When twin sisters Helen and Lisa Tse
opened their Sweet Mandarin restaurant in Manchester’s Northern Quarter in
2004, they became the fourth generation in their family to make and sell food
for a living. Inspired by their incredible heritage, the sisters put their
careers (as a lawyer and a financier) on hold to firmly established Sweet
Mandarin for its modern, innovative take on authentic Chinese home cooking –
including winning Best Local Chinese Restaurant in Gordon Ramsay’s F Word.
The loyal customers of the restaurant
soon began to request that they were able to take the exotic flavours and
recipes used in the Sweet Mandarin kitchen to their home and the Tse family were
inspired to launch Sweet Mandarin Sauces
– giving everyone the chance to experience a little piece of Chinese
hospitality on their own kitchen table
Each sauce is lovingly hand mixed by
chef Lisa Tse in the Sweet Mandarin kitchen and tells part of the tale of the
Tse family history. Using secret recipes passed down through generations, Lisa adds
a modern take on the authentic flavours and aromas found in China’s street
markets – and used by her mother, grandmother and great grandmother – in every
The initial range of Sweet Mandarin
Barbecue – a thick, fruity sauce that
evokes memories of heady evenings. Perfect as a dip with prawn crackers and
other snacks or as a marinade for meats.
Sweet Chilli – an exciting concoction of
fresh red chillies mixed with garlic and vinegar that tickles the tongue.
Perfect for livening up stir-fries, noodles or salads or on the side, as a
Sweet & Sour – a classic
Chinese sauce of contradictory flavours to confuse and delight the taste buds.
Use as a dipping sauce with spring rolls and other appetisers or use with meat
as a sauce
The Sweet Mandarin Sauce range is gluten free and contains no MSG
or artificial colours or preservatives. It is available now, RRP £2.50 per
bottle (plus p&p) at www.sweetmandarin.net