Chicken Tangsuyuk (Korean Sweet n Sour Chicken)


•1.5 or 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
•2 tsp soy sauce
•1 medium size onion, cut into strips
•2 carrots, cut into thin pieces
•1 cup edamame
•bell peppers (optional)
•vegetable oil for frying
For the Batter:
•½ cup flour
•2 tbsp cornstarch
•½ cup cold water
•1 beaten egg
Sweet Sauce:
•1 cup of water
•2 tbsp corn starch (+ 2 tbsp water mixed together)
•2 tbsp soy sauce
•3 tbsp cider vinegar
•3 tbsp sugar
•1/4 cup pineapple juice (optional if available)


1.Cut the chicken into thin strips, about 1 or 2-inch pieces. Add soy sauce to the chicken for a short marination; mix well and set aside.
2.Cut the vegetables into large bite-sized pieces. Set aside until the sauce is ready and thickened.
3.Make batter by mixing the flour, cornstarch, water and beaten egg. Add more flour until a thick consistency is reached. Dip the marinated chicken strips into the batter.
4.Bring vegetable oil to medium high heat. Deep fry each of the strips for about 3, 4 min for each batch or until browned and cooked through. When finished, place on paper towel-lined dish to remove excess oil. Once the first round of frying is done, heat the oil and re-fry the batch for the 2nd time to make it really crispy (optional).
5.To make the sauce bring the following ingredients in a saucepan: one cup of water along 3 tbsp vinegar, 3 tbsp sugar, and 2 tbsp of soy sauce. Bring to a rapid boil and then add the mixture of cornstarch and water. Add desired vegetables and let simmer for about 5 minutes or until it thickens.
6.On a large plate, add the fried chicken strips, then pour over the sauce/vegetable mixture and serve while warm.


Tangsuyuk (sweet n sour pork) and jajangmyung (black bean paste noodles), two wildly popular fast-food dishes in Korea, are Chinese in origin but have a distinct and modified Korean taste to them. They have been around in Korea for a long time now so it's quite possible that current generations might think of them as uniquely Korean. Anyhow, (sorry to digress here) I still remember hearing those insanely quick and dangerous motorbike delivery guys that can be seen weaving in and out of traffic, delivering their meals in a matter of minutes. As a funny side note, I even got into a minor accident with one of these guys as he blindsided my Honda motorbike (yes, I had a motorbike in my heyday). Anyways, tangsuyuk is a great dish for those who love fried food and have a sweet tooth. This recipe can be substituted with beef or pork, with the latter being the norm served at most restaurants in Korea.

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Chicken Tangsuyuk (Sweet n Sour Chicken)




Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 6:01pm


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