Gold Wasabi Sauce Review: For Heat's Sake

Gold Wasabi Sauce Review: For Heat's Sake

Posted by James T on Jun 23rd 2015

New Orleans: A Hot Sauce Haven

The long-suffering Cheryl and I recently spent a week in New Orleans. She was going for a conference, while I was able to tag along for a working vacation. Among other adventures, Cheryl walked me around the French Quarter and beyond until my favorite pair of K-Swiss literally came apart at the seams. But I digress. We picked up a couple bottles of hot sauce in the French Quarter shops. Actually Cheryl kept darting into stores along Canal Street and Decatur Street, dragging me and my poor shoes along. She gleefully picked out a few bottles for me to try and demanded that I sample others. (it’s a tough job, you know). Personally, I do not fully understand how we chose these two hot sauces from two different stores as there was a hot sauce shop or a tourist trap with hot sauce every 10 to 50 feet. I honestly believe that Cheryl chooses hot sauce based on the label and name, but then she is not a seasoned pepper head.

Anyway, I truly enjoyed the fact that each store allowed you to sample varieties of hot sauce so you could make a somewhat educated choice, although my browsing time seemed to be limited for some reason. I tend to think that Cheryl had secretly mapped out ALL of the stores with hot sauce for me within a 20-block radius of our hotel to try as she attempted to completely destroy my favorite pair of shoes.

For this review, I will focus on my first choice (alphabetically): Louisiana Gold Wasabi Pepper Sauce from Bruce Foods. The other, Sir Fartalot’s Hot Sauce, will be the subject of my next entry. There may be further information about the effort expended to destroy a perfectly good (if well used) pair of shoes.

A Mild Sauce Perfect For Mustard-Lovers

Louisiana Gold is a mild sauce. The label simply says “peppers” so it is not known which types of peppers are used. With how mild this sauce is, I’m thinking that the strongest would be serranoes and then not a large number of them. The dominant flavor I get from this sauce is mustard (the source of the Gold in the name perhaps?). The Wasabi powder is there, but is not as front and center as I expected with Wasabi being part of the name. If the long suffering Cheryl liked mustard, this would actually be a good sauce for her to try as it is very mild. There is very little after burn and no building heat with this sauce. Of course, actually getting her to try any hot sauce is another matter, let alone one that has a mustard flavor.

If you make a German potato salad, this sauce would be a good substitute for the mustard and give a very mild extra something to the recipe. There is a slight tang from the wasabi that would make for a different experience to change things up.

This is an excellent starter sauce. If you have someone that needs to be introduced to the wonder filled world of peppers and they like mustard, this may be the hot sauce to start them off with because of its mild flavors and nearly non-existent after effects.

German Potato Salad

- 3 slices bacon
- 1 medium onion
- 1 teaspoon flour
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon Louisiana Gold Wasabi Pepper Sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped celery
- 1 tablespoon Louisiana Gold Wasabi Pepper Sauce
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

1. Sauté bacon until crisp. Sauté onion in bacon drippings until translucent.
2. Add flour, stir until smooth and add water.
3. Stir until thick.
4. Add remaining ingredients.
5. Serve immediately.

You can serve this potato salad cold, if you are making it ahead and want to serve it cold, I would recommend that you keep it in the refrigerator overnight so the flavors can meld.