Thursday, August 8, 2013

So Sweet!!! and Sour

So my hubby and I worked in a restaurant when we were teenagers. It was kinda like an old fashion American food. Chicken Fried Stake, Liver and Onions sorta place.  Years and years ago it was a Chinese food place and their sweet and sour sauce hung around.  It was so good to dip chicken fingers in!!  Tonight I made baked wontons.  I wanted something to dip them in. In the past I have continually made the ketchup, pineapple juice version in variation hoping to get a sauce I liked but to no avail. Tonight I started thinking about the sauce that we had at the Emerald.  My hubby was a cook so I asked him if he remember it. Nope. Sad face :(.... So I got on pintrest and searched most of what came up was the previously mentioned stuff.  I saw 1 recipe that looked different but I didn't have all the ingredients.  I found another that was promising but had a lot of ketchup.   I took the 2 and picked the parts I thought I would like and this is what was born!!

Sweet and Sour Sauce
1/4-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup white vinegar or rice wine
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp cornstarch 
1/4 tsp garlic powder
put pepper flakes in the bottom of the pan and heat till they become fragrant. Add sugar, vinegar, garlic and ketchup. Bring to boil. Mix cornstarch and water together and stir it in. Bring to a boil.  If it doesn't thicken add a little more cornstarch and water.

This almost seemed like a mix of the sweet chili sauce at Iggy's and a sweet and sour!!  I LOVE IT!!!  This is not my picture mine is lighter in color. I should be packing for our trip not blogging so.....