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Cooking: Batter for Sweet and Sour Chicken or Pork?

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andidandi
Arlington, VA

March 23, 2009
4:49 PM

Post #6308288

Does anyone have a good batter for this? Like you'd get in a restaurant. There are lots out there but I've been disappointed in what I've tried. I like the ones that have a decent amount of batter, which probably have some kind of leavening in the batter, but not so much that it overwhelms the chicken. Thanks.
grownut
Clarkson, KY

March 29, 2009
2:17 AM

Post #6333635

Wish I did. I believe baking powder is usual, but don't have any recipe...
found this which sounds about right----
batter:
1 c flour
4 T cornstarch
1 1/2 t baking powder
pinch salt
1 t oil
1 c water
To prepare the batter, mix the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Make a well in the center and add the oil and water. Mix until batter is smooth.
andidandi
Arlington, VA

March 29, 2009
3:56 PM

Post #6335471

Thanks.
allysgram
Sedalia, MO

April 3, 2009
12:19 AM

Post #6356767

I make a batter with 1/4 cup cornstarch and 1/2 cup flour, and 1 beaten egg white. salt and pepper to taste and add enough beer to make a batter, before hand marinate the pork or chicken in 2 tbs of cornstarch and aboute four tbls. of soy dip the pork or chicken in the batter and deep fry.

This message was edited Apr 2, 2009 7:22 PM
andidandi
Arlington, VA

April 3, 2009
4:14 PM

Post #6359377

Thanks allysgram! Hadn't thought of beer. I will give that a try.
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MsKatt
Mid-Michigan, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 1, 2009
7:36 AM

Post #6487503

If you are looking for the batter like Asian restaurants serve,it's called "tempura". My husband became hooked after being an exchange teacher in Japan.

This is the recipe I use:
25 -35 vegetable pieces
2 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups ice water
1 3/4 cups flour, sifted
In a large bowl place the egg yolks.
Add iced water gradually, stirring (preferably with hashi(chopsticks)) and blending well.
Add flour all at once, stir BRIEFLY; that is well enough to coat but leave the lumps and bumps!
To fry vegetables heat a large frying pan with a half-inch oil (or more if necessary) and heat on high.
Coat selected large vegetables in batter and fry for a minute or two on each side.

** You can use chicken, shrimp or pork instead of the vegetables, but I absolutely LOVE cauliflower done this way.**
twiggybuds
Moss Point, MS
(Zone 8b)

May 2, 2009
5:30 PM

Post #6493537

I do this too Mskatt except I use1 whole egg. The cauliflower is my favorite but zukes are a close second. I split them lengthwise, then into large chunks and deep fry.

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