Sweet 'n Sour Corned Beef | Meatland

2 1/2 kg corned beef, defrosted
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup brown sugar (see notes)
1/3 cup ketchup
1/3 cup soya sauce
2 1/4 cups water
3 tablespoons ginger (fresh or ground)
Coarse black pepper
Teaspoon hot chilli flakes (optional)
1 tablespoon cornflour

1: Place beef with package juices in a deep pot of water to cover - add 1/4 cup vinegar, a few bay leaves and peppercorns for added flavor - and simmer one hour per kg till tender.
2: Allow to cool in the water and slice when completely cold.
3: Prepare sauce by mixing vinegar, sugar, ginger, soya sauce, pepper, chilli if using, water and ketchup together and simmer for 15 minutes.
4: Add the cornflour mixed with a little water and continue simmering till thickened and syrupy.
5: Place sliced meat in a baking pan, pour over sauce, and keep warm till ready to serve. Delicious served with roast carrots and potatoes.

COOK'S NOTES: While the sauce may taste sweet on its own, it's simply delicious with the salty beef, and guarantees a sweet New Year. Recipe makes a lot of sauce which can be used too as a glaze when cooking chicken, or it can be used with stir-fried vegetables, or poured over carrots before roasting. Use as much or as little as you like depending on your family's palate. Versatile and most appropriate holiday fare.