How to Make Sweet and Sour Pork

At the top of the list for Chinese pork recipes is sweet and sour pork. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)
At the top of the list for Chinese pork recipes is sweet and sour pork. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

At the top of the list for Chinese pork recipes is sweet and sour pork, the ubiquitous and arguably most well-known Chinese recipe worldwide, a classic Cantonese dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pork butt, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp white sugar
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 stalks celery, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 (8 ounce) can pineapple chunks, undrained
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup water
  • salt and white sugar to taste

Directions

  • Place cubed pork in a medium bowl and season with 1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp sugar, and 1 tsp soy sauce. Mix in the egg white and green onions. Cover and place in the refrigerator at least 1 hour.
  • Heat 1 quart oil to 365° F (185° C) in a large, heavy saucepan or deep fryer.
  • Coat the pork with 1/2 cup cornstarch, and fry in the heated oil about 10 minutes, until evenly browned. Drain on paper towels.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a wok over medium heat. Stir in the celery, green bell pepper, and onion, and cook until tender. Season with salt and sugar to taste. Remove from heat, and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, mix 1 cup water, 1/4 tsp salt, 3/4 cup sugar, apple cider vinegar, ketchup, and 1/2 tsp soy sauce.
  • Bring to a boil and stir in the cooked pork, celery mixture, and the pineapple chunks with juice.
  • Return to boil and mix in 2 tbsp cornstarch and 1/4 cup water to thicken. Cook until well blended.
Cook until well blended. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Cook until well blended. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

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