Sweet and sour pork


This is a delicious sweet and sour pork recipe that rivals any Chinese takeout. It does take a bit of work and it’s important to read through everything before getting started. Of course, practice makes perfect and after you’ve tried this recipe a couple of times, it’ll be a snap to put together.


1 lb pork (tenderloin, cut into 1 inch cubes)
7 T soy sauce (3 T for marinating, 4 T for sauce)
1⁄2 c sugar
1⁄2 c vinegar
1⁄3 c flour
1⁄3 c corn starch (plus 2 T more)
1 egg
2 T cooking oil (plus more for deep frying)
12 c water (1/3 cup for batter)
2 bell pepper (1 red, 1 green, chopped)
1 c pineapple (canned pineapple chunks)
1 c juice (pienapple juice from the can)


Place the pork into a bowl. Stir in the 3 teaspoons soy sauce and allow the pork to marinate for about 20-30 minutes.

Now you can prepare the sauce that you will set aside until later. Just whisk together sugar, ketchup, soy sauce, pineapple juice and vinegar.

Heat a frying pan with enough space for 2 inches of oil. Add the oil and heat it 375° F over medium-high heat.

Next, prepare the batter for your pork. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and 1/3 cup cornstarch. Then add the egg and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. After this, add just enough of the water so that the batter isn’t too runny, but runs off the back of a spoon. 1/3 cup of water is usually perfect if you don’t like a very thick batter, but your results may vary, so add water carefully.

Dip the pork pieces into the batter and allow any excess batter to drip off. Only batter enough pork to fry about one layer in the pan. If you have leftover pork, simply fry it in a separate batch.

Carefully place the batter pork into the oil and fry it until it is golden. You can keep the batter from sticking to the bottom of the pan by holding the pork in the oil, but above the bottom of the pan for a few seconds.

Place the fried pork on a plate with paper towel to let the oil drain.

In the meantime, you can heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and sauté the red and green peppers in oil, using a frying pan or wok. Sauteé until softened.

Then add the sauce you set aside earlier, and the pineapple, and bring to a boil over medium heat.

In a small bowl, whisk together the 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 4 tablespoons of water. Add this mixture to the sauce and keep stirring until fully combined and thicken. Then stir in the fried pork and your dish is ready.

Total time
1 hour, 20 minutes
Cooking time
Preparation time
6 servings


You will also need enough vegetable oil to fill a pan about 2 inches for deep frying your pork.

Detail of sweet and sour pork.


Sweet and sour pork is an example of Cantonese cuisine.

Chinese cuisine

Serve over rice or with chop suey or chow mein noodles.

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meat, main meal
China food recipes
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