Angelo Pietro’s Sesame and Miso Dressing

Previously, I reviewed the Shoyu-style dressing and marinade from Angelo Pietro.  Of all the products I’ve reviewed for this website, that was one of the lowest-scoring items.  Still, I consider myself a fair gentleman, so I wanted to give Angelo Pietro another shot.  Since I had a bottle of their Sesame & Miso Dressing, I hoped that it would succeed where its brother had failed.


Ingredients:

Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Water, Brown Sugar, Sesame Oil, Rice Vinegar, Onion Puree (Onion, Water, Citric Acid), Sesame Seeds, Salt, Distilled Vinegar, White Miso (Water, Soybeans, Rice, Salt, Alcohol), Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt), Chili Oil (Cottonseed Oil, Red Pepper), Fava Bean Paste (Red Pepper, Fava Beans, Salt, Alcohol), Yeast Extract, Garlic Puree (Garlic, Citric Acid), Fish Sauce Powder (Sardines, Maltodextrin), Tangle Extract (Tangle Extract, Maltose Syrup, Salt, Sugar, Yeast Extract), White Pepper, Mustard Flour, Xantham Gum, Shiitake Mushroom Powder (Shiitake Mushroom Powder, Dextrin, Salt, Wheat Flour, Yeast Extract), Dried Bonito Powder.

As with the previous entry from Angelo Pietro, this one has what looks like way too many ingredients.  Does it seriously take this many things to make one salad dressing?  This dressing even features many of the same ingredients as the Shoyu, which doesn’t initially get my hopes up.

Appearance:

As with the Shoyu, the Sesame & Miso Dressing pretty much looks the part.  It’s a thin, liquidy concoction, with all the stuff that’s bad for you settling on the bottom.  The sesame seeds floating around are a nice touch.   As for color, it’s sort of a murky brown.

Smell and Taste:

The soy sauce smell is still prevalent in this one, though I actually like the addition of the sesame seeds, as they lend this product a much more appetizing smell than its brother’s.  Surprisingly, the flavor isn’t half bad, either.  Though not my favorite salad dressing by a long shot, I could actually see myself eating this willingly, which is much more than I could say for the Shoyu dressing.

Ratings:

FIRE
FLAVOR

I don’t know who wrote the copy for the bottle’s label, but this product does not have a “rich spicy flavor.”  The true disappointment here is that this product doesn’t strike me as any spicier than the Shoyu, despite the hype.  I’m giving this one a Mild as well.  At the very least, though, I can happily award this product a Nominal flavor.  Though far from our highest rating, it’s a pleasant step up from the Neutral I gave the Shoyu (and even that was being kind).

Suggested Uses:

I suppose you’re welcome to mix it with some mayonnaise (as Angelo Pietro seems to insist with its products), but that still sounds kind of nauseating to me.  I still say that what Angelo Pietro’s products truly need is some real heat.  Though the Sesame & Miso Dressing holds up better on its own, it still could stand to have some real spice added to it.  Might I suggest some habanero or jolokia flakes mixed into the bottle?  That might do the trick.  Regardless, this wouldn’t be a bad dressing for general salad purposes, and would certainly make a good marinade for chicken or pork.



2 Responses to Angelo Pietro’s Sesame and Miso Dressing

  1. Jenn Wright says:

    It may be too late for a comment on this article, so I apologize in advance. However, I love this product, so I felt the need to defend it a little. Pietro sesame miso dressing is by far my favorite of any asian dressings you can get in the US. From a Japanese cuisine perspective, it is quite spicy. If it were any more spicy, I would not be able to eat it, and neither would many Japanese people. Although Japan does have it’s spicy addicts who eat super spicy curry (Indian cuisine) and prawns in spicy red sauce (Chinese cuisine), generally speaking, Japan is not a spicy food culture. Also, in Japanese, the word translated as “spicy” can refer to the sharp taste of soy sauce. No, really. Straight, it is actually a little too spicy for me, so I usually mellow it out with soy sauce, sugar and rice vinegar, or mix it into mayonnaise, which is delicious, by the way. It tastes just like the creamy sesame dressings you can get in Japan.

  2. It’s not too late at all, Jenn! We always welcome comments and suggestions, so long as people keep things as civil as you have. Shortly after I published the article in February, I received some rather scathing criticism from the creator. Admittedly, some of it was fair, as I could have made more mention of how popular Angelo Pietro truly is. Other parts of his email were somewhat uncivil and unnecessary, but I gladly wrote back in what I felt was a professional and amiable manner. It is three months later, and I have not heard back.

    All that aside, this is a spicy food website, and I feel entirely justified in my reviews, if not all of my comments. Both of the Angelo Pietro dressings I have reviewed for this website are devoid of heat, Japanese definition of “spicy” notwithstanding. Based on our ratings system, I had to give them both a Mild, because sharp and tangy do not necessarily equate to the sort of heat for which this site exists. Please note that a Mild rating is never an insult. My colleagues and I have reviewed plenty of products that are low on heat but high on flavor. We do try to deliver to a wide audience, after all. That’s why the Flavor rating is so important. Unfortunately, I didn’t have much good to say about either of the dressings I was sent. I did mention that I could see myself willingly eating the Sesame and Miso variety, but I would much prefer any number of other dressings that are available. Again, I do understand that this is a popular line of products (and restaurants), but Angelo Pietro just doesn’t appeal to me. It’s entirely possible, as I mentioned to the maker of the product, that I’m just not the right person to review Asian-style salad dressings, since I’m not exactly accustomed to them. Regardless, they were sent to me, and I gave them the same fair chance I give everything else that I try.

    Thank you again for your polite and informative reply. This is a great example of how someone can express a different opinion without resorting to name-calling, swearing, slander, etc. Speaking for all of us here at EAT MORE HEAT!, I appreciate it.

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