I love the pinkish red sweet and sour sauce that is served in Chinese restaurants...I have tried dozens of recipes and been disappointed so I made this one by trial and error...this is the closest I have come to getting that flavor.
Original recipe comes from Todd Wilbur's book "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes" however I've made some minor changes to fit personal taste. For something different substitute leftover pork roast. Please note that we like spicy food so you may wish to adjust the amount sambal oelek you use.
This recipe - which works as either a main dish or appetizer - is a result of combining some different "Salt and Pepper Squid" recipes that I hadn’t made before. I was aiming for the taste I’d had in a Seattle sushi place, but didn’t quite achieve it. On the other hand, my husband and I loved these anyhow, so I decided to write up the recipe so that I – and others – can duplicate it in the future. These are as good as any calamari I’ve gotten in restaurants! The first time we made them we gobbled them down so fast that I forgot to take a photo... :)
This Chinese fried rice has the flavor those other recipes are missing. Tastes like takeout. I want to dedicate this dish to Bergy, whose recipe "AM & B's Indonesian Mehoon" has inspired this dish. Make sure you season your rice with salt before it cooks. Add some butter to the cooking water, as well. Other seasonings should be added before you cook, as well, so it has time to get inside the rice. If you like sesame flavor, add 1 tsp. of it after you add the green onions, but do not use it as a cooking oil because it easily burns.
This is yummy, and pretty easy to put together, the wrapping wll be a little wrinkly. It not only has a shrimp filling, but a whole shrimp in it as well. Came from a recipe book i have that is written in half chinese and half english. Updated as per chef flower's comments in directions.
I have been playing with this recipe for ages. I think this comes pretty close to the orange chicken that I enjoy at my favorite chinese restaurant. Served over steamed rice or fried rice makes it a one-dish meal. I sprinkle chopped green onions on mine. Yum.
Don't bother ordering Chinese chicken balls make these at home they are just as good if not even better and the sweet and sour sauce is the same as what is served at your Chinese restaurant!-- these are a great weekend snack or can be served as appetizers, if you want some extra flavor to you chicken batter feel free to add in some garlic or onion powder or spices of choice --- this makes a large amount so you may want to reduce the chicken ball batter amount by half (using 4 chicken breasts) --- NOTE: the sauce recipe is one you may have to make a few times before you get the consistancy and sweetness to your liking, 1 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup lightly packed brown will give you a sweet sauce you may reduce the white sugar amount by a few tablespoons
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