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Who here has tried Hela's Curry Ketchup/Sauce before?

gastronomics Nov 7, 2013 11:56 AM

I just recently picked some up and I was surprised by how much I liked it, but I've been searching and really haven't found many people talking about it. I love it with seafood!

Have you tried it? Did you like it? How would you describe the taste? How do you use it?

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  1. gastronomics RE: gastronomics Nov 7, 2013 12:01 PM

    A photo if it helps:

     
    1. caganer RE: gastronomics Nov 7, 2013 12:48 PM

      It's half of a pretty typical German snack - a sausage doused in it is a currywurst. Also good with fries.

      1. linguafood RE: gastronomics Nov 8, 2013 03:31 PM

        I have. It's revolting. But I'm generally not a fan of German ketchup.

        1. RUK RE: gastronomics Nov 8, 2013 03:36 PM

          I picked up a bottle some time ago from my German Butcher, simply because I was curious. We seem to use it "sparingly"/it is not as versatile as regular Ketchup and we don't have Curry wurst around here to use it with. It is fine on some things, but I had expected it to give a little more taste/kick to things.

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            gastronomics RE: RUK Nov 11, 2013 07:16 AM

            I'm surprised by the reaction here. It's not what I had expected. It's not ketchup as we know it (probably why it's now labeled as Curry Sauce rather than Curry Ketchup). It's more like BBQ, but it's nice when you want to add some sweetness. I used a little in a soup broth recently and it was awesome!

            1. re: gastronomics
              linguafood RE: gastronomics Nov 11, 2013 09:01 AM

              You hit the nail on the head with "it's not ketchup as we know it".

              No, this vile creation was the go-to sauce with the pizza baguettes we served at the bar I worked during college.

              I guess my problem with it is

              - it's not ketchup
              - it doesn't really taste like curry

              But hey, people are clearly buying the stuff -- more power to (and more curry sauce for) them.

              1. re: linguafood
                gastronomics RE: linguafood Nov 11, 2013 09:07 AM

                It doesn't taste like ketchup or curry - it's more like a sweet, complexly spiced bbq sauce - but if you can forgive the misleading name it can be quite good. I like it with seafood, and as a sweet sauce alongside sambal and soy when I'm eating Asian food.

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