Easy Chinese Sweet & Sour Pork (or Fish or Chicken)

Good Morning, dear friends πŸ˜€

This dish is a great favourite among many and in my family because of the sweet and sour taste that whets one’s appetite. We will have extra helpings of rice whenever we savour this delicious, yummy dish. πŸ˜‰ There are sweet and sour pork (picture above) or chicken or fish, but the cooking method and the sauce are the same. Just change the meat. My friend’s Swedish boyfriend must have Sweet & Sour Pork almost on a daily basis whenever he is in KL! πŸ˜†

Sweet & Sour Fish (or Pork or Chicken)

Ingredients :

* 500g whole Garoupa fish or Sea Bass – season lightly with salt and pepper; dust lightly with tapioca flour or corn starch. Set aside.
( Note – if using pork of chicken, 500g of meat to be cubed and marinated with 1 small egg, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 pepper and 3 tbsps corn starch. Set aside for at least 1 hour, but it tastes better the longer you marinate it. Set aside)

Ingredients (A):

* 50g green capsicum, cut into cubes

* 1 red chilli, seeded and cut into cubes

* 1 tomato, cubed

* Some canned pineapple cubes

* 1 large onion – cut into cubes

* 1 cup cubed deseeded cucumber

Sauce ingredients:

* 2 cloves garlic, chopped

* 4 tbsp tomato sauce

* 2 tbsps white vinegar

* 2 tbsps soy sauce

* 1/2 cup pineapple syrup (from the can)

* 1 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, pepper

* 1/2 cup water

* Cornstarch & water for thickening sauce


* Spring onion/Green onion

* Chilli strips

* Coriander leaves

Method :

1) Deep fry meat in hot oil. Dish out, drain well and set aside in a serving dish.

2) Heat wok with oil, saute chopped garlic and cubed big onions for 2 minutes.

3) Add in sauce ingredients (except cornstarch) and bring to a boil.

4) Add in the rest of the ingredients A and simmer for 2 minutes. Thicken gravy with cornstarch.

5) Pour sauce over meat and garnish before serving.

There you have it – your very own home-cooked delicious Sweet & Sour Fish or Pork or Chicken. Serve this with steaming hot rice, and your favourite vegetable dish….. maybe even a soup. Oh, you can add more or less vinegar or tomato sauce dependind on your taste preference. And if you prefer boneless fish,, you can used cubed fish fillet. πŸ˜‰

Later I will post some nutritional soups recipes here. πŸ˜€

Hearty Appetites to all,

choesf πŸ˜€


19 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Eszter said,

    Dear Bolger!

    Thank you very much for publishing this recipe.
    I will definitely try it tonight.


    Eszter from Hungary


  2. 2

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    You are very welcome, dear Eszter πŸ˜€ Hope your recipe turns out well and delicious!

    Have a relaxing weekend!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf πŸ˜€


  3. 3

    brokenbudgie said,

    Hi – looking through your recipe, is there a reason why the batter for the fish is different i.e. it does not contain egg?


    • 4

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear broken budgie πŸ˜€

      Hmmm…good question you have there. πŸ˜†

      Traditionally, for these Chinese recipes, only flour (either corn flour, tapioca flour or all purpose flour) is dusted onto whole fish before we fry it. I guess this is to make it more crispy.

      With peace and joy,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  4. 5

    brokenbudgie said,

    Hi there – just wanted to let you know that I made Sweet & Sour Fish tonight for dinner, following your recipe.

    I changed the cucumber to a cup of mixed veg/peas, and I didn’t add the 1/2 cup pineapple syrup from the can. Plus I added the egg to the batter. It still turned out great! Thanks!


    • 6

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear brokenbudgie πŸ˜€

      Thank you for your feedback on this recipe. I’m glad your Sweet & Sour Fish turned out yummy. I, too, usually omit the pineapple juice when using fish instead of pork for this sweet and sour fish. Also, you can try substituting the tomato ketchup with bottle plum sauce (another variation which I have on this blog, too).

      Happy Valentine’s Day!

      With peace and harmony,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  5. 7

    Nic said,

    I’m so pleased that I’ve found another easy recipe of yours! Just in luck as I bought a bag of sea bass & bream. Hopefully Josiah might give it a try. He loves your chic with spices & the stew (i replaced kayu manis with star anise) Btw, do you ha more fish recipes? πŸ˜› Thanks πŸ™‚


  6. 8

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there, dear Nic πŸ˜€

    My family loves whole fish that is pan-fried to golden brown and served with the few teaspoons of the leftover panfried oil and a good splash quality (not salty) soy sauce over the fish. Try my Fried Fish RECIPE HERE. You can use fish steaks, whole fish or fish fillets.

    Children like to have food with tomato ketchup in it because of the vibrant colour and tangy taste…so I think Josiah will like this Sweet & Sour Fish. Here’s another similar fish dish –

    Really Easy Fried Kurau Fish in Plum Sauce

    Here is a typical Chinese Steamed Fish Recipe that my family loves, too.

    …and I hope your family will love them, too! πŸ˜€

    Happy Cooking!

    choesf πŸ˜€


  7. 9

    hadeezah said,

    Hi,I tried ur sweet n sour fish n it turned out really good,thanks a lot.please there is this Chinese food I like very much I don’t know the name ,but it is shredded chicken with green pepper served with rice,pls help me with the recipe.and pls is tomato. Sauce. Used in this recipe the same as ketchup? I couldn’t find it so I substituted it with. Tomato paste e mixed With water


    • 10

      Hi there, dear hadeezah πŸ˜€

      Thank you for trying out this recipe. I’m glad it turned out well for you and you liked it. πŸ˜‰

      I’m sorry, I’m not familiar with the shredded chicken with green pepper recipe 😳 . The tomato sauce used here is the same as ketchup. But tomato paste can be used, too…just add a little more sugar to balance the sourness of the tomato paste. πŸ˜‰

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  8. 11

    Phoeb said,

    Hi, do u think it’s ok to omit the vinegar? Or use black vinegar instead?


    • 12

      Hi there, dear Phoeb πŸ˜€

      If you like, you can omit the vinegar. The vinegar is just to give the sauce a more tangy taste. πŸ˜‰

      When I first cooked this dish, I didn’t use any vinegar at all, just the tomato ketchup. Later on, one of my maids taught me to use Chinese rice vinegar for better taste and aroma. I have not tried black vinegar at all 😳 but I would think it may not be suitable for this dish.

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  9. 15

    Chew said,

    Just wanna try out this recipe, hope u dont mind, tq


    • 16

      Hi there, dear Chew πŸ˜€

      I will be most happy if you try out this recipe. Hope you like it. You can adjust the seasonings like the sourness and sweetness to your preference – add more, etc. πŸ˜‰

      Do have a lovely weekend ahead!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  10. 17

    Marilou said,

    Thank you my employer really like it….


  11. 18

    Marilou said,

    Thank you,.my employer really like it,..
    God bless…


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