Sweet and Sour Pork

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Vicki Butts (lazyme)

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@lazyme5909

Years ago, I took several Chinese cooking classes. This was one of the recipes I got from the class and it was a family favorite. You can choose a light batter or a heavier batter. I prefer the light batter on shrimp, but the heavier batter on the pork. You can also add/subtract any veggies that you would like.

Tip: Test the oil by dipping a chopstick into it. If it bubbles around the chopstick, the temperature is right for cooking.

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
Serves:
2
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
15 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb
    pork tenderloin, or 2 lean pork chops, cut into small cubes
  • 2 Tbsp
    sherry
  • 1 tsp
    salt
  • COATING #1: (LIGHT COATING)

  • 1
    egg, beaten
  • ·
    flour
  • COATING #2: (HEAVIER COATING)

  • 1
    egg, beaten
  • 1/2 c
    flour
  • 1/2 c
    water
  • 1/4 tsp
    salt
  • SAUCE:

  • 1 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp
    oil
  • 1 c
    vegetables (see the options below)
  • 1/2 c
    sugar or honey
  • 1/2 c
    white vinegar
  • 3/4 c
    chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp
    soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    cornstarch
  • 1/4 c
    water
  • ·
    oil, for deep frying
  • VEGETABLES: (EACH ARE OPTIONAL, PICK ANY OF INTEREST)

  • ·
    carrots, diced
  • ·
    onions, wedges
  • ·
    bamboo shoots
  • ·
    green bell pepper, diced
  • ·
    pineapple chunks
  • ·
    celery, diced
  • ·
    mushrooms, whole, or halved if larger

How to Make Sweet and Sour Pork

Step-by-Step

  1. Marinate pork in sherry and salt for 15 to 30 minutes. Remove pork from the marinade.
  2. If using coating #1:
    dip the pork in the egg, then the flour.
  3. If using coating #2:
    dip the pork into the batter.
  4. Deep-fry until golden brown; drain.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in wok.
  6. Brown garlic.
  7. Add vegetables and stir-fry 2-3 minutes (depending upon which vegetables you chose).
  8. Add honey (or sugar), vinegar, stock and soy sauce.
  9. Bring to a boil.
  10. Combine cornstarch with water; add to sauce, stirring until thickened.
  11. Add pork and cook just enough to heat through.
  12. Serves 2 as a main course, or up to 6 as a side dish.

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About Sweet and Sour Pork

Course/Dish: Pork
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Chinese



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