Vegetarian Sweet and Sour Ribs

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1 Chinese fried donut/cruller ( you-tiao)
60gr taro ( net wt )
50gr carrot slices
50gr green pepper pieces
50 gr canned sliced pineapple, cut into pieces

(A) 1 Cup flour
1/3 Cup water
1 Tbs oil
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg

(B) 1 Cup water
2 Tbs ketchup
2 tsp each: sugar, rice vinegar
1/4 tsp salt

(C) 1 Tbs water
1/2 tsp cornstarch

6 Cup for frying


Step 1
Mix (A) into a smooth batter.

Step 2
Separate the 2 halves of the Chinese fried cruller ( you tiao ) lengthwise, then cut each half into 5 cm pieces. Cut the taro into 5x0.5 cm strips. Stuff inside the pieces of fried cruller.
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Step 3
Heat the oil about 20F (121C). Dip teh stuffed crullers into the batter and deep-fry until golden. Remove from thet oil and drain. These are the vegetarian "ribs".

Step 4
Pour off all but a small amount of oil from the wok, then stir-fry the carrot slices, green pepper pieces, and pineapple pieces briefly. Add (B) and bring to a boil. Thicken with (C) , mix in the vegetarian ribs until well coated, and serve.


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