (but not overly sweet) taste. This comes from the scotch bonnet, these chilis have a wonderfully full and fruity flavour and the habaneros give it a fiery kick.
As already mentioned the sauce does have a very slight sweetness but thankfully the overriding flavour is a savoury one, salty and spicy are my two absolute favourite taste sensations.
Often I have to get my hot sauces online because supermarkets dull down the heat level to appeal to the widest demographic (I don't begrudge them this as it's in their best interest), with the exception of the habanero variety Tabasco sauce (which rates at about a 4 out of 10 on my heat scale) I have never found a sauce that comes close to satisfying my sadomasochistic love of heat, that is until I found this sauce.
It's similar in heat to Habanero Tabasco, a pleasant and not insignificant heat level but I always like it hotter ; )
My favourite use for this sauce is to lob half a bottle of it into some super noodles and mix it all in, your anus will not thank you for this the next day but I'm sick and tired of living my life for that guy anyway 8^P
Encona have a good range of sauces but this west indian pepper variety is my personal favourite.
A strong and savoury taste, thin consistency (a personal preference) and high heat level (for a supermarket sauce) make this one of the better hot sauces out there.
You must like spicy food to even think about using this Encona Original West Indian Hot Pepper Sauce. It is one of the hottest shop bought sauces I have tried.
Encona West Indian Hot Pepper Sauce is made in the Caribbean and Scotch bonnet peppers are used in the recipe that makes this sauce.
Scotch bonnet peppers are bell shaped chilli peppers about the size of a small plum so if you are ever looking for these peppers in the green grocer they may be sold under the name bell peppers and are one of the hottest chilli peppers in the world. So you can see why this sauce has quite a kick.
This sauce is definitely for hot food addicts like we are in our household so it is used regularly on just about anything.
You can use it in recipes that require a kick, or you want to give a kick to, it can be used straight from the bottle as a condiment or for basting fish, meat or chicken or before roasting. Ideal to use for a barbeque as well but remember to cook some meat without if you have guests that are not a lover of spicy food. I have livened up cheese on toast or scrambled egg as well as in soups and stews.
If you have never tried this sauce but you like hot foods use with caution for the first few times as you can easily make the food much too hot if you are not used to it.
Encona Original West Indian Hot Pepper Sauce can be found in most large supermarkets and is around £1.40 per 220 ml bottle.
I picked up a bottle of Encona West Indian Original Hot Pepper sauce in Iceland a few weeks ago. It cost around £1.00 for 142ml which I thought was pretty reasonable, but in my experience 'hot' sauces tend to be a bit tame and I have to use a third of the bottle in one go, so not having used this before I probably wouldn't have paid much more for a 'trial run'.
I was, therefore, pleasantly surprised with this sauce. This baby is FIERCE and then some!
Upon first glance it didn't look very scary. On the bottle there's a lovely picture of a beach and a hammock and it just states that the sauce is 'hot' and there is a single red pepper to signify the 'hotness'. "Ha - that's no match for me" I thought as I lobbed it in my basket along with the potato waffles and fish fingers. And, given that I like to add a liberal helping (i.e. half the jar) of hot jalapeno peppers to a cheese sarnie you can understand why I'm a bit gung ho with these things. The people in my local Chinese take away despair of me because it doesn't matter how much I plead they won't make me a 'hot' curry - well, not by my standards anyway!
So, cue a few days ago when I'm rooting around looking for a way to spice up some grilled chicken and roasted veg. My eye caught the innocuous looking bottle of Hot Pepper Sauce and I decided to give it a whirl. I opened it, chucked it liberally over my dinner, took a big mouthful and WHAMMO!
I certainly won't be doing that again! In hindsight, I probably should have read the ingredients on the back of the bottle. The first two listed are Habanero Peppers and Scotch Bonnet Peppers, two of the hottest chilli peppers in the world. And here's a bit of chilli trivia for you. Until recently, the Habanero was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's hottest chilli. That accolade is now apparently being challenged by the 'Dorset Naga', which is grown in our very own county of Dorset no less (hence the name); although the Naga was, in fact, originally cultivated from a Habanero. You get the picture - it's HOT HOTTIE HOT.
