Below is a combination of a couple of recipes that I found and decided to write down the final product. This sweet-sour sauce is great with pork, chicken, shrimp or even just stir-fried vegetables. It has a good enough flavor to eat it right out of the bowl like my mother-in-law used to do at the Chinese Restaurant (Ho Wa) in Waukegan!
1 cup pineapple juice (drained from a can of pineapple is fine)
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. rice vinegar
1 T. soy sauce
2 T. cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
1 large clove garlic crushed
1/2 tsp. ground ginger (or use fresh ginger, finely chopped)
Stir until cornstarch is incorporated, then heat on medium, stirring constantly until it boils and is thick and smooth. Add a few drops of red food coloring to make it more orange-red color.
Add chopped green pepper, chopped onion, pineapple chunks, and your favorite meat (already cooked and tender) to make a yummy sweet-sour dish. Serve over white rice.