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Sweet and Sour Beef Recipe

Sweet and Sour Beef Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Beef & Lamb, Main Courses
Cuisine Asian, China
Servings 2


  • #Batter#
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsps baking powder
  • 4 tbsps cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 3 tbsps oil
  • 8 oz fillet of beef, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 inch fresh root ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • #Sweet and Sour Sauce#
  • 4 tbsps sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 tbsps red or malt vinegar
  • 1 tsp fresh root ginger, peeled and minced
  • 6 tbsps water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot
  • 2 tsps cooked oil
  • Few drops food coloring
  • Oil for deep frying


  • #The combination of sweet and sour is an old favorite for Chinese food lovers.# For the batter: sieve the flour, baking powder and cornstarch.
  • Beat in the 1 tbsp oil and add sufficient water to make a thick, smooth batter.
  • Heat the 3 tbsps oil in a wok and stir-fry the beef for 2 minutes. Remove the beef.
  • Fry the onion, ginger, garlic and green pepper for 2-3 minutes in the same oil. Remove the wok from the heat.
  • Mix the sauce ingredients together and add to the wok. Return the wok to the heat and bring to the boil gently. Lower the heat and simmer gently for 2-3 minutes until thick and clear.
  • Meanwhile, dip the beef cubes into the batter and deep fry in the hot oil until golden brown and crisp.
  • Drain on paper towels. Arrange in a deep dish and pour the hot sauce over the beef. Serve with a chow mein dish or fried rice. #TIME# Preparation takes 15 minutes, cooking takes 15 minutes. #VARIATION# Thinly sliced carrots, cucumber and zucchini may also be added along with the onion, ginger and green pepper.
Keyword Beef, Red meat