Anyway, once I'd gotten over the shock, caught my breath and wiped my eyes I was absolutely chuffed to bits. At last, something that satisfies my cravings for hot food!
And this really is a great little sauce. It's a fiery orange colour (another clue I should have picked up on), quite runny in consistency and contains chilli seeds. It's very versatile and can be used as a cooking ingredient in soups and sauces, as a seasoning or a condiment. I've tried it mixed with mayonnaise, or yoghurt as a dip. And also with passata as a spiced up tomato pizza base. I haven't used it 'neat' since 'Chickengate'. Live and learn, people, live and learn!!!
Encona belongs to parent company Enco Product Ltd. Encona used to market Caribbean grocery products in the UK during the 1950s and 1960s when the West Indian population in the UK was growing. The first pepper sauce was introduced in 1975 and now Encona manufactures a range of 'A taste of' sauces; Caribbean, Far East, Asia and the Americas.
Each range is made up of several different products with varying degrees of heat. There are eleven sauces altogether, with exciting names such as 'Smooth Papaya Hot Pepper Sauce' and 'American Chilli Ketchup'. Upon further exploration, it turns out that a picture of an entire red chilli on a bottle means, in Encona language, that this is the hottest sauce they make. Go figure.
You can buy Encona sauces from most of the big supermarkets. The company has its own website www.tasteexplorers.co.uk. And even its own pages on Twitter and Facebook! I have so far resisted the urge to join, but I can't wait to try out some of Encona's other offerings. I'll just be proceeding with a bit more caution this time!
As a final word - do try not to get it on your clothes. 'Cos it ain't coming out. And if anyone does happen to have a homegrown remedy for removing chilli stains I would love to hear it!
I love adding a bit of spice to my foods, and one of the ways I do that is by drizzling a little hot sauce into my cooking, one of my favourites being Encona West Indian Hot Pepper Sauce, which contains the incredibly hot Scotch Bonnet chilli. This sauce costs under £1 for a small 142ml bottle, and I've found that a bottle of this takes me a long way .
Peoples definition of hot can vary, but I've found that a sprinkling of this over a donner kebab is enough to have me gasping in shock at the heat and running for the water glass. It is a little too hot for me to use neat as a dip or accompaniement, so I tend to add it into cooking rather than onto finished food . A few drops in my scrambled egg, chilli, or soups gives my food a nice hot spicy edge without being too overpowering .
As well as chilli, there are hints of garlic and tomato in this sauce , though I've found that adding it to food does not detract from the flavour of the food at all, and in fact a change of taste is barely noticable , with only the fiery heat being evident . This sauce is widely available in most supermarkets.
Overall, this is a nice little addition to the condiment cupboard, and used with caution will give your food a nice spicy kick . Be careful of using too much of this though, and I recommend thoroughly washing your hands after adding this too food - I have found from experience that putting your hands near your eyes after dropping a few drops of this into food can be just as bad as if I'd been chopping fresh chillies .
4 stars , one off for it being a little too hot if too much is added .
I got this about a week ago, as I am always on the look out for spicy sauces and marinades and this cost just 62p for 142ml. It was on offer though and the regular price is 94p.
I hadn't really heard of these before but I had a quick look at the ingredients and it said that one of them was the infamous Scotch Bonnet Pepper (Levi Roots talked a lot about the Scotch Bonnet on his cooking show), so I had to try it.
It does say on the front of the bottle that it is classed as hot on the spicy scale, but it really packs a punch. I like spicy foods but I think this is the hottest I can handle. I don't like it when food is so hot that you can't taste anything else, and I think if you added this to any cooking it would take the taste away but as a dip it was great.
I would recommend this as a side or a dip, but not in cooking, it's far too spicy and would ruin stuff.
I never really know how to describe the spiciness of something, as it all depends on personal taste and experience, but this is hot, expect a mild tingling sensation and don't give it to anyone who doesn't like spicy things. I really like it but only in small amounts.
Once you have got past the heat, this is actually quite a sweet fruity sauce, but obviously you can't taste much of that as the spice kick is there.
If you like spicy sauces this is great. I found it a little overpowering, but still a nice taste. I love a good chilli hit, so I really enjoyed this. I wouldn't give it to anyone without fair warning beforehand though.