Agre dulce

Filipino lumpia with an agre dulce dipping sauce

Agre dulce, also known as Filipino sweet and sour sauce, is a Filipino sweet and sour condiment. It is made by mixing cornstarch with water, salt, sugar, and a tangy ingredient; typically tomato ketchup, banana ketchup, or pineapples. The mixture is brought to a boil then simmered until it thickens. Labuyo chilis and other spices may also be added.[1][2][3]

The name means "sour-sweet" in Philippine Spanish, from Spanish agrio ("sour") and dulce ("sweet"). It is also known as agri dulci in Chavacano and can refer to dishes cooked with the sauce.[4] Agre dulce is commonly used as a dipping sauce for appetizers like lumpia or okoy.[3]

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  1. ^ Alejandro, Reynaldo G. (1985). The Philippine Cookbook. Penguin. p. 202. ISBN 9780399511448.
  2. ^ "Sweet and Sour Sauce (Agre Dulce)". Kusina ni Manding. 2015-05-16. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b Alejandro, Reynaldo G. (2015). Food of the Philippines. Tuttle Publishing. ISBN 9781462905454.
  4. ^ "Agre Dulce". Lutong Cavite. 2010-03-14. Retrieved 9 July 2019.

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