How to Make Chinese sweet and sour pork sauce

How to Make Chinese sweet and sour pork sauce - 1 41
  • 100g white sugar
  • 80ml rice vinegar
  • 60ml water
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
Per serving
Calories: 150 kcal
Proteins: 0.5 g
Fats: 0.1 g
Carbohydrates: 38 g
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  • In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water to make a slurry. Set it aside.
  • In a saucepan or a wok, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and grated ginger, and stir-fry for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • Pour in the rice vinegar, water, ketchup, and soy sauce. Stir the mixture well and bring it to a simmer.
  • Add the white sugar, salt, and white pepper to the sauce. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Now, add the cornstarch slurry to the sauce while continuously stirring. Allow the sauce to thicken to your desired consistency. If it becomes too thick, you can add a little water to adjust.
  • Once the sauce has thickened, taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. You can add more sugar for a sweeter taste or more vinegar for a tangier flavor.
  • Remove the sauce from heat and let it cool slightly before serving.

Chinese Sweet and Sour Pork Sauce is traditionally served with crispy deep-fried pork pieces. It is poured over the pork, which has been previously coated with cornstarch and fried until golden and crispy. The sauce is also a great accompaniment to various other dishes like sweet and sour chicken, tofu, or vegetables.

Chinese Sweet and Sour Pork Sauce is a delightful combination of sweet and tangy flavors. It has a smooth texture and a rich color that complements a variety of dishes. The sauce’s balance of sweetness from sugar and tanginess from vinegar makes it a beloved staple in Chinese cuisine.

Facts about the sauce:

  1. Sweet and Sour Pork Sauce is a classic Chinese sauce that has been enjoyed for centuries.
  2. The key ingredients, white sugar, and vinegar, are what give the sauce its characteristic sweet and tangy taste.
  3. This sauce is often used in the popular dish “Sweet and Sour Pork,” which features crispy fried pork pieces coated in the sauce.
  4. While the sauce is most commonly associated with pork, it can also be used with other proteins like chicken, shrimp, or tofu.
  5. Chinese Sweet and Sour Pork Sauce has gained popularity worldwide and can be found in Chinese restaurants across the globe. However, homemade versions offer a fresher and more customizable flavor.
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