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Spicing up your life and meals

VARIETY is the spice of life, and there's plenty of variety and spice on offer in Shanghai. Sauces, dressings, condiments and seasonings are everywhere and it's easy to spice up your meals. The right sauce or herbs can turn an ordinary dinner into a special one.

Supermarkets have a good selection of spices, marinades, mustards and dressings from around the world. You buy barbecue or curry sauce, or you can make your own.

City Shop

Heinz Tomato Ketchup

Origin: USA

Price: 35 yuan/567g

Description: Heinz ketchup is a classic American sauce that has been a part of family life for more than 130 years. Its thick and rich taste comes from fresh vine-ripened tomatoes and a special blend of spices - many people find it irresistible. And all those tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps reduce cholesterol and is linked to possible reduction in some cancers.

Newman's Own Caesar Dressing

Origin: USA

Price: 62 yuan/473ml

Description: Newman's Own is a food company that was founded by Paul Newman in 1982. The company makes all-natural salad dressings, pasta sauces, steak sauce, salsa and lemonade.

Masterfoods Basil Leaves Sweet

Origin: Australia

Price: 18.9 yuan/10g

Description: Basil is an essential herb for Italian cooking and other cooking as well. It's great with tomatoes, pasta, chicken, lamb and shellfish. Sprinkle on eggplant before grilling or barbecuing. Sprinkle on pizza and focaccia. Available in 10-gram and 33-gram jars. Being a natural companion of tomatoes, salads, sauces and soup, it goes well with garlic, thyme and oregano.

ParknShop at Westgate Mall

Kotanyi Salad Herbs

Origin: Austria

Price: 6.5 yuan/17g

Description: Kotanyi Salad Herbs contains parsley, chives, paprika, leek, onions, celery, parsnips, dill weed, carrots and lovage. Herbs have been gently dried and their fresh flavors and aromas will be absorbed by water, salad dressing and various liquids. It's used for salads, dressings, sauces, spreads, herbed butter and has many other uses.

Kotanyi Sliced Parsley

Origin: Austria

Price: 6.5 yuan/17g

Description: Parsley has a fresh, spicy smell and pleasing peppery taste. Used for soups, sauces, meat dishes, poultry and fish dishes.

Kotanyi Risotto Jambalaya

Origin: Austria

Price: 12.5 yuan/56g

Description: Contains iodized salt, coriander, ginger, turmeric, sugar, fenugreek, parsley, cinnamon, cumin, potato starch and cayenne pepper. It originated in the melting pot cuisine of the American South. It's used widely in Cajun dishes, such as jambalaya. It's great on diced vegetables braised in oil.

McCormick Season 'n Fry Spicy Coating for Chicken

Origin: USA

Price: 3.3 yuan/45g

Description: This is a tasty seasoning blend for delicious fried chicken.

Classic Thai Spicy Chili Sauce

Origin: Thailand

Price: 14.9 yuan/210g

Description: Fresh chilies ripened in tropical Thailand are blended with garlic for a smooth and well-balanced taste.

Classic Thai Peanut Satay Sauce

Origin: Thailand

Price: 19.9 yuan/250g

Description: This is made the old-fashioned way, grinding peanuts and spices by hand in small batches. Serve barbecue, skewered foods, grilled meat, chicken, fish and vegetables with this peanut satay sauce on the side.

Maille Dijon Originale Mustard

Origin: France

Price: 36.5 yuan/200ml

Description: Dijon Originale Mustard has been made in the Dijon region of France since 1747. This mustard has a clean, sharp flavor that's not quite sinus-searing, but has a medium-hot bite. Fat free and low in sugar.


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