Candy and Bitter Pork

Crispy coated pork smothered in a tangy candy and bitter sauce and served up with pineapple, crunchy onions and peppers.
Candy and bitter pork is a takeaway traditional you may simply make at house!

Close up of sweet and sour pork in a wok with peppers, onion and pineapple

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This candy and bitter pork stir fry is similar to my candy and bitter hen (why change one thing that works!), it is actually solely that we’re utilizing pork as a substitute.

We’re after all going Hong Kong model – which implies the pork is chopped into bite-sized items, dredged in a flavourful coating then fried to crisp perfection, earlier than being coated in that candy and bitter sauce.

Pork is somewhat bit more durable than hen, so should you nonetheless need that juicy, tender texture, it is price contemplating if you wish to tenderize the pork beforehand.

To tenderize or to not tenderize?

Pork is more durable than hen – reality.

I do not thoughts the marginally chewier texture of pork, however in order for you it extra tender, you may tenderize the pork beforehand.

To do that you may:

  • Use a meat tenderizer (seems like a mallet with sharp factors). Place pork steaks on a board and whack them a couple of instances. This helps to interrupt down the muscle fibres, making for extra tender meat. As soon as tenderized, slice or chop the meat prepared for coating.
  • Sprinkle 1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda evenly over 500g (1.1lb) of sliced/chopped pork. Rub it in together with your arms and go away for quarter-hour.Rinse the pork in a colander and pat dry completely with kitchen paper. Now it is prepared for coating.

📋 What do we’d like?

Ingredients for sweet and sour pork on a wooden table
  • Pork – Pork tends to be extra chewy than hen when it is fried shortly, so it is best to go for an excellent high quality minimize that’s fairly tender and never too fatty. When you dislike any chewiness, then you may tenderize the pork beforehand (see notes above).
    • I like to make use of pork shoulder steaks from the butchers. 
    • Pork loin or fillet are additionally nice, however they’ve much less fats and so they could be a little bit drier.
  • Ketchup – sure we’re utilizing ketchup and a good quantity of it. It is not normally an ingredient I might use numerous, nevertheless it works rather well for the seasoned tangy-sweet flavour.
  • Tinned pineapple IN JUICE – sure you need to use contemporary should you desire – nonetheless I like utilizing the tinned pineapple because it’s prepared chopped, and it is available in juice (the juice can also be added to the sauce). When you use contemporary pineapple, you will need to get some pineapple juice too, so as to add in to the sauce.

🔪 Methods to make this candy and bitter pork recipe

***Full recipe with detailed steps within the recipe card on the finish of this put up***

  • Dredge the pork in cornflour, then coat in frivolously whisked egg, then dredge in a combination of flour, salt, pepper, garlic salt and paprika.
  • Fry the pork till crisp and cooked by means of, then put to 1 facet.
4 image collage showing how to make crispy pork for sweet and sour pork
  • Fry the onions, peppers, garlic and ginger, then add within the sauce components (ketchup, vinegar, sugar and tinned pineapple – together with juice).
  • Carry to the boil and simmer for a few minutes, till thickened. Add the pork again in and toss collectively, then serve.
6 image collage showing how to make sweet and sour pork

👩‍🍳PRO TIP Do not let the crispy pork sit within the sauce for too lengthy earlier than serving – in any other case it would lose its crispness.

Serve with rice and prime with a couple of spring onions (scallions) should you like!

White oval bowl filled with sweet and sour pork. Rice and spring onions also on the table.

So what do you like? – Sweet and sour chicken, this pork model, or that simple sweet and sour turkey constructed from Xmas leftovers?

Overhead of sweet and sour pork in a wok on a blue surface

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sweet and sour pork with peppers in a wok

Candy and Bitter Pork Recipe

Crispy coated pork smothered in a tangy candy and bitter sauce and served up with pineapple, crunchy onions and peppers. A takeaway traditional!

