Saturday, November 23, 2013

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Yes - I know it is boring but when I am having Chinese food, sweet and sour remains one of my favourites.  So this is my homemade version.  I would serve this with chicken, turkey, mixed with noodles or, my personal favourite and another nod to my childhood....with meatballs
I usually make a big batch of this and freeze half for an easy tea later in the month when money and energy may be in short supply.

Out of interest, have any of you found yourself creating your favourite takeaway dish at home....?

1 pepper (any colour but preferably red, yellow or orange)
1 onion
1 clove of garlic
Half a red chilli (you can vary this depending on taste)
A knob of ginger
Either one fresh pineapple or a 425 gram tin of pineapple in juice
4 star anise
50 grams of tamarind paste
100 grams of caster sugar
100 ml of rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon of tomato puree
1 teaspoon of honey
Salt and Pepper

Chop all the vegetables and place in a pan with most of the pineapple (leave some aside to be added later).

If you are using a tin of pineapple add all the juice to the pan but if you are using a fresh pineapple add some water to the pan as well.

Bring to the boil and then simmer for 10 minutes.

Cool for a couple of minutes and then liquidise.

Return to the pan and add the remaining chopped pineapple, star anise, tamarind paste, caster sugar, rice wine vinegar and tomato puree.

Bring to the boil then simmer for 20 minutes until it is reduced and sticky.

Add seasoning and honey to taste.


  1. ooo I love sweet and sour. Never made it from scratch though, bet it tastes so much better than bought. Will have to give this a go next Chinese night :-)

  2. Thanks for your comment! It is a particularly tasty sauce. Let me know how you get on if you try it.

  3. I love sweet and sour sauce but have never made my own. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I have bookmarked it and will take cue and make a big batch like you for those moments when I feel absolutely lethargic. Have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks Liz - do let me know how you get on if you have a chance to try this one. I am having what was left in the freezer for dinner tonight with noodles and salt and pepper prawns. Very much looking forward to it!

  4. I love tangy and sweet flavour, but unfortunately i'm allergic with pinneaple then i uess i'll skip it and replace with cranberry juice or somethng else.....

    1. Hi there! Thanks so much for visiting my blog, I am delighted to hear from you. That is a tricky one if you are allergic to pineapple...cranberry is a good replacement and some other suggestions I have are mango or orange juice and segments. Do let me know how you get on if you have a chance to try this one. All the best.