Super easy

I love Asian/Oriental food. I was saddened when I was told it was now "off-limits". Then I found the "holy trinity" to Asian/Oriental Food and it's so simple. The Sauces! Asian/Oriental food is usually seasoned by a sauce, be it Soy, Hoison, Oyster, Teriyaki or Sweet and sour sauces. Traditional versions of these sauces are very very high in sodium, one teaspoon of a certain brand of these sauces can equal a full days sodium intake for most of us. In this Sauces and Utility Recipes section, you will find recipes for 4 of 5 of these "off-limits" Asian/Oriental sauces in a very LoSo offering that will allow you to cook some of your favorite dishes or enjoy a using them as a side to your favorites.

In the recipe section under Asian Cuisine I have many different Asian/Oriental recipes. If I make reference to a low sodium version of one of these sauces I am refering to this recipe section to make it, they are NOT store bought.

The Sweet and Sour Sauce Substitute rounds out the first round of Chinese sauces that will allow you to make all of the Asian/Chinese recipes on this website so far. This great sauce can be used in our recipes, but also as a dipping sauce for dumplings, egg rolls and just fried chicken. You will love it's flavor and again this version is very low sodium.



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Category: Sauces and utility recipes
Cuisine Type Asian


For 1 Batch(es)


1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons Unsalted Ketchup
1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce (From the Sauces and Utility Section)
3 Tablespoons White, or Rice wine vinegar
1/3 Cup Pineapple juice
1/4 Teaspoon Chinese 5 Spice
2 Teaspoons Corn Starch

Sweet and Sour Sauce Substitute Directions

    • For the sweet & sour sauce, place brown sugar, tomato ketchup, soy sauce, vinegar, pineapple juice and Chinese five spice in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer for a few minutes until sugar dissolves. In a small bowl, combine cornflour with 2 tablespoons of water. Add the cornflour mixture to the sauce and simmer for a further 2 minutes to thicken. Remove from heat and set aside.

Recipe notes

Sodium By The Numbers

Brown Sugar =0mg
Unsalted Ketchup =10mg
Soy Sauce (from the Sauces and Utlity section) =5mg
White or Rice Wine Vinegar =45mg
Pinapple Juice =7mg
Chinese 5 spice =0mg
Corn Starch =0mg

Total Sodium per batch (approx. 1 cup) = 67mg

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