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook dinner Time 20 minutes

Complete Time 30 minutes

Course Dinner

Delicacies Chinese language

Servings 4 individuals

Energy 680 kcal

INSTRUCTIONS 

  • Warmth the 5tbsp of oil in a wok or giant frying pan till highly regarded.

  • While the oil is heating, add the 3tbsp of cornflour (cornstarch) right into a shallow bowl. Add the two eggs to a second bowl and frivolously whisk them.

  • To a 3rd bowl, add the 90g (¾ cup) of flour, the ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper, ½ tsp garlic salt and the two tsp paprika and blend collectively.

  • Dredge the pork within the cornflour, then dip within the egg (be sure that the entire pork is roofed in egg wash), and at last dredge it within the seasoned flour.

  • Working in a single or two batches (relying on the dimensions of your pan – there must be area in between each bit of pork), add the pork to the pan/wok and cook dinner on a excessive warmth for 6-7 minutes, turning two or 3 times throughout cooking, till effectively browned and cooked by means of. Take away from the pan and place in a bowl lined with kitchen towels.

  • Now begin in your sauce.

  • Add the 1 tbsp of oil to the pan (you need to use the identical pan you fried the pork in) and warmth it up on a medium-to-high warmth.

  • Add within the chopped onion and cook dinner for 3 minutes, stirring from time to time, till the onions begin to go translucent.

  • Add the chopped pink and inexperienced peppers and cook dinner for an additional minute.

  • Add within the 2 cloves of minced garlic and the tsp of minced ginger, and cook dinner for an additional minute.

  • Add the 150ml (½ cup + 2 tbsp) tomato ketchup, 2 tbsp vinegar, 6tbsp brown sugar, and the tinned pineapple (together with the juice) and stir.

  • Carry to the boil, after which flip down the warmth and let it bubble (stirring now and again till barely thickened.

  • Switch the cooked crispy pork to the pan with the sauce and toss to coat.

  • Serve with boiled or fried rice.

✎ Notes

Can I make it forward?
I do not suggest making this recipe forward, because the coating on the pork will lose the crispness.
When you wished to do some work prematurely, earlier within the day you could possibly:

  • Put together the three bowls for the pork coating (cowl all of them, and refrigerate the one with the eggs in).
  • Chop the pork (cowl and refrigerate)
  • Chop the greens (cowl)
  • Combine collectively the ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar and pineapple in a jug, – prepared for the sauce (you may’t add the garlic and ginger at this level, because it must be fried for a minute earlier than the remainder of the sauce components are added). Cowl the sauce.

Greatest minimize of pork to make use of for candy and bitter
Pork tends to be extra chewy than hen when it is fried shortly, so it is best to go for an excellent high quality minimize that’s fairly tender and never too fatty.

  • I like to make use of pork shoulder steaks from the butchers. 
  • Pork loin or fillet are additionally nice, however they’ve much less fats and so they could be a little bit drier.

I do not thoughts the marginally chewier texture of pork, however in order for you it extra tender, you may tenderize the pork beforehand.
To do that you may:
Tenderize the pork (non-obligatory)

  • Use a meat tenderizer (seems like a mallet with sharp factors). Place pork steaks on a board and whack them a couple of instances. This helps to interrupt down the muscle fibres, making for extra tender meat. As soon as tenderized, slice or chop the meat prepared for coating.
  • Sprinkle 1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda evenly over 500g (1.1lb) of sliced/chopped pork. Rub it in together with your arms and go away for quarter-hour.
    Rinse the pork in a colander and pat dry completely with kitchen paper. Now it is prepared for coating.

Dietary Data is per serving (this recipe serves 4) NOT together with rice.

Vitamin

Energy: 680kcalCarbohydrates: 74gProtein: 35gFats: 27gSaturated Fats: 19gLdl cholesterol: 164mgSodium: 1026mgPotassium: 996mgFiber: 4gSugar: 45gVitamin A: 1974IUVitamin C: 76mgCalcium: 75mgIron: 3mg

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