Sir Kensington’s Ketchup – Spiced

Who gets excited about ketchup?

Or catsup? Isn’t it a kid’s thing after all?

Sir Kensington's Ketchup

Not in this case. Sir Kensington’s Ketchup – Spiced is for grownups.

It features chipotle peppers, cilantro, lime juice, and hint of coriander.

Spicy enough to amuse the taste buds, it “packs a pleasing punch without sinking the ship”.

While all the world is a-twitter about sriracha this and bacon that (both now in ketchups, by the way), Sir Kensington’s has been quietly proudly making their ketchups and other condiments since 2008.

You just may not have heard of them until now.

Sir Kensington’s is headquartered in a Prohibition-era building overlooking the Hudson River in New York City’s Meatpacking District.

Sir Kensington’s Ketchup comes in beautiful square 11 oz jars, adorned with awesome graphics (a monocled Brit) and witty text.

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Even the Story of Sir Kensington’s is a comedic read in and of itself!

With 50% less sugar and 33% less sodium than regular ketchup, Sir Kensington’s Ketchup is packed with great flavor.

Ingredients: tomatoes, tomato paste, organic sugar, organic distilled vinegar, onions, spices, jalapeños, salt, lime juice concentrate, green bell peppers, cilantro, citric acid.

Sir Kensington's texture

Texture: The texture is remarkable. Thick and rich. Bold.

Aroma: Pungent and sweet. The organic sugar really makes a difference in both the smell and taste. And the vinegar is muted, not sharp, but mellow. Fragrant.

Taste: Sweet and slightly vinegary. Full bodied tomato flavor. Delicious.

Heat: Mildly spicy – just a tingle. Even the kids will like this ketchup. (Tell ’em it’s for grownups only!) A great way to introduce the little folks to some chipotle pepper heat. Spicy.

Overall: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Highly recommended!

On Food:

We had Sir Kensington’s Ketchup on french fries of course…

Fries with Sir Kensington's

…and hot dogs.

Hot dog with Sir Kensington's

This is one of the few times I would put ketchup on hot dogs.

Bonus Recipe. Write this down!

Here’s a cute toasted hot dog recipe I grew up with as a kid.

Ingredients:

  • 1 slice American cheese
  • 1 slice white bread
  • 1 hot dog
  • 2 toothpicks

Instructions:

  1. Place american cheese on bread.
  2. Place hot dog on top, diagonally.
  3. Spoon on Sir Kensington’s Ketchup and other condiments.
  4. Fold bread corners over and secure with toothpicks.
  5. Toast / broil until golden brown. Enjoy.

Toasted hot dog with Sir Kensington's

Sir Kensington’s Ketchup – Spiced is one of 7 variants of condiments that they make, and you just must try! Ketchup, Mayonnaise and Mustards are all offered with varying degrees of spice and flavors.

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Where to purchase: Sir Kensington’s is available all over the New York City / New Jersey / Long Island areas at these fine grocers: Sur la Table, Whole Foods, and Fairway.

And of course online at SirKensingtons.com.

Even though we received a few bottles of Sir Kensington’s for review, as I finish writing this… I’ve already gone to their site to order even more – including their mustards. It’s that good!

Disclaimer: We received this product courtesy of the manufacturer for review.

Musashi Green Sriracha and Spicy Mayo sauces

Yes, a green sriracha sauce called Midori Sriracha and a Japanese Spicy Mayo are now available in the US.

Musashi Two Bottles

Musashi Two Bottles

Musashi Foods introduces first green sriracha and authentic Japanese spicy mayo in US

A few bottles of Midori Sriracha and Japanese Spicy Mayo arrived at HotSauceDaily headquarters recently. What in the world? Green sriracha? What will we do with these?

Homemade Egg rolls

Homemade Egg rolls

Egg rolls to the rescue! Marilyn cooked up a batch of her homemade egg rolls (from scratch), and along with some veggie lo mein, we had ourselves a spicy brunch with Musashi’s new sauces.

Musashi Midori Sriracha

Midori Sriracha Bottle

Midori Sriracha Bottle

It’s weird to see a thick and saucy green sriracha that tastes for all the world just like sriracha! Oh, there are unique aspects of the flavor – we’ll get into that shortly.

Ingredients: green serrano peppers, garlic, rice vinegar, brown sugar, salt, xanthan gum, less than 1% preservatives, red cabbage juice, turmeric, sodium bicarbonate, glycerin

Texture & Appearance: Thick and very green – almost a perfect consistency for any application.

