Friday, September 21, 2012

Foodie Fridays {Linky} - Sweet & Sour Pork

Last weekend I feel like cooking dinner, I asked DinoPapa if he has any particular craving.  He said "I would like to have Sweet & Sour Pork."  My heart sank... and I thought "Why can't he want something that I've cooked before or something simpler?"  Ok ok I have high expectations of myself & my cooking.  I want my family to enjoy AND finish the food I cook.

So I googled for some recipe & also to get an idea how to cook.  

Here is the simple recipe.

* Some lean pork, preferably the shoulder part
* 1/2 red, green & yellow capsicum, cut them into cube
* 1 clove of garlic, chopped
* 1 cup of cornflour
* 1 cup of oil

* 2 tablespoon of light soy sauce
* 1 teaspoon of Shao Hsing Hua Diao Wine
* 1 large egg

* 6 tablespoon of tomato sauce
* 3 tablespoon of sugar
* 4 tablespoon water
* 1 teaspoon of white vinegar

1. Cut the lean meat into cubes and mix it with light soy sauce & Hua Diao wine, after that add in egg.  Mix well and keep in the refrigerator for about 15mins..
2. Mix all the sauce ingredients in a bowl & set aside.
3. Coat the marinated pork cubes well with cornstarch ensuring that the cornstarch covers all sides of the pork cubes.
4. Heat up the wok, add in the oil.  When the oil is hot deep fry the pork cubes for 5mins or until its crispy & golden brown.  Remove from the wok & place on paper towel to drain the oil.  Set aside.
5. Clean the wok, heat it up with about 1 teaspoon of oil, when the oil is hot stir fry the chopped garlic till fragrance then add in the capsicum.
6. Add in the fried pork cubes, stir fry for a while and add in the sauce.  Stir fry over high heat for about a min then serve.

- You can get pre packed meat labelled "sweet & sour pork" in the supermarket or you can tell the butcher you want to cook this dish, they should be able to give you the preferred part.
- You may want to marinate the pork in the morning then put them in the fridge only to take them out in the evening when its time to cook.  This will save you some preparation time in the evening.
- Initially I wanted to add pineapples but could not find small wedges of them.  I do not want to buy 1 whole pineapple and wrestle with skinning & cutting it.
- I forgot to add in 1 onion in my rush to prepare the ingredients.

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  1. looks so yummy! Now I have craving for it.

    1. COOK IT!
      I'm sure yours will be better then mine!

  2. Replies
    1. Me no meat lover but I like this dish too. Maybe its the sweet & sour sauce that makes one's love it.

  3. I love this appetizing dish! =D Especially with steamed white rice!

    1. haha~ can imagine you can have just this dish for your meal and nothing else. A healthy well balance dish considering it has meat & veggie in it.

  4. wow! comfort food!
    agreed it is exceptionally comforting with just steaming hot white rice.
    But I think sweet and sour pork ranks high in the hard-to-cook category so well done!

    1. Thanks for the compliment!

      I would think it takes more preparation time as compare to difficult in cooking. The marinating & deep frying it really is time consuming.

  5. I was just pondering one of the most common mummy-problems: what to cook for dinner??? then I stumbled across this post via Adeline's Accidental-Mom-Blog. And upon checking my fridge, I have all the ingredients! Yeah! Except pineapples, but I don't mind omitting it. Thanks for the simple dinner inspiration.

    1. Awww~~ Glad that I've helped you solved dinner problem =)