You may have noticed that with every traditional Chinese recipe comes a broth to go with it. It therefore goes without saying that soup, broth or sauce as you may choose to call it, is a major part of every traditional Chinese meal. You have also probably heard of the various recipes the sweet and sour sauce comes with and measures you can take during preparation to arrive at the same taste during your meal times.
Another crucial thing to note is the keenness through which health is adhered to. You will therefore find that many Traditional Chinese Sweet and Sour recipes include lean protein meat and a lot of vegetables. I hereby present you with two white meat sweet and sour recipes to indulge your taste buds in whenever the need for good Traditional Chinese broth arises.
Traditional Chinese Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe
Sweet and sour way of meal preparation is among the basic Traditional Chinese ways of cooking. This traditional Chinese sweet and sour chicken makes it to the top list of most favorite dishes you will find. A mouth-watering sweet and sour sauce is basically stir-fried into your meat coated in crispy batter.
- 600g chicken breast that has been skinned and boned then dissected into smaller chunks.
- A stalk of scallion
- 2 pieces of minced garlic cloves
- A wedged tomato
- An average-sized cubed bell pepper(green)
- Cooking oil
- 1 tablespoonful cooking wine (optional)
- 4 tablespoonsful of flour
- A half full glass of water
- A small dash of baking powder
Sweet and Sour Sauce ingredients
- Tomato sauce (3 tablespoonsful)
- Chilli sauce (2 tablespoonsful)
- 3 dashes of ground white pepper
- Chinese rice vinegar (¼ tsp)
- Lea and Perrins Worcestershire sauce (½ tsp)
- Oyster sauce (½ tsp)
- Sugar (1 tablespoonful)
- Water (3 tablespoonsful)
- Corn starch
- Marinade the cubed chicken chunks with the wine and leave to rest for about 8 minutes. Combine the batter elements in a glass dish then proceed to put in your chicken. Prepare the sauce by combining all the sauce elements the set mixture aside.
- In your pot of hot oil, throw in the chicken and deep fry it. Shake of the excessive batter once done. To rid the chicken of extra oil, place the deep-fried chunks on a plate that with a paper towel. Next remove the much of the oil and leave about 2 tablespoonsful on the skillet.
- In the hot oil left behind, add your garlic and cook it until it begins to turn brown. Next pour in the bell peppers and stir slowly as you await the aroma to hit your nose. The sauce you placed aside is now added to the skillet. Wait as the mixture boils. Your sauce is now ready for the chicken, throw in together with tomatoes and the scallions. Several fast stirs and the delicacy is ready. Now serve you stew with rice.
Rice, especially steamed white is the recommended dish to eat the Chinese sweet and sour chicken as it won’t have other flavors competing for attention. Sweetness in the sauce is from sugar while tartness is from the Chinese rice vinegar. Chilli sauce is added to maintain the heat in your meal.
Sweet and Sour Fish
This traditional Chinese sweet and sour dish is made of carp. A representative of the Lu cuisine, it sure is a major dish. The golden fish sourced from the yellow river is deliciously sweet and sour, and tender from the outside in. The fish is juicy and tantalizing and when added to sweet and sour sauce, a mouth-watering delicacy is born. Fish is a representation of wealth in China and hence never lacks in a family’s celebration meal.
Deep frying the fish can be a tricky affair as sometimes too much heat causes it to burn. It is therefore vital that you are keen on the oil temperatures. Other notes include: –
- The size of the fish should be moderate for better frying.
- Make shallow cuts on the fish as cutting it deeply may result in a broken fish during frying.
- For the batter add flour to water then finally starch to prevent it from all dripping off and leave the fish golden-yellow after frying.
- To achieve the raised ends structure of the fish, high temperatures are needed for frying. Use both hands to hold the fish in place during this process.
- Depending on size of fish, increase the sweet and sour sauce ratio you make.
- Cook as the final dish and eat while still soft and crisp.
- 600g fish
- Diced vegetables (60g)
- A small piece of Onion
- A clove of garlic and small piece of ginger
Sweet and Sour Sauce
- About 30g of tomato ketchup
- Ground sugar
- A tablespoonful of water
- A dash of vinegar
- Raw soy (3ml)
- Corn starch
- Water and
Step 1: Cook your broccoli by boiling and set aside. Next wash your fish.
Step 2: Once the fish is clean, tilt at 45 degrees and slice evenly using a kitchen scalpel.
Step 3: Marinate the fish using wine and leave to rest for half an hour.
Step 4: Prepare your batter by adding flour to water then finally starch, then mix them thoroughly.
Step 5: Dip your marinated fish into the batter then hold it on top of the bowl to let excess batter fall back into it.
Step 6: Preheat enough cooking oil then deep fry your fish. Be sure to hold the head with a fork for the shape for several minutes. Then fully fry your fish to golden brown.
Step 7: In a fresh pot, mix your sauce elements then bring to boil. Once boiled, add onion, garlic and ginger then continue cooking it.
Step 8: Your onions, ginger and garlic will be floating by the time you sauce is well cooked. Remove them.
Step 9: Add in your ketchup followed by the vegetables and stir well. Add salt then cook for a while longer before panning it.
Step 10: Finally, add the mixture to your fish and your traditional Chinese sweet and sour fish is ready!
Pros of Traditional Chinese Sweet and Sour Fish
- The vinegar incorporated is highly advantageous as it promotes good metabolism thus eliminating tiredness. Vinegar is also responsible for prevention of blood pressure and arteriosclerosis.
- Vinegar benefits do not end there! It is equipped minerals as such as iron and glycerine. During digestion, vinegar breaks down some of the minerals therefore enabling the body absorb them better while protecting other nutrients from destruction.
Tradition Chinese sweet and sour recipes are not only made of delicacies that are fast to make but they are also filled with nutritious values too good to miss out on.