Midori Sriracha texture

Midori Sriracha texture

Taste Straight Up: The vinegar hit is pretty strong here. Next up is the heat and burn from serranos – a bit sharper in profile than your usual “red” sriracha sauces.

Heat Level: Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – Overall, fairly tame in heat compared to the venerable “rooster sauce” of Huy Fong. I would even say a bit milder than the other new kid on the block, Texas Pete’s CHA!.

Overall Rating: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – I give this 4 stars for effort. Maybe if the garlic were a bigger flavor here I’d go higher. Also, there’s the bright green color that my brain thinks “wasabi” or a bigger olfactory hit of heat and burn.

It just occurred to me that this is a perfect “starter” sauce for sriracha newbies. Wife or hubby not into the heat of Huy Fong’s Rooster sauce? Have them try Musashi’s Midori Sriracha and I bet you get them converted.

Midori Sriracha on food

We dipped some delicious egg rolls into the Midori Sriracha for our taste test. I preferred the Midori Sriracha over the Japanese Spicy Mayo, whereas Marilyn preferred the Mayo. Go figure, different tastes for different folks!

Final thoughts

As I said, this might just be the perfect sriracha sauce to get your significant other to like sriracha. Also, I can imagine this sauce as a great base for sriracha wings.


Musashi Japanese Spicy Mayo

Musashi Spicy Mayo

Musashi Spicy Mayo

I did not know what to expect from this sauce. Wow! What a big, sharp hit of heat – right to the back of the throat. This creamy, thin sauce packs some punch.

Spicy Mayo from Musashi

Spicy Mayo from Musashi

Ingredients: mayonnaise (soybean oil, water, eggs, vinegar, sugar, salt, mustard flour, spices and EDTA (preservative)), water, red serrano peppers, vinegar, garlic, sugar, sesame oil, xanthan gum, sodium benzoate (preservative), potassium sorbate (preservative).

Texture & Appearance: Very thin and runny. It looks just like a thin deli style mustard with its muted color and flecks of spices.

Taste Straight Up: This smooth mayo sauce brings with it a sharp, back of the throat hit of heat. This is not a timid sauce. It’s also not a killer sauce… most anyone should be able to handle it.

Heat Level: Rated 3.5 out of 5 Stars – Just a tad above average in heat, the thin, spicy mayo from Musashi will hit you in the throat with the serrano peppers – this time they’re red serranos. Interesting!

Overall Rating: Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – I can’t get past the thin consistency (nowhere near a mayo thickness) and saucy appearance.

Mayo is mayo, and if you are going to create your version of a spicy mayo, it should be thicker. In my opinion.

Musashi Japanese Spicy Mayo on food

Marilyn loved this on her egg rolls – even more than the Midori Sriracha. I was the opposite.

Final thoughts
Musashi on food

Musashi on food

Marilyn had a half dozen suggestions for this sauce – deviled eggs, sandwiches, egg salad… pretty much anything you’d put mayo into.

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Available on Amazon

Both sauces come in 12 ounce squeeze bottles and are available with our affiliate links on Amazon:

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Or you can order directly from Musashi:

http://musashispicymayo.com/order/green-sriracha and

http://musashispicymayo.com/order/japanese-spicy-mayo

Are you up for a green sriracha sauce? Or a spicy mayo with Japanese overtones? Leave a Comment below and let us know.

Favorite Pizza Condiments

My favorite pizza condiments add savory, salty, zesty and fiery flavor to an otherwise plain pizza. What would YOU add?

Blank Canvas

A blank canvas…

For anyone local, that is a Grotto pizza. They put the cheese on first, then ladle the sauce on top. Oh yes!

Top Four Pizza Toppings

Favorite pizza condiments…

Left to Right: Alpino Spicy Pizza topping, Tallarico’s Hoagie Spread, California Sun-Dried Tomatoes with Garlic, and DeCecco Basil Pesto.

Anchovies and capers

Anchovies and capers

The KING of toppings… anchovies! Only made better with capers.

Alpino Jar pizza topping

The inspiration for this post…

I first found Alpino brand Spicy Pizza Topping when I was researching Chicago Dogs. I was looking for a source for authentic poppy seed buns, and found this topping along with the buns.

Alpino Jar and Sample

Alpino Pizza topping sample

The Alpino Brand of spicy Pizza Topping is a product of The Puckered Pickle Company. Apologies in advance, as they have a crappy website.

Alpino Spicy Pizza Topping closeup

Alpino Spicy Pizza Topping close up view

What are YOUR favorite condiments on pizza? Veggies? Sauces? Other cheeses?

Let us know in the Comments below.

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