Sweet and Sour Pork – A Classic Chinese-American Dish

Sweet and Sour Pork is a classic Chinese-American dish that has been popular in the United States for decades. It is made with tender chunks of pork, crispy vegetables, and a sweet and tangy sauce. The dish is typically served over rice and is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.

Here is a simple and easy-to-follow recipe for making your own Sweet and Sour Pork at home:

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. Add the beaten egg and water to the bowl and whisk until a smooth batter forms.
  2. Dip the pork pieces into the batter, making sure they are evenly coated.
  3. Heat a large wok or deep frying pan over high heat. Add enough oil to the pan to cover the pork pieces. When the oil is hot, carefully add the pork and fry until golden brown and crispy, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the pork from the pan and set it aside.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, cornstarch, and water.
  5. Heat the wok or pan over medium heat. Add the sliced peppers and onions and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  6. Add the sweet and sour sauce to the pan and stir until it thickens, about 1-2 minutes.
  7. Return the cooked pork to the pan and stir until it is coated in the sweet and sour sauce.
  8. Serve hot over rice.

Enjoy your homemade Sweet and Sour Pork as a delicious and authentic Chinese-American meal. It is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner, and the leftovers can be reheated for a tasty lunch option. You can also customize the dish to your liking by adding your favorite vegetables, such as pineapple or carrots.