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.
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.
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.
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).
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.