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MamaC
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 6:11 pm    Post subject: Sweet and Sour Sauce Reply with quote

I am absolutely hooked on Sweet and Sour Sauce (not spicy). That orange sauce the restaurants serve with the fried meats.

I looked, but every recipe has spices in it... what I am talking about is just sweet and sour, more like a thin jam.

In New York... this is given with the meals in plastic pouches and it's called "Duck Sauce"

I only can get it with the meal, in town to the local Thai Restaurant and they don't give out the recipe.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MamaC..

This is how I do my Sweet and Sour sauce.

I usually mix about
5 tbsp ketchup, 1tsp light soya sauce, 1 tbsp fine sugar, 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar or white artificial vinegar.

Mix well and add maybe 1 cup of water with 1 tsp of corn flour. Stir till blended.

After I deep fry the pork or chicken pieces. I will cook the sauce separately.

Just simmer till thicken and you can add pieces of canned pineapples and green peppers (capsicums).

Sometimes, I saute some red onion rings and mince garlic before pouring the sauce on and simmer till onions are soft. The pour it over deep fried fish or pork chops.

hmmm..you've got to adjust te proportions coz I don't really measure them, just according to taste.

Hope this helps.
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MamaC
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you milkshake, I will give it a try...

Every attempt I made so far ended with something brownish and not at all the taste I wanted.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mamaC

the basic Sweet n Sour sauce only consists of 5 ingredients:

Tomato ketchup
White Vinegar
Water
Sugar
Cornstarch

If you want a spicy version, just add chilli sauce to the above.

I have already posted a recipe for this sometime ago:

http://www.kitchencapers.net/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=22

you can use the recipe for the sauce with other types of food(pork, chicken or even fried tofu)
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Gina ... I
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jam?

you might want to try something fresh..like fresh orange juice. If you have fresh orange juice that is SOUR, you might want to make a Sweet n Sour sauce with it.

I once bought a couple of oranges..and found out one of them was extremely sour. So I squeeze out the juice, add tomato ketchup, sugar, water and the rest of the stuff and cook it..then drizzle over fried meats..delicious!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

:lol:
is 4:40 am and I am drooling.

Can't wait, in few hours to try it.

Thanks a lot Gina
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

up so early? I am now drooling over Theodora's bread. island its 8pm now in singapore! and I haven't take my dinner yet. tummy growling like a lion. Can you hear it :lol:
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You mean I haven't got in bed yet :lol: and yes my belly is howling at me :lol:

Just about time. Got to the end of my shift... :lol:
Had couple of deals to close on Taiwan... can't help the time difference.

See you today :lol:
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh..graveyard shift ..oh..wait, I think its Dracula shift. Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mamaC, the sweet & sour sauce in alot of US chinese restaurants are very different from the sweet & sour sauce in actual chinese cooing. The restaurants here kind of adapt the chinese cooking to American tastes, alot of sugar and thick starch in their cooking. :( Chinese cooking that the local chinese are used to, is much much better and healthier . BTW, for your sweet/sour sauce, try also adding some plum sauce. You might have to play around with the ingredients to find which taste you like the best.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 4:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cwl

I tried ... what I don't like is the color I end up with. And the taste is not the one.

I want that very beautiful orange color and the taste that comes with it.
Call me crazy ... but I can eat it with anything. I went with a friend to a chineze restaurant and they served plain rice. I asked for some sweet and sour :lol: the rice was so much better :lol:

Like this one (picture taken from the net)
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mamaC

the ones in Singapore are not 'pourable' or silky look like in the picture. Its more paste like.

the trick here is the temperature control in cooking this sauce. if you turn up the heat, the sauce turns sticky and gooey..a bit like baby food. island if the heat is too low, it becomes thick and hard.

with practice, you CAN achieve that nice silky look and feel.All you need is a killer recipe.

I'll work a new one for you..stay tuned dear..!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Gina,

I am so curious to see what you can do about this sauce. I am tuned :lol:
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey MamaC, since you said that the sauce is runny and is orange in colour like a thin jam, I think it might be some mixture of plum sauce. Here in Melb, roast ducks are also served with that sauce, which they call plum sauce.

Is this what you want? Those served in restaurants here are abit more runny than this though. They have probably diluted it with water/stock etc. There is a recipe at that site and a simpler one here. If these recipes can't suit your taste then try doing a search on "sweet and sour plum sauce". HTH.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Sarah,

I will give all a try. I don't give up until I have it :lol:

I tried the recipe on RecipeSource but I end up with something not even close.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MamaC

here is how the sauce looks like. We usually had it with fried fish or pork



this is the brand of Chinese Rice Vinegar I used. Its very cheap in Singapore. Costs only S$1.20 for large bottle of 750ml


the sauce is shiny reddish and orange in colour, its sweet and sour. To enhance the flavour, this is how I make the sauce:

Ingredients A: to mix together

80ml Tomato ketchup
60ml water
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp Honey
2 tbsp Chinese Rice Vinegar


1 white onion(sliced)
2 red tomatoes(quartered)

Ingredients B
1 tbsp Cornstarch mixed with 4 tbsp of water

Method
1. Heat up wok with 1 tbsp of corn oil.
2. Add onions to saute till fragrant.
3. Add Ingredients A to cook over high heat for 2 mins.
4. Add Tomatoes to cook for 1 min.
5. Lastly add Ingredients B mixture, stir to cook till it thickens slightly.
6. Turn off heat and pour over rice or meat or fish.

Notes
For that very Chinese authentic flavour, its best to use Chinese Rice Vinegar. If you cannot find it, then use Distilled White Vinegar (Heinz brand).
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 4:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow... I must try this one.

Gina 1000 tx for trying the sauce for me. I have the rice vinegar and all the other ingredients. One of these days I will make it.

In fact I want to give a try to all the above recipes for this sauce... see which one is closest to the one I am looking for.

Thank you all ... you are jewels
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MamaC, the sweet & sour sauce in the US is bright red in color because they put a bit of red colouring in.

Try Gina's recipe and I think you'll find it much better than the ones in the restaurants. That's the sweet & sour sauce that I grew up with.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 5:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cwl

Then :lol: I'll take your word for it... mainly because you know what I am talking about.

Thank you
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


The sweet and sour sauce for this fish is done with Gina's new version. For the tomato ketchup - I used part homemade tomato sauce and part shop one. I omitted the honey and used potato starch. We like it a bit 'pourable' so added more water. It was a good version. Thumps up. Thanks Gina for sharing Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2006 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh... sinner, I see the color in your sauce.
I didn't have time to try it but I will :lol: I like it thick...
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try sweeting the sauce with pineapple juice and bits of it too
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:13 pm    Post subject: S&S sce Reply with quote

Have you tried using "seville " oranges,( they are so sour) and blood oranges they only need a little soy sce sugar and arrow root to do the job, this is for people who cannot eat tomatoes, you can add chilli and garlic to taste and a little fish sce doesnt hurt.
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