Sweet ‘n Sour Sauce

According to sources, the Cantonese originally came up with the idea of merging these two very different flavors, although it is unclear when the idea originated or what le d to its invention. Some believe that pork flavored with sweet and sour sauce was actually created to satisfy foreign tastes. Whether or not that is true, sweet and sour dishes remain very popular in China.

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Sweet 'n Sour Sauce
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  1. Peel and core apricots.
  2. Puree apricots and combine with vinegar and bring to a boil.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients, and simmer.
  4. Add corn starch diluted in cold water to thicken.
Recipe Notes

For other variations you might try replacing or adding to the apricots with pineapple, mango, or other sweet fruits. It may be desirable to vary the quantities of sugar and/or vinegar in the recipe to either increase or reduce the sweetness of the sauce. Additionally you can vary the amount or type of spicy hot sauce or peppers. In fact, differences in the flavor of sweet and sour dishes are found throughout China, with Cantonese dishes tending to be sweeter than those found in other regions.

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Travis Toler

Son of James Ivan Toler and Carol Ann Vadeboncoeur Toler

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