So, here is a product that looks like mango, but tastes pretty much nothing like mango. Think about how different sauerkraut tastes from cabbage. Or perhaps how different Kim Chi tastes from cabbage as well. They taste pretty darn different. All thanks to a process called fermentation.
If you like cabbage, there is no guarantee that you will like sauerkraut or kimchi. They are at best distant from the original flavor.
So, if you are looking for a sweet mango dipping sauce or marinade. Please look elsewhere. This tastes far more of the spices contained in this pouch then the fruit to which started this sauce.
If you sweet tooth looks forward to mango, be ready for the taste of a curry in this pouch.
I've never had Amba prior to tasting this. So for those of you who are new to Amba also, this is a Middle Eastern/Indian condiment. It's commonly served in dishes ranging from fish to falafel to shawarma to kababs and salads.
And I don't think everyone is going to appreciate the flavors packed in this pouch. Yes, this is actually a refrigerated sauce, so if you've been looking on the shelves for this, you might be missing out.
Now, I only tried this as a dipping sauce. However, this could potentially be used as a marinade or with veggies as well.
Mango is the base, but the predominant flavor (which isn't listed other than the general categorization of spice) was fenugreek, turmeric, and a bit of heat.
If you are looking for a taste of Middle Eastern food, this might be worth a try.
As for me, I wasn't in love with the flavors. I know some people are wild for this, but for me this just wasn't the right pairing of flavors.
As a side now, this pouch was kind of weird to use. I just wish for a jar or something a bit less awkward and something that doesn't pour out the sauce so quickly. But that is only a minor complaint. I like fresh sauces rather than the jarred variety.
For $3.29 it might be worth a try if you aren't expecting much mango flavor and really love a bit of heat and a whole lot of spice.
Would I buy this again? Trader Joe's Amba Mango Sauce is a no from me, but if you love certain spices, then you might want to try this.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
The pouch of Trader Joe's Amba Mango Sauce:
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Trader Joe's Amba Mango Sauce
Product Name: Trader Joe's Amba Mango Sauce
Product Description: A fermented mango sauce
Trader Joe's Amba Mango Sauce is a fermented mango sauce that tastes very much of the spices contained in the pouch.
- Can be used as a condiment or marinade
- Not jarred and is found in the refrigerated aisle
- The spices here are the dominant flavor
- If you aren't a fan of Indian/Middle Eastern spices, then you might want to pass this one up.