Sweet and sour dishes are very popular at Chinese restaurants. You can order fish, chicken or pork, the usual meat used. However not all restaurants serve very delicious sweet and sour dishes. I have tried a few and it was rather disappointing. Some are too sweet, some are too sticky, some are too bland, some use colouring while some have more sauce than meat. This dish is usually colourful because of the vegetables and the balance of sweet and sour must be correct to make it one that you want to eat over and over again.
The recipe for the sweet and sour sauce used here is very simple and easy. It may not be the best but one that my family and friends like. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste.
2 chicken legs (deboned and cut into bite size pieces)
1T sesame oil
2T light soya sauce
2T corn flour
1/2 small red capsicum (de-seeded and cut)
1/2 small green capsicum (de-seeded and cut)
1/2 small yellow capsicum (de-seeded and cut)
100g baby corn (cut)
Ingredients B (sauce)
4T chili sauce
1 & 1/2 T light soya sauce
2 & 1/2 T sugar
1T corn flour
Cut up the vegetables into bite size pieces. Cook the baby corn in boiling water for a few minutes to precook it. If you like, you can precook the capsicum pieces too but I didn’t because capsicums can be eaten raw and I love the crunch. So I add it last.
Marinate the chicken pieces with the sesame oil, light soya sauce and corn flour for about 30 minutes. Heat up some oil in a frying pan or wok and pan fry the chicken pieces until browned and cooked. They are very delicious even on its own. Dish up and discard the oil.
Put Ingredients B into a bowl and mix well. Then pour into the frying pan. Keep stirring until it comes to a boil and thickens. Add the chicken pieces, some fried garlic and all the vegetables. Mix well, dish up and serve hot with rice, noodles or pasta.
You can use other meat and vegetables for this dish. Pineapple, big onions and pickled cucumber as in Pineapple And Cucumber Salad are good addition.
What is your favourite dish when you eat at a Chinese restaurant? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.
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