You all are always full of surprises, that's probably why we love you all so much. On any given post, I never know what might catch the fancy of the wonderful folks who read mmm-yoso!!! This little bottle to my right is a good example. I happened to have mentioned it in one of my shopping posts, and was asked several times if I bought it. Of course this aroused my curiosity. After all, just what is "Chinese Spaghetti Sauce?"
And so I bought a bottle on one of my trips to 99 Ranch Market. I wasn't paying attention, and didn't realize that it was $3.09 a bottle!
I was surprised at the Missus's reaction when I returned home and displayed the bottle. Instead of the expected "what are you wasting money on now", I received a "hey, you might like this". I guess you all aren't the only ones full of surprises.
Speaking of surprises....about a week later I decided to finally try out the sauce. And when I grabbed the bottle it was almost empty!! The Missus had been using it to top Her jook, and as a topping for rice. Realizing that my window of opportunity had suddenly gotten much smaller, I dug through our cabinets looking for some pasta...and found some capellini. Which I cooked up, and topped with a conservative amount of the sauce (I heeded a warning from the Missus, "a little will go a long way....") along with some green onions and cilantro.
From the first bite I understood why the Missus enjoyed this. The flavor was 5 spice and bean paste heavy, and most of all, S-A-L-T-Y. The mystery meat consisted of five spice tofu and "Kaufu", which is wheat gluten. The flavor is very Chinese, and you'd never mistake his for your good old bottle of Ragu. A little does go a long way.......
I thought it was okay.....but I think a little phrase the Missus uttered to me the other day is much more telling. "Don't forget to buy a bottle of the Chinese Spaghetti Sauce the next time you go to 99 Ranch Market!"
Take that, Ragu!