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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Sweet and Sour Pork

Craving for some sweet and sour dishes? It may be tedious but definitely worth it. 
This recipe makes about 3-4 servings

    225 grams pork tenderloin (cut into bite size pieces)
    1/2 green bell pepper (about 2 oz. and cut into pieces)
    1/2 red bell pepper (about 2 oz. and cut into pieces)
    2 stalks scallions (only the white part, cut into 2 inch length)
    1 piece fresh/canned pineapple ring (cut into small pieces)
    1 clove garlic (finely chopped)
    Oil for frying
    1 teaspoon soy sauce
    1/2 teaspoon corn flour
    1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar
    1/2 cup water
    1/4 all-purpose flour
    1/8 corn starch
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 egg
    1 teaspoon cooking oil
    1 small pinch of salt
Sweet and Sour Sauce:
    1 1/2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
    1 teaspoon plum sauce
    1/8 teaspoon Chinese rice vinegar (transparent in color)
    1/2 teaspoon Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
    1 teaspoon oyster sauce
    1 teaspoon corn starch
    1 teaspoon sugar
    2 tablespoons water
  1. Cut the pork tenderloin into pieces and marinate with the ingredients for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Mix the sweet and sour sauce ingredients well and set aside.
  3. Strain the dry ingredients of the frying batter and then add in the egg, water, and cooking oil to form a thick batter.
  4. When the pork is well-marinated, transfer the pork pieces into the batter and make sure they are well coated. In a deep skillet, add in the cooking oil enough for deep-frying. Once the oil is hot, deep fry the pork pieces until they turn golden brown. Dish out and drain on paper towels.
  5. Heat up a wok and add in some cooking oil. Add in the chopped garlic and stir fry until light brown, then follow by the bell peppers and pineapple pieces. Stir fry until you smell the peppery aroma from the peppers and then add in the sweet and sour sauce. As soon as the sauce thickens, transfer the pork into the wok and stir well with the sauce. Add in the chopped scallions, do a few quick stirs, dish out and serve hot with steamed white rice.
  • If you are running out of time, use Woh Hup Sweet and Sour Sauce instead. I used about half a bottle for this dish.
  • You can substitute pork with chicken or fish. I used pork fillet so as to give it a soft and tender texture, almost like fish. Alternatively, you may tenderise the pork first. 
  • To achieve crispy pork batter, place them on wire racks and let the oil drip down. Alternatively, place it in the oven until ready to serve, then mix it with the sauce. Do not stack like the picture below as it will cause the batter to fall flat. 
Recipe adapted from RASAMalaysia Did not make any changes as it was too good! :) 



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