Chinese Sweet and Sour Vegetables

Nuvita Biscuits


3 cups broccoli florets
2 medium carrots, diagonally sliced
1 large red bell pepper, cut into short, thin strips
100g baby corn
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1/4 cup diagonally sliced green onion
Add 1/2 cup water to large skillet with a tight-fitting lid and bring to a boil over high heat.

Add carrots, cover and steam for 4 minutes.

Remove lid and add an additional 1/4 cup water and bring to a boil.

Add broccoli and red peppers and baby corn.

Reduce heat to medium.

Cover and steam another 4 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender.

Meanwhile, combine cornstarch and sugar in small bowl.

Blend in pineapple juice, soy sauce and vinegar until smooth.

Transfer vegetables to colander and drain.

Stir pineapple mixture and add to skillet.

Cook and stir 2 minutes or until sauce boils and thickens.

Stir in sesame oil.

Return vegetables to skillet along with the green onions and toss with sauce.

Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Shay H on Mar 15, 2013

    I have a nice sauce to use, but need chicken with that particular coating/taste, and can’t seem to replicate that taste. I found a recipe online that uses egg white and cornstarch as a coating, but wanted to see what my culinary friends out in yahoo-land say!

  2. posted by MAK & CHEESE on Mar 15, 2013

    hi there, im doing a project on chinese cuisine and so i need to know what a typical meal would look like in china. So i need to know an example of a main dish, and some dishes that would accompany the main one.


  3. posted by TommyKay on Mar 15, 2013

    Or, one that is at least a LITTLE bit healthier than Chinese take-out?

  4. posted by Sophia C on Mar 15, 2013

    I like the taste of sweet and sour chicken, but not the deep fried chicken. I’m looking for something with veggies and sweet sauce that doesn’t deep fry.

  5. posted by MAK & CHEESE on Mar 15, 2013

    A local Chinese place makes it so well, and I haven’t been able to find it at another restaurant. If you know of a good recipe for it, I would love to have it. Tried and tested only, please! Thanks.

  6. posted by Jeremy Xargor is my gamertag on Mar 15, 2013

    I wanna learn to cook it myself?

  7. posted by Melanie on Mar 15, 2013

    I am going to make some Fried rice.I have everything but soy sauce and i dont want to buy any. What should i use?

  8. posted by Jenna on Mar 15, 2013

    I asked a day ago and accidentally closed the question, oops! :) Also any good asian dishes with chicken would be nice too! Like lo mein or anything…. I’m open for suggestions! You guys did a great job helping earlier!

  9. posted by Daniel on Mar 15, 2013

    Sweet, salty, sour, bitter, & umami? Does not have to be all of those, but I know recipes use some of these principles….just don’t understand it completely.

  10. posted by steve on Mar 15, 2013

    Hello. I have been curently living in Shenyang, China for the last year and a half. My coworkers and friends go out to dinner a lot. I love the Chinese food, but I know that it is not the healthiest thing for me to consume. I was wondering if anyone knew of some alternative dishes that I could order, or some of the more healthier dishes. If you could give me the characters or pinyin that would be awesome. Thank you in advance.

  11. posted by arronwrath on Mar 15, 2013

    I once heard that it is cooked healthier (if that makes any sense) and its fresher. What should I know?

  12. posted by Kevin on Mar 15, 2013

    Tell me the ingredients and how. Thanks so much!
    Hanna T,
    This is the Cooking & Recipes Section.
    I want to make it myself! And it’s spelled chinese. Jeez. People are rude. Reported.

  13. posted by Moore, Ron on Mar 15, 2013

    Hi all,
    I would like to cook a wonderful chinese dinner for my family, w/o any eggs b/c my youngest child is allergic. I would love to prepare fried rice, egg rolls, sesame chicken, beef and broccoli, cheese wontons,m and the sweet red sauce that goes over the sweet and sour chicken. Any recipes would be great!

  14. posted by maskills24 on Mar 15, 2013

    I want a balance taste the sweetness and the sour taste of the sauce and simple to cook.

  15. posted by Caltel T on Mar 15, 2013

    I need to make some chinese food to go with egg fried rice and sweet and sour sauce; any ideas??
    It also needs to be vegetarian!

  16. posted by Mak Sultan on Mar 15, 2013

    I LOVE lo mein noodles at chinese buffets. I really want to learn how to make them. I need a good recipe, not one that is going to need tweaking. I have tried many different places and they mostly all taste the same. So I need a tried and true recipe.

    Also a recipe for the fried chicken and red sweet and sour sauce would be amazing. I love that stuff. BUT I NEED A RECIPE FOR LO MEIN NOODLES!!!

  17. posted by whitesoxfan2347 on Mar 15, 2013

    What can I make for dinner with it OTHER than sweet and sour chicken?

    -live, laugh, love, behappi.
    Awwwww. I made egg rolls yesterday, though.

    And last time I made sweet and sour chicken with rice. Anything new and different?

  18. posted by kiltakblog on Mar 15, 2013

    I adore Chinese, especially the local take-out place. Their food is out of this world.

    However, I have never found a recipe that has made anything like the stuff in the restaurant. I’ve made some decent tasting stirfries before, but they still are nothing like the food in the local take out place.

    It seems the recipes online use soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sugar to make the sauces, but it doesn’t taste anything like what they’re using in the restaurants.

    Anyone have any tips?

  19. posted by lets roll on Mar 15, 2013

    Is there any good sites or books that have recipes on all those Asian foods that are at take away shops and restaurants. Chicken vegetables, Mongolian lamb, black bean…something, sweet and sour pork, honey chicken. etc

  20. posted by thinkthought on Mar 18, 2013

    Is the food at Manchu Wok generally healthier than other fast-food restaurants? I mean since it is Chinese food that they serve.

  21. posted by Mistry on Mar 21, 2013

    It’s an orange color almost like a less ketchuppy sweet and sour sauce. Same consistensy as sweet and sour. The chicken is fried not baked. There is no spicyness to it. I’m assuming it is Cantonese, could be wrong. I’ve only found it at a buffet or two but never at a takey outy.
    no noticeable garlic flavor either

  22. posted by lucasg615 on Mar 21, 2013

    It sometimes comes with the chicken& vege mix, and the beef and vege mix. It’s not oily but not reeally sweet. Can’t figure it out. Also is it healthier (lower in cals) if you don’t include the sauce and just try and eat the veges by themselves?

  23. posted by Flash Funk on Mar 21, 2013

    So I’m Vegan and I was just interested in knowing what dishes I could eat at american chinese food restaurants. 😀

  24. posted by jag43216 on Mar 21, 2013

    We use to use a recipe for parmasan chicken using soy sauce and some other ingredients to sautee the chicken being putting it over pasta but I can’t remember the recipe has ask one tried this before

  25. posted by Peter on Mar 21, 2013

    Could you please let me know a recipe for vegetable stir-fry that goes over hot cooked white rice. I always just put the frozen stir-fry veggies in a pan w/ a little olive oil and splash in some soy sauce when the veggies are about as tender as I want them, but to me it tastes a little boring and not the same as the stir-fry you would get in Chinese restaurants. So does anyone have a good recipe for it?

  26. posted by stingerms on Mar 21, 2013

    Choose one starter: vegetable spring rolls, chicken & sweet corn soup, bbq ribs or chicken satay skewer.

    Choose one main: sweet & sour chicken + rice, szechuan chicken +rice, black bean beef + rice, lemon chicken + rice, black pepper beef + rice, beef chow mein, singapore fried noodle, vegetable chow mein, chicken curry, beef fried rice or chicken chow mein.

    Choose any soft drink you like but please state what you’d order.

  27. posted by superdork on Mar 21, 2013

    Does anyone know how to make fried chinese rice and sweet and sour chicken~those are my two faves…thanks!

  28. posted by The Inc on Mar 22, 2013

    My brother in law does something with the chops, vinegar and soy sauce and bakes them in this mixture for ??? I don’t even know how to make the mixture and he won’t tell me- please help…He is part Phillipino so it may be a Phillipino dish…Thanks for any help…

  29. posted by Lucas H on Mar 23, 2013

    I’ve tried several and they’ve always turned out goopy and nothing like you can get at a local Chinese restaurant. I would just go and get take out, but there are absolutely NO decent asian restaurants around the area. Thanks!

  30. posted by Con Orpe on Mar 23, 2013

    I am tired of ordering the same thing from chinese restaurants. I’d like to try something new, but there are so many choices!

    I really like thick noodles, like Udon Noodles. Also like spicy and vegetables and either chicken or shrimp or no meat at all.

  31. posted by Jairo on Mar 25, 2013

    I still live with my parents and they’re getting a Chinese or Indian takeaway later- whats the best thing to have for watching your weight? Could you suggest something for both types of food please? x

  32. posted by baldy eire on Mar 25, 2013

    I have been diagnosed with gall stones and I recently had an attack of billiary colic that I was hospitalised for. There seems to be no definitave list of triggers for an attack. I also want to know if alcohol exaccerbates this. Please dont just type “fatty foods” as I am looking for specifics.

    The triggers I have found are…..

    Chinese (sweet and sour especially)
    And Cheese in all forms

  33. posted by toast on Mar 25, 2013

    I’m just sitting here, unable to sleep, with a huge craving for Chinese food. What do you normally get when you order?

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