Kittencal's Restaurant-Style Chinese Sweet and Sour Sauce

Total Time
5 mins
10 mins
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  • 12 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon regular soy sauce
  • 13 cup white vinegar
  • 12 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 cup white sugar (can reduce a 2-3 tablespoons for a less sweeter taste)
  • 34 cup cold water (or can use unsweetened pineapple juice or half each, I prefer the pineapple juice)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch (for a thinner sauce reduce to 2 tablespoons, if you want an very thick sauce use 4 tablespoons)


  1. In a saucepan combine the first 5 ingredients until combined.
  2. In a cup or bowl whisk the cold water with cornstarch or pineapple juice until smooth and combined, then whisk in ketchup mixture; bring to a boil stirring or whisking constantly over medium-high heat until bubbly and thickened (the sauce will continue to thicken more while simmering).
  3. Cool slightly and use immediately or refrigerate.