Sweet & Sour Slice Fish

Sweet & Sour Slice Fish, a beloved zi char favorite, enchants with its delightful blend of contrasting flavors and textures. This dish features tender slices of fish coated in a luscious sweet and tangy sauce, creating a symphony of taste that marries the sweet notes with the zesty sourness. The succulent fish absorbs the essence of the sauce, resulting in a harmonious and satisfying taste experience. Loved for its balanced flavors and the appealing interplay between the tender fish and the vibrant sauce, Sweet & Sour Slice Fish has solidified its reputation as a well-liked zi char classic. It offers a delectable and flavorful dining journey that continues to captivate diners seeking a dish that combines succulent seafood with the enticing allure of sweet and sour elements, making it a timeless and highly sought-after choice. 

Why Do People Love Sweet & Sour Slice Fish

People enjoy Sweet & Sour Slice Fish because of its delicious combination of flavours. The dish offers a perfect balance between sweetness and tanginess, which creates a delightful taste experience. The sweet and sour sauce enhances the natural flavours of the fish, making it more appetising and enjoyable.

Additionally, Sweet & Sour Slice Fish is popular because of its versatility. It can be paired with a variety of side dishes, such as steamed rice or vegetables, allowing people to customise their meals according to their preferences. The crispy texture of the fish adds an element of satisfaction to each bite, making it a favourite among seafood lovers. 

What You Need For Your Sweet & Sour Slice Fish:

Making Sweet & Sour Slice Fish yourself

If you’re making this dish yourself, here’s a recipe that you can try out. 


  • 500g white fish fillets (such as cod or haddock), thinly sliced 
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch 
  • Vegetable oil, for frying 
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips 
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into strips 
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced 
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks, drained 
  • 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup 
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar 
  • 2 tablespoons sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch, dissolved in 2 tablespoons water 
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4 

How To Cook Sweet & Sour Slice Fish 

Step 1

In a large bowl, season the fish slices with salt and pepper. Coat each slice in cornstarch, shaking off any excess.

Step 2

Heat vegetable oil in a deep pan or wok over medium-high heat. Fry the fish slices in batches until golden and crispy. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.

Step 3

In the same pan, remove excess oil, leaving approximately 1 tablespoon. Add the bell peppers and onion, and stir-fry for a couple of minutes until they begin to soften.

Step 4

In a separate bowl, whisk together tomato ketchup, white vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, and the dissolved cornstarch. Pour the sauce mixture into the pan and bring it to a simmer.

Step 5

Add the pineapple chunks and cook for another minute until the sauce thickens slightly.

Step 6

Gently add the fried fish slices to the pan, coating them evenly with the sauce. Cook for an additional minute to allow the flavours to meld together.

Step 7

Serve the Sweet & Sour Slice Fish hot with steamed rice or noodles, garnished with chopped spring onions, if desired. 

Serving Sweet & Sour Slice Fish with Other Dishes 

For a complete Chinese-inspired feast, pair your Sweet & Sour Slice Fish with fragrant Egg Fried Rice or Vegetable Chow Mein. The contrasting flavours and textures will create a delightful harmony on your plate. You can also serve it alongside crispy Spring Rolls or steamed Dumplings for a truly satisfying and diverse meal.

Nutritional/Health Benefits

  1. Lean Protein Source: Sliced fish offers a lean source of protein essential for muscle growth and overall body functions. 
  2. Balanced Sweet and Sour Flavor: The dish’s combination of sweet and sour flavors creates a balanced and appealing taste profile. 
  3. Vitamins and Minerals: Fish provides B vitamins (B6, B12) for energy metabolism, omega-3 fatty acids for heart health, and selenium for antioxidant defense. 
  4. Balanced Meal Component: When accompanied by a variety of nutrient-rich vegetables and perhaps whole grains, Sweet & Sour Slice Fish can contribute to a balanced meal. 
  5. Texture and Taste Harmony: The tender fish slices and the sweet and sour sauce create a delightful harmony of textures and flavors. 
  6. Vibrant and Colorful Presentation: The colorful vegetables and the vibrant sauce enhance the dish’s visual appeal. 
  7. Culinary Enjoyment: Sweet & Sour Slice Fish offers a pleasurable and satisfying dining experience. 
  8. Cultural and Culinary Appeal: The dish’s interplay of flavors resonates with those seeking a dish that combines succulent seafood with a dynamic taste profile. 
  9. Micronutrient Diversity: Depending on the recipe, the dish can offer a range of vitamins and minerals from various ingredients. 

Visit Lao Li Da Pai Dang for an authentic zi char experience

The above recipe is just one of the many ways to making this dish. 

If you’re looking to enjoy delicious Sweet & Sour Slice Fish without all the hassle and preparation time, while discovering a unique version that our customers can’t get enough of, then come on down to our restaurant for an enjoyous dine-in or takeaway, and experience it for yourself, only at Lao Li Da Pai Dang!

Whether you’re in the mood for this, or wish to explore other dishes, our extensive zi char menu promises to delight at every turn. At Lao Li Da Pai Dang, the warm and inviting ambience, coupled with attentive service, creates a family-friendly and inclusive atmosphere that only adds to the enjoyment whenever you visit and dine with us. 

Join us for a memorable meal, where affordability meets genuine culinary excellence, promising to satisfy your taste buds and leave you with cherished moments.

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