I had the best sweet and sour pork in Beijing at the same off the tourist track restaurant that served the best Peking style duck. It was fresh and bursting with flavour, and interestingly, instead of green capsicum it was stir-fried with cucumber.
So, when a sweet and sour sauce craving hit last week, I knew I had to do something about it. It really is an easy version of the Chinese classic and from scratch. It is simple and just as delicious.
Make the sauce with fresh pineapple instead of tinned, carrots and celery for some added vitamins, fibre and crunch.
Need more veg? Chop up some capsicum, beans, snow peas or mushrooms and stir fry them before making the sauce.
It might have become my go to sweet and sour sauce – sooo easy to make! I don’t buy the stuff in jars. And no takeaway versions in Sydney with a starchy orange sauce, have not been a match to the Beijing version, or this.
RELATED: 22+ Quick Meals with Mince
You can use any type of bread for meatballs – including gluten free, and the meatballs will remain beautifully succulent. Swap dairy milk for your choice of nut milk. Make it Jamaican by adding a teaspoon curry powder and a touch of cinnamon to the sauce.
The possibilities are truly endless, because you can also make this easy sweet & sour sauce with chicken, pork or firm fish pieces.