How to Make Sweet and Sour Sauce

As it is a popular condiment in the Philippines and figures heavily in Filipino cooking, I am doing a standalone entry on how to make sweet and sour sauce to refer back to for future recipes. As one of the many influences of Chinese trade, sweet and sour sauce can be tossed with other ingredients during cooking for moisture and flavor or used as dipping sauce for the meal. It is really very easy to make and the perfect sauce is all about finding the right balance between the sweetening agent such as sugar or honey and the acidic liquid such as vinegar or fruit juices. In my version, I like to add minced bell peppers for additional color and texture. Here  some wonderful things you can use sweet and sour sauce:

  • Sweet and Sour Pork-a sweet, tangy and definitely colorful dish that’s sure to please the whole family
  • Lumpiang Shanghai-ramp up the lumpia experience with a sweet and sour dipping sauce

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