Chinese version of sweet and sour chicken is very much different from the western version, it is treated as a dish that served with steamed rice in Chinese society, usually with other dishes as well, like one plate of stir fried vegie and a bowl of soup. While western version of sweet and sour chicken is normally served as an appetizer, and definitely not served with rice.
For Chinese in Southeast Asia, it is commonly called Ku Lou Yok. Well, most of the time pork meat is used to make this dish, but when it is replaced with chicken meat, the result is just the same: Delicious! Due to its great presentation and savory taste, it is loved by the people here, in fact it is a very famous Chinese cuisine that can be found in any Chinese restaurant in Southeast Asia.
To make this wonderful Ku Lou Yok, we need to have the following ingredients:
|500g chicken breast meat, cut into small pieces||3 tbsp tomato sauce|
|1 cucumber, take out the pulp, cut into 1 inch long||1 tbsp sugar|
|2 tomato, take out the pulp, cut into wedges||3 clove garlic, crushed|
|2 onion, cut into wedges||1 tbsp light soy sauce|
|4 tbsp cornflour for coating||½ tbsp sesame oil|
|Dash of pepper||2 slice ginger|
|1 tbsp plum sauce||2 red chilies, cut|
|½ tbsp vinegar||Salt to taste|
Ok, Let’s start now!
marinate chicken meat using 1 tbsp light soy sauce, pepper and sesame oil, at least 15 minutes
coat the marinated chicken meat with cornflour.
heat up enough oil for deep fry in a pan/wok, when oil is hot, put in the coated chicken meat and deep fry till brown. Drain well, set aside.
Pour in tomato sauce, plum sauce, vinegar and 1 tbsp of water, stir fry till mix well and thick.
Yes! That’s it, now you can make your own Chinese Version of Sweet and Sour Chicken aka Ku Lou Yok! Hope you will try this recipe and will love it! Oh yes, here are some cooking tips for this dish:
1) take out the cucumber pulp so that cucumber can be more crunchy and taste better.
2) do not add back the fried chicken meat too early to make sure the chicken is cripsy.
3) you may replace chicken meat with pork meat.