After having to put up with the so-called 'sweet and sour sauce' that they serve in American Asian restaurants (theirs are only sweet), I got this recipe from a friend in Alaska when I was stationed up there years ago.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
3 cups
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir sugar, chicken broth, white vinegar, vegetable oil, soy sauce, salt, and garlic together in a saucepan; bring to a boil.

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  • Whisk water and cornstarch together until cornstarch is dissolved; whisk into the boiling mixture. Cook sauce until thickened, 5 to 7 minutes.

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Cook's Notes:

Use a pot that allows room for the bubbling sauce, as it will burn skin in a pan that's too small when it bubbles and you're stirring.

Unlike the majority or American restaurants that I've been in, this is truly a sweet and sour flavor and is golden in color, as opposed to red.

Nutrition Facts

83 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 18.6g; fat 1.1g; sodium 244mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2014
The best sweet and sour sauce recipe that I have found! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2014
The best sweet and sour sauce recipe that I have found! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2014
This is really good! Just the right balance of sweet and sour. I use vegetable broth to make it vegetarian but other than that I don't change a thing. It's great as a sauce for fried tofu. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2017
The change I made was to use Splenda rather than sugar, so that someone who'd had bariatric surgery could eat it without dumping. It was delicious, tasted just right, and we both feel great afterwards! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2017
Super easy.... super quick. Added it to homemade meatballs in slow cooker. Delish. This will be my new go to meatball sauce. No more store bought for us. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2015
I used 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar and it was a little tart. I loved it anyway and froze portions. Next time I'll try 3/4c. palm sugar and sambal oelek or sriracha to spice it up. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2017
I'm so happy I found this recipe- just how I like it - so easy to make Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2016
Made it as is. Maybe next time is all a little less sugar but really good and went well with ground pork patties recipe I found here. I made meatballs and put them in the sauce. Delish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2016
So much better than the restaurant sickly sweet stuff. This is more sour than sweet for me just sweet enough as I like the vinegary bite this has. Will remake would be great on chicken or tofu. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2020
Easy and healthy. We used honey instead of white sugar, still great. Read More
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