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Sweet & sour sauce: (the sauce recipe below is for 1-2 persons. I suggest you double the recipe if you are cooking for more than yourself!
2 tsp cornstarch mixed with 2 tsp water
2 tsp coconut oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
1/2 tsp chili pepper flakes
1/3 Cup rice vinegar
1/2 Cup water
1/2 Cup agave nectar or maple syrup
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 jar of Seitan
5 Cups vegetable oil (for frying) or enough oil to cover the tofu or seitan pieces
1 Cup white organic unbleached flour
1 tbsp cornstarch
11/2 Cups cold soda water
How to make the sweet & sour sauce:
Combine 2 tsp of water with 2 tsp of corn flour, mix and set aside. To a saucepan place the chili flakes, freshly grated ginger, grated garlic and 3 tbsp coconut oil and fry for a minute. Then go ahead and add all the other sauce ingredients except for the cornflour/water mixture. Once you’ve placed the rest of the sauce ingredients into the saucepan bring to a boil whisking all the while. Once it’s boiling, add in the cornflour/water mixture and whisk for 10 minutes. You’ll see that the liquid will boil down by half and it will get thick. After 10 minutes of whisking you can turn off the heat and begin preparing the seitan batter.
How to make the Seitan batter:
Place the seitan into a bowl lined with paper towel so that it will absorb the excess liquid. Set that aside. To a separate bowl add in the white flour and cornstarch and mix. Set that aside. Before you add in the last ingredient for your batter mixture we are going to make sure that the oil for frying is prepared and hot enough. So place the sunflower oil into a pot. There should be enough oil in the pot that will cover the tofu or Seitan completely. Heat the oil to 350F, or just until if you drop a piece of seitan in the oil it should immediately be boiling like crazy. Once the oil is heated return to your seitan batter bowl mixture and finally add in the last ingredient which is 1 1/2 cups of soda water. Mix well and cover the seitan pieces with this pancake like mixture. Once that is done you are now ready to drop in the seitan pieces in to the hot oil for frying. They should fry for about 21/22 minutes. Once removed place them on a plate lined with paper towel. Pour the sweet and sour mixture all over it and mix well covering every piece of seitan. Top with sesame seeds, and done!! Serve with basmati rice and any vegetables you like of course.