I love all the crispy Chinese dishes such as crispy chilli beef, crispy duck and pancakes, pancake rolls, sweet and sour king prawn and the list goes on. We have a new butchers that has opened in our town so we went to check it out and I noticed they had some pork stir fry meat, perfect, the first thing that comes to mind is sweet and sour pork. I started looking at recipes and this version I made out 3 different recipes I liked. I took the pork coating from one and the sauce from 2 others to suit my taste. The result was crispy delicious flavoursome pork with a sweet and tangy sauce. I can’t wait to have it again.
Ingredients (serves 2)
For the marinated Pork
- 450g stir fry pork
- 2 fat garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
- Inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 large banana shallot, peeled and minced
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
For the batter
- 1 cup of corn flour (aka arrowroot)
- Groundnut oil for frying
For the sauce
- 1 tbsp groundnut oil
- 1 red pepper, de seeded and cut into chunks
- 2 tbsp tomato purée
- 50g golden caster sugar
- 50ml rice wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
- Splash Worcester sauce, optional
- Start by marinating the pork. Add all the ingredients into a bowl. Mix with your hands to combine. Cover with cling film and chill for at least an hour, I left mine overnight.
- To make the batter, add half the cornflour to the pork and massage all over leave it to rest for 5 minutes. Add the rest of the cornflour, massage again and leave for 10 minutes so all the moisture is soaked up.
- When your ready to crisp up the pork, add an inch of oil to a wok. Heat until hot, you can check with a piece of bread if it browns straight away it’s ready. Fry the pork strips in batches making sure to separate the strips so they don’t stick together. Mine took a few minutes, drain