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Sweet and Sour Pork

Posted: February 26

Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Yield: 5 servings

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Sweet and Sour Pork isn’t just a Chinese food takeout favorite; it can also be a home-cooked comfort food that will amaze your taste buds and your dinner guests! Crispy fried pork and crunchy capsicum are slathered in a sweet, tangy, and deeply savory sauce that will leave lips smacking and smiles brightening. Sweet and Sour Pork takes a little patience to master, but the end result is the juiciest and most flavorful pork you could hope to enjoy. Try getting that from takeout!


For the pork and marinade:
1/2 onion, finely grated
1 teaspoon garlic, finely grated
1 teaspoon ginger, finely grated
3/8 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cornflour or cornstarch
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
14 ounces pork, cubed
For the sweet and sour sauce:
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons pineapple juice
3 tablespoons ketchup
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon oyster sauce
4 teaspoons cornflour or cornstarch
1/2 cup water
For frying:
5 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup cornflour or cornstarch
2-3 cups vegetable or canola oil, plus more as needed
For stir-frying:
1 tablespoon oil, neutral flavored
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 teaspoons ginger, finely chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 red capsicum or large bell pepper, chopped
1/2 green capsicum or large bell pepper, chopped
1 cup pineapple pieces


Step 1

In a large resealable bag, add the grated 1/2 onion, the 1 teaspoon of the garlic, 1 teaspoon of the ginger, 3/8 teaspoon of the baking soda, 2 teaspoons of the cornflour, and the 2 tablespoons of the light soy sauce. Massage to mix.

Step 2

Add the pork to the marinade and massage so that every piece is thoroughly coated.

Step 3

Refrigerate the pork and marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours

Step 4

Preheat the oven to 175 degrees F.

Step 5

Put a roasting rack on a baking tray.

Step 6

Pour the white sugar, apple cider vinegar, pineapple juice, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and the 4 teaspoons of the cornflour into a small bowl, combining until it is mixed.

Step 7

Add in the water.

Step 8

Add the 5 tablespoons of the cornflour into the bag, shaking the bag to combine and letting it absorb for about 5 minutes. The cornflour should become sticky.

Step 9

Spread out the remaining 1/2 cup of cornflour in a bowl.

Step 10

Add the pork and toss to coat, shaking off any excess cornflour.

Step 11

Transfer the pork to a plate. Save the cornflour in case you have to dust the pork again before frying.

Step 12

Pour the vegetable oil in a large-sized pan or pot so that it is about 1-inch deep.

Step 13

Heat it up to 350 degrees F.

Step 14

Fry the pork in batches, making sure not to crowd the pot with too many pieces, until golden, about 3 minutes. Transfer the pork to the prepared rack.

Step 15

Raise the stovetop heat and heat the oil to 390 degrees F.

Step 16

Starting with the coolest pork, add in half of the pork and fry it until the pork is a deep golden brown and the outside is crispy for about 1 minute 30 seconds.

Step 17

Return the fried pork to the prepared rack.

Step 18

Repeat the process with the remaining pork, keeping the fried pieces warm in the oven.

Step 19

Heat up the 1 tablespoon of the neutral oil in a very large skillet or pan on high heat.

Step 20

Mix in the garlic, ginger, and the chopped onion, stirring it for about 1 minute 30 seconds.

Step 21

Mix in the red and green capsicum and stir it for about 2 minutes.

Step 22

Mix in the prepared sauce & pineapple, allowing the mixture to come up to a rapid simmer.

Step 23

Let it simmer until it thickens, about 3 minutes. When you drag the spoon across the base of the skillet, a path should briefly appear.

Step 24

Add in the pork, quickly tossing it to coat, around 20 seconds.

Step 25

Pour the pork onto a serving plate, and serve immediately.

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