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Sweet & Sour Sauce Recipe

This is a good dipping sauce, or can accompany fried cubes of pork tenderloin to make a version of sweet and sour sauce - in which case the quantities given will serve four people.

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Key Features

  • Suitable for Vegetarians
  • Suitable for Vegans


- 2 tablespoons (30ml) groundnut or sunflower oil

225g/8 oz Shallots, peeled and finely-chopped

2 tablespoons (30ml) Sugar

3 tablespoons (45ml) Red Wine Vinegar (Chinese if possible)

275ml/10 fl oz fresh Orange Juice

1 teaspoon (5ml) Cornflour, mixed with a little water

Salt and freshly-ground Black Pepper


1. Heat the oil in a saucepan,, then add the chopped shallots and sugar.

2. Cook over a low heat until the sauce becomes a light caramel colour, then simmer for a further 2 minutes.

3. Gently beat in the dissolved cornflour mixture and stir until the sauce is smooth.

4. Season with salt and pepper.

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