Posted by: omikun | April 27, 2009

Sweet and Sour for newbs

Instructions are rather clearly marked on the packet, but in case you are still afraid of how to go about it and need some visual confirmation that you haven’t botched the whole meal on step one, I shall document my sweet n sour cooking from a packet:

You’ll need:SweetnSour packet

It has instructions and ingredients list on the back:

Ingredients listSo you cut up the meat and add corn starch + water to it:

img_2389Then you add in enough soy sauce to make it all chocolatey brown. And let it sit while you prepare the rest of your ingredients. (lots of chopping!)

I bought 2lbs of boneless skinless chicken thigh instead of pork cause I couldn’t find any cheap ones (or rather, forgot to look). Since the thing called for 1.5 lbs, I saved the rest for my tomato beef noodle soup (that I almost always use chicken thigh with). Cut them, put them in a little plastic ziplock and pour some soy sauce to marinate them overnight. Will cook them tomorrow!

This is what it looks like after you cut all the veggie as per instructed by the sauce packet. I used a bit more carrots and bell peppers than instructed cause… I had more.

veggiI used 3 carrots, sliced diagonally, make sure you peel them first!

You’ll have to cut all the seeds out of the bell peppers, cause they’re spicy:

Time to cook the meat! Just pour some oil on the pan, make sure you have the whole pan covered in oil. Heat it on high, wait until if you sprinkle it with some water it’ll pop, then throw your meat on it. Cook one side for about 2-3 min, or when you really start smelling some charred goodness, flip them over and over until it’s mostly cooked. Should

look like this at the end:Yum

Almost want to give up and just eat that! But don’t give into the temptation! The final thing is so worth it!

So pour some more oil on the  pan, heat it back up. You don’t need it as hot as with the meat, since veggie doesn’t need as high heat to cook. Cook it on low after you have it heat up, and make sure to stir it every few minutes. Cover the lid and let it cook for a bit. Here’s what it should look like at the end:

Veggi all done!

Prepare your sauce mixture as per instruction:

SauceMix it well but if there are clumps of ketchup or whatever, don’t worry about it. Doesn’t seem to matter in the end.

Now add your meat into the veggie, and add this mixture into it. Let it simmer.


Once it starts to boil, turn it off, add your thing of pine apples from a can such as this:


And then serve with rice! Simple! this is actually pretty much the most complicated meals I ever cook. Probably took about an hour total with some pacing back and forth/zoning out and such. Should feed you for 2-3 days.




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