Each month we try to plan a variety of multi-cultural food into our menu. Lately we have been having lots of Mexican and needed to branch out a little. When these three Asian sauces recently appeared at Aldi as Regular Buys, it became an excellent motivation to go that direction. Thus, we decided to see if we could imitate some of our favorite dishes from our favorite Chinese food chain restaurant.
Fusia Asian Inspirations sauces all come in 14.5-oz. glass bottles with short, wide necks. The three I’m reviewing here are are all Regular Buy items and sell at the time of this post for $1.99.
For taste-testing purposes, we sat down with bowls of chicken, noodles, and broccoli, and proceeded to add a different sauce to each bowl. The first thing I noticed was that water, sugar, and corn starch were three of the first four ingredients in each sauce, with vinegar coming before the corn starch in the Sweet & Sour sauce. Soy sauce was the number three ingredient in the Teriyaki and General Tso’s.
Overall, I was impressed by the “real” ingredients in each sauce. It was nice to recognize such things as tomato paste, pineapple juice, and crushed red peppers listed on the back. (More on ingredients in a moment.)
Fusia Inspirations Sweet & Sour Sauce
Sweet & Sour was almost exactly what we expected. The bright orangey-red color is transparent, and the taste is similar to what we usually find in the little plastic packets in Chinese restaurants. The flavor definitely reflects the combination of sugar, vinegar, and tomato paste found in the ingredients. What makes this a bit different, though, was the consistency, because it is much thicker than we expected. The Sweet & Sour sauce has 25 calories per tablespoon and 6 grams of sugar.
Fusia Inspirations Teriyaki Sauce
Teriyaki is a favorite around our house and was already one of our typical purchases. It is salty and just a bit sweet, but not tart. The caramel color matches what I expect from a Teriyaki sauce and the addition of sesame seeds gives it a welcome burst of flavor when you bite into one. Not only was it good in stir fry, but it has also begun to replace BBQ dipping sauce when we have pork steak or pork roast. The Teriyaki sauce has 20 calories per tablespoon and 5 grams of sugar.
Fusia Inspirations General Tso’s Sauce
General Tso’s was the spiciest, as predicted. It was not overly spicy, but it definitely had more of a kick than the other two. This also was a bit sweeter than what we expected, though it balanced the spice nicely for those of us who don’t prefer spicy. Someone wanting a spicy General Tso’s sauce might be disappointed, however. General Tso’s sauce has 20 calories per tablespoon and 5 grams of sugar.
These are all great purchases! We highly recommend each sauce as a good representation of the Asian sauces they claim to be. The flavors are distinct and provide a nice variety of choices. For us, the best part about these sauces is that they are all made from natural ingredients and feature a list I can pronounce!
Do you know where these Asian sauces are manufactured? Is it in the USA?
Aldi told me recently that if a product is manufactured outside the U.S., it is supposed to have a country of origin printed on the package. They also said if there is no country of origin printed on the package, it can be assumed it is from the U.S.
I loved the Fusia Sriracha Teriyaki Sauce. Bought it once & have not been able to find it again. Accept on amazon for 8 times the price that I originally bought it for, around $1.95….🤣
Where are these Asian sauces are manufactured? Is it in the USA?
Yes, New Jersey
Was really surprised and totally pleased with these products. I love Chinese food but have been trying to cook at home with healthier choices. THese sauces come as close to Chinese takeout as I have ever had. Definitely would recommend these sauces.
The crab Rangoon is the worst thing ever! I did not expect a mouthful of onion – one bite and the rest of the package went in the trash
Same company Fusia by Aldi’s also has another teriyaki sauce that is so much better. It comes to the plastic bottle that shaped like the soy sauce but they haven’t had it in a long long time I sure wish they did it was delicious.
Just cooked the Vegatable Stir Fry product. It was gross. Will never buy again. All broccoli stems no florets. Teriyaki flavored.