Ethnic food dishes with variations of sweet and sour sauce include sweet and sour chicken, sweet and sour meatballs, sweet and sour fish and sweet and sour pork. Sweet and sour sauce is cooked separately or in the same pan with other ingredients.
Sweet and sour chicken, and pineapple chicken with sweet and sour sauce, use different ingredients to create the sauce in each recipe. Sauce ingredients in classic sweet and sour chicken include 1/4 cup chicken stock, 3 tablespoons light brown sugar and 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar. Alternatively, the sauce for pineapple chicken combines 3/4 cup pineapple juice with 4 tablespoons of white vinegar, brown sugar and cornstarch.
The sauce for sweet and sour meatballs is more savory in flavor and combines 3/4 cup ketchup with 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce, 1/3 cup white vinegar, sugar and dry mustard. Bring all of the sauce ingredients to a boil, add browned meatballs and simmer until the meatballs are thoroughly cooked. To make crispy fish with sweet and sour sauce, coat 1 pound of sea bass in a cornmeal mixture. Combine sauce ingredients, including pineapple juice, red wine vinegar, hot pepper sauce and ginger, and cook in a skillet pan. To make a sauce variation for sweet and sour pork, combine 3/4 cup pineapple juice with brown sugar and white vinegar.