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Recipe for General Tso’s Watermelon

8 ounces Texas watermelon, sliced
1 cup cornstarch

Batter:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp white vinegar
1/2 tsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup water to adjust thickness 

Sauce:
1 tbsp soybean oil
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup mushroom soy sauce
1/2 cup sherry or chardonnay
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp minced ginger
1 tsp hot sauce

Dust the sliced watermelon in the cornstarch before dipping into the batter. Deep fry the watermelon until golden brown. Set to the side to cool, then deep fry it again to crisp up. To make sauce, heat soybean oil in a hot wok, and add garlic, ginger and hot sauce. Stir for a couple of seconds. Bring 1 cup of the sauce to boil, add dissolved cornstarch to thicken. Put the golden watermelon in and coat with the sauce. Note: After you make the batter, let the batter rest for at least 20 minutes before frying. The end result will have a far better texture.

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About John DeMers

I've been a journalist and author forever. My favorite single word in the English language is "foodandwine." This spirit drives my 45 published books and my weekly radio show heard in Houston, Dallas and Austin.

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