Sweet & Sour Pork

Without fail, sweet and sour pork would be ordered when my friends and I eat out at a Chinese restaurant. Its something about it that is completely addictive and satisfying. Often enough though, it is a goo of florescent orange and you can’t really see which is pork and which is veg. When you do find a  piece of pork, you are then wondering if you are eating pork or pork substitute or just plain old batter. Still, we order it!

For Seewoo, I have decided to recreate this favourite in the kitchen, with fresh vegetables and pork belly and pork ribs. (You can use chicken instead). I am not sure how it is done in a typical Chinese kitchen but this is how I did it.

Ingredients
300g pork belly/ pork ribs
Fried powder/ tempura batter to coat pork

2 Cloves Garlic – thinly sliced
1 Red Onion – Cut into chunks
1/2 Red Pepper
1/2 Yellow Pepper
1/2 Green Pepper
4 Stems Asparagus
1/4 Fresh Pineapple
2 Tomatoes
1 tbs Oyster Sauce
1 tbs Light Soy Sauce
Pinch Of Salt & Sugar for seasoning
Pinch Of Pork Flavouring/ Seasoning From Knorr
Seasame Oil
Lemon Juice

Garnish
Coriander/ Spring Onion
Chilli


For the sauce
1 tbs Tapioca Starch
1.5 tsp Sugar
1.5 tsp Vinegar
3 tbs Water
1 tbs Light Soy Sauce

Method
Cut the pork into bite sized pieces and poach in salted water for 10-15 mins or until cooked. Drain. Set aside. Once the meat has cooled down, coat the meat in the tempura batter and shallow fry until golden brown.

Mix the sauce ingredients together.
 
Chop all the vegetables into bite sized chunks and fry in a hot wok or frying pan with garlic, adding oyster sauce, light soy sauce and season with some extra salt, sugar and pork seasoning. If you don’t eat pork, you can use vegetable seasoning or chicken seasoning.

You do not want the vegetables to be over cooked, they should be crunchy. Once you have finished seasoning, add the pork to the stir fry, some seasame oil and pour in the sauce mixture. Continue to stir fry evenly, taste the food and add more soy if it needs more salt, more sweet if its too salty and more sour if too sweet – use juice of lemon. If the sauce is too thick, add more water, if it is not thick enough, add more tapioca starch.

Garnish with spring onions and/ or coriander. Serve with steamed rice.

 
Incidently, a lot of people on Twitter said they use ketchup with this recipe, I tried it, but preferred the subtle taste of this dish and enjoying the taste of each and every vegetable when I bit into it without the same ketchup taste all over, hence, why I decided to put fresh tomatoes in this recipe instead.
Other Chinese recipes to enjoy:
Fresh Egg Noodles With Kai Lan
Baked Seabass With Soy, Ginger & Spring Onions 
Seared Tuna Steak With Dark Soy, Ginger & Shallots
  • Interesting take on this dish; when I get the craving for sweet n’ sour I usually use a leaner cut to then be either velveted (if I’m feeling healthy) or to batter and deep fry without having to pre-cook. I love pineapple in sweet & sour dishes!

  • Ribs are a good cut to use. A bit of ginger in the sauce (take it out before serving) also works a treat. And if you want to be proper posh, serve it a fried rice noodle nest.

  • nice dish .. i also like sweet and sour fish .. thanks for the ingredients ..

  • Hi,
    Delicious recipe, love that tempura batter is used to coat the pork.
    Heavenly!