Sweet and Sour Pork

October 3, 2009 § Leave a comment

I got this recipe on the internet years ago, and it’s so awesome.

(From cookbook author Helen Chen)

1 pound lean pork (a pork loin works really well)
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 egg
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 cup oil, for frying
Sweet and Sour Sauce (recipe at bottom)
Cut the pork into 3/4 inch cubes, and toss with the pepper.
Stir the egg, soy sauce, and 3 tablespoons cornstarch together in a bowl. Add the pork and stir to coat well. Let stand for 10 minutes

Heat the oil in a wok, or saucepan to 350 degrees fareneheit. Gently add the pork a few pieces at a time into the hot oil, and cook unitl golden brown and crisp. You will have to move them around a bit with a fork, spoon, whatever, so they don’t try to stick to each other or the bottom of the pan. Remove from oil, and drain on paper towels. Keep warm in a low oven while you cook off the rest.

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When everything is cooked, transfer to a serving platter or bowl, and top with the sweet and sour sauce.

Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired, and serve.

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Sweet and Sour Sauce
I LOVE this sauce. it’s so easy to make, and better than anything you can get at your local chinese food buffet.
1/3 C. White or Cider vinegar
1/3 C. Sugar
1/3 C. Water
2-1/2 T. Ketchup
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 T. + 2tsp. cornstarch, dissolved in 3 T. water

Combine the vinegar, sugar, water, ketchup and salt in a small saucepan.
Stir together to dissolve sugar.

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Bring mixture to a boil, and stir in the cornstarch mixed with water.

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Continue stirring until the sauce begins to thicken and turns transluscent.

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