Kenji Lopez-Alt shows how to make a delicious sweet and sour chicken, which is a classic wok recipe. The key to this dish is to velvet the chicken first, which helps to keep the meat tender and juicy.
Velveting is a Chinese cooking technique that involves marinating the chicken in a mixture of cornstarch, baking soda, sugar, salt, and egg white. This helps to break down the proteins in the chicken, making it more tender and easier to cook.
After the chicken is velveted, it is cooked in a carbon steel wok with vegetables and a sweet and sour sauce. The sauce is made with pineapple juice, ketchup, vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, and shaoxing wine.
The finished dish is a sweet and sour chicken that is both tender and flavorful. It is a great dish to serve with rice or noodles.