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Old 10-14-2011, 11:31 AM   #1
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Sweet and Sour Sauce

I'm trying to follow one of the many Sweet and Sour Sauce recipes I have found online :

3 tablespoons Sugar
3 tablespoons Rice Vinegar
1 tablespoon Ketchup
dash of soy sauce
1 tablespoon Corn Starch
50ml water

Unfortunately I can't find Corn Starch in any of my local shops ( UK - Tesco, Sainsburys, Morrisons etc ), the closest they have is Corn Flour. However, when I add this, the sauce loses all its taste. Prior to adding it, it tastes great, but obviously way too thin.

My questions are :

Should Corn Flour affect the taste?
Will Corn Starch affect the taste?
And is it worth me ordering Corn Starch from somewhere online?


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Old 10-14-2011, 12:20 PM   #2
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I am not sure what product they are selling as "corn flour", but before I ordered cornstarch, I would look around for arrowroot as a substitute.

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Old 10-14-2011, 12:26 PM   #3
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What we call corn starch in the USA is called corn flour in the UK. same product, different name. Two countries separated by a common language!

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