How to Make Sweet and sour sauce

How to Make Sweet and sour sauce - 1 50
  • 200g canned pineapple chunks (with juice)
  • 60g brown sugar
  • 60ml rice vinegar
  • 30ml soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 60ml water
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Per serving
Calories: 120 kcal
Proteins: 1 g
Carbohydrates: 30 g
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  • In a bowl, mix the pineapple juice (from the canned pineapple chunks), rice vinegar, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and set the mixture aside.
  • In a separate small bowl, mix the cornstarch and water until well combined to create a slurry.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • Add the diced onions and sauté until they become translucent.
  • Pour in the pineapple juice mixture and bring it to a simmer. Let it cook for about 5 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.
  • Add the diced red and green bell peppers, along with the canned pineapple chunks.
  • Stir in the cornstarch slurry and cook the sauce for an additional 2-3 minutes until it thickens and reaches the desired consistency.
  • Taste the sauce and adjust the sweetness or tanginess according to your preference by adding more sugar or vinegar if needed.
  • Once the sauce has reached the desired consistency and taste, remove it from the heat and let it cool slightly before serving.

Sweet and sour sauce is a versatile condiment that complements a wide range of dishes. It is commonly served with battered and deep-fried dishes, such as sweet and sour chicken, sweet and sour pork, sweet and sour shrimp, or sweet and sour tofu. It can also be used as a dipping sauce for egg rolls, spring rolls, or as a glaze for grilled meats and vegetables.

Sweet and sour sauce is a delightful combination of sweet and tangy flavors that originated in China. It has become popular worldwide due to its versatility and ability to enhance the taste of various dishes. The balance between the sweetness of the pineapple and the tanginess of the vinegar makes it a favorite sauce for many people.

Facts about the sauce:

  1. Sweet and sour sauce is believed to have been developed in China over 2,000 years ago.
  2. While pineapple is the main ingredient commonly used in the Western version of sweet and sour sauce, in some Chinese recipes, the sauce may include ingredients like hawthorn fruit or Chinese white rice vinegar.
  3. Different regions and cultures have their variations of sweet and sour sauce, ranging from thick and sticky to light and runny.
  4. In Chinese cuisine, sweet and sour sauce is often used to symbolize the balance of yin and yang in a dish, combining contrasting flavors to create harmony.
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