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Easy Sweet and Sour Sauce

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Serves 2

A 10 minute, simple, sweet and sour sauce!

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  • 2 oz/ 50g Brown Sugar
  • 2 oz/ 50g Malt Vinegar
  • 6 oz / 150g Tomato Sauce or Ketchup
  • 1 small tin pineapple chunks in juice
  • 1 tbsp light soy
  • 2 sliced spring onions (optional)
  • (In essence - 1 part sugar, 1 part vinegar, 3 parts sauce/ketchup)


    1. Combine all ingredients except the spring onion in a pan
    2. Simmer for 5 minutes
    3. Garnish with spring onion

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2nd Apr, 2020
This recipe was sweet but sour. Who wants to rip apart your taste buds like that. Make up your mind- either sweet or sour. Although i did eat this with lots of sugar which made it Sweet and Sweet. :)
Zena Simpson
28th Aug, 2019
Made this last Saturday, abit worried about how it would go! I tripled the recipe, only had balsamic vinegar and not enough ketchup but it turned out really nice!! Thankyou.
26th Sep, 2018
Love this quick easy but tasty recipe.
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Gordon Bennett
24th Feb, 2018
The only recipe for this that I've seen using onion! What's the obssesion with this foul pungent bulb, it destroys the flavour of anything it touches. Those that actually like the horrid thing will obviously disagree, the problem is their taste buds have been numbed and now need strong flavours, many will even state I can't taste any onion.!!!! Correct I do desise them.
10th Mar, 2016
I think this tasted great yes too much vinegar but l just added more sugar so balanced it out. I made sauce first then removed from pan. I had it with chicken breast peppers shallots small amount of fresh ginger lots of garlic granules the popped in the sauce heated through three in the spring onions at end . It tasted just like a take away but was so much better . I dreamed about the left overs and had it for breakfast oops thumbs up from me!
13th Jul, 2015
cook off sugar in vinegar first and then add ketchup but it is 3 parts sugar to 1 part vinegar, then add the pineapple juice to the sauce but cook pineapple in frying pan and then add. i have been making a sauce very similar to this for about 7 years.
6th Jan, 2015
Too much vinegar, I'd suggest 1oz vinegar and 3oz sugar.
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23rd Mar, 2019
Does this sauce come out nice and thick like the sauce you get from the Chinese takeaway?
8th Jan, 2017
Loved this sauce very easy to make but I replaced the malt vinegar with rice vinegar instead, a much better taste and not too sharp