Sweet & Sour Chicken with Jasmine Rice
The famous Sweet & Sour chicken is probably one of the most well-known recipes all over world. As one of the few meals that are not spicy at all, this is often a popular choice among children as well. 5 minutes in the microwave, and then you have an authentic meal. Quick, easy and delicious.
Depending on who you ask, sweet and sour chicken may be labeled as a Chinese food item, but this is not truly a dish from China. This confusion comes from the fact that it is regularly served in fast food Chinese restaurants throughout North America, especially in the United States of America. Despite its roots not actually coming from China, most people who see it in these restaurants simply assume it must be an ancient traditional Chinese delicacy, but it is indeed quite a modern invention.
Sweet and Sour dishes are made mostly using white meat, most often chicken, that has been deep-fried using batter and hot oil. The deep-fried chicken is then covered in sweet and sour sauce, an item that shares the same controversial misconception as the chicken dish. Again, many people simply presume sweet and sour sauce is a component of traditional Chinese cuisine, but it is actually a simple vinegar and sugar mixture that is not the same sauce type used in China.
To finish off the dish, the chicken is often topped with fruits or vegetables such as pineapples, green peppers, hot peppers, carrots, or even sweet pickles.
When ordered at a fast food Chinese restaurant, the dish is served fairly hot, fresh out of the deep fryer. Although it is depends on the restaurant, it often comes with white rice or fried rice. It can also be requested to be served with lo mein, a type of noodle. The portion is often sizeable, intended to be a full meal in itself, and the dish can certainly be filling enough to be eaten simply with a side portion of rice or noodles. The dish is usually eaten either with a fork or chopsticks – depending on the customer’s level of comfort with the latter.
Cooked jasmine rice 50% (water, of which jasmine rice 46%, sunflower oil), cooked chicken meat 21%, water, sugar, onion, tomato, palm oil, bamboo shoot, pineapple, baby corn, corn starch, soybean, salt, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, ginger, wheat, tapioca starch, dextrose, yeast extract, oyster extract (from mollusk), sunflower oil, maltodextrin, acidity regulator (E260), colour (E 160C).
|Nutritional values per 100g.|
|Energy||575 kJ / 136 kcal|
|– of which saturates||0,4g|
|– of which sugars||4,8g|