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Sweet and sour sauce

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10min


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About this recipe: This recipe is quite an old one. It was obtained from some Malaysian friends in the late 70's, still tastes great though and is easy to make with ingredients found in most cupboards and fridges.

Redhotchili2009 Flintshire, Wales, UK

Ingredients
Serves: 4 

  • 2 dessertspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 120ml tomato ketchup
  • 180ml cold water
  • 1 dessertspoon white wine vinegar
  • salt to taste
  • 1 dessertspoon sugar, or to taste
  • 1 dessertspoon cornflour, mixed with a little water til dissolved

Method
Prep:5min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Ready in:10min 

  1. Heat oil in a saucepan add the garlic and chilli powder and cook until garlic is browned.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pan excluding the cornflour. The sugar and salt should be added slowly - taste the sauce to check the balance of sweet and sour and add more or less sugar and salt accordingly.
  3. Simmer for 5 minutes. Then add the cornflour mixed with a little water to thicken the sauce.
  4. Chilli may be left out if you don't like your sauce with a bit of kick.

Tip

Best served in a dipping bowl. It's nice served with chicken in batter or tempura prawns. Alternatively can be served with tempura vegetables for the vegan option.

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Reviews (4)

pieppiep
4

Quick and easy to prepare, and was tasty mixed in with a stir-fry. Will make again - 22 Mar 2012

JoMiller
2

Used about a teaspoon of paprika instead of chilli, was fantastic! Far better than the stuff u get from the chinese! - 22 Jul 2014

lutzfcat
1

I liked this sauce, but to me, it tastes more like what I would call "chili sauce" rather than a traditional "sweet and sour sauce." Granted I'm an American and this simply be a matter of not understanding the U.K. lingo, but I really didn't understand the measurement "dessert spoon"...how much is that? Don't mean to be too critical because this still was enjoyed as a dipping sauce for chicken & pork dumplings. - 19 Feb 2015

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