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A Pictorial Recipe – Homemade Sweet & Sour Pork

Sweet & Sour Pork

Everyone loves Sweet & Sour Pork and you can just ask for this by its name in any Chinese restaurant all over the world. However, there are many variations of this dish in terms of presentation and colour, but basically, it is the unique combination of sweetness and sourness that makes this dish a hit!

I have written another recipe on Sweet & Sour Pork earlier here.

But this version below is a simple and traditional style that I usually cook at home. πŸ˜‰

Ingredients & Method :-

Pieces of pork belly marinating

500gm of pork belly, cut into bite-sizes. Marinate with 1 egg, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp of sesame oil, a good shake of pepper, and 3 tbsps of cornstarch. Set aside for a hour, longer is better.

Meanwhile, cut up some vegetables into similar sized chunks – cucumber, large onion, tomatoes, sweet bell pepper. Have some chopped garlic ready, too.

For the sauce, mix together – 1/2 cup tomato ketchup, 3 tbsps white vinegar, 2 tbsps brown sugar, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1/4 cup water and 1 tbsp cornstarch. The ingredients can be adjusted according to your taste.

Some chopped coriander leaves and julienned green onion for garnishing and aroma.

Start cooking by deep frying the pork pieces in hot oil by batches until they are cooked and golden brown like this ===>

Set aside the fried pork belly.

In a heated wok with 2 tbsp of oil, fry chopped garlic until it is golden in colour, Add in the large onions and stirfry for 2 minutes. Tip in the rest of the vegetables and after a minute of stirfrying ….

.... pour in the sauce and keep stirring until ….

… it comes to a boil. Immediately, check the sauce and adjust it accordingly to your taste. Put in the fried pork pieces, stir thoroughly to mix the sauce and the pork and turn off the fire. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and green onions and serve immediately with hot steam rice.

Voila! Your Sweet & Sour Pork is served! Bon Appetit! πŸ˜€

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    sweetrosie said,

    What a wonderful pictorial recipe dear choesf – your sweet & sour pork looks delicious πŸ™‚

    I have been so busy, no time to blog! but I love coming over here for a break with you πŸ˜‰ This weekend I was writing an essay that included a lot of detail about Peranakan cuisine and culture. Have you got any favourite Nyonya foods choesf? I’d love to hear what your thoughts are.

    Have a lovely week

    Love and hugs πŸ™‚

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    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Thank you for your lovely comments, dear sweetrosie! It’s good to see you back here! πŸ˜†

    Wow, your uni essays are all so interesting. Peranakan or Nyonya is a very unique and really yummy type of cuisine but unfortunately, I am not very good at cooking it. I would need someone of Nyonya descent to teach me. 😳

    Have a lovely week ahead, too!

    With happy thoughts,

    choesf πŸ˜€

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    sweetrosie said,

    Thank you dear choesf πŸ™‚ I am off work sick with a sinus infection today 😦 I’ve had a crashing headache and hot cheeks for about 3 days now – poor me…

    I’ve used the opportunity to do a bit of decluttering which has helped me feel better. I just don’t know where to put all my books. That feels like a big project on its own. It might be time for another DIY project for monty πŸ˜‰

    I’m going to further research Nyonya cuisine, I’m thinking of using it as the subject of my “big” essay in June. When I become an expert I’ll come over and teach you everything I know πŸ˜‰

    big hug for you dear choesf xx

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    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Oh, you poor dear, it is awful having a sinus infection and I really hate those headaches that the sinus can bring on. I have been having sinusitis for a long time until my doctor recommended a nasal spray called “Rhinocort” and after using that daily for 2 months, my sinus was gone for 2 years already….but now, with the haze and the really hot weather, and I’m back on Rhinocort! πŸ™„ I just need to use the spray at night when I am getting ready to sleep and I’m okay the next day.

    Hehe, at least you got to use that as an excuse to declutter! Decluttering always gets those fresh, new chi/energy going and we often feel better and lighter.

    Yes, I’ll be looking forward to some Nyonya recipes at your blog! πŸ˜‰ After I had posted here yesterday, I remember a recipe called “Achar Awak” which I have and it is a type of pickled, spicy vegetables…and some people considered that as a Nyonya recipe…but I have to go dig around for more information on that. πŸ˜†

    I sincerely hope you will get well soon!

    Many big comforting hugs for you, my dear sweetrosie,

    choesf πŸ˜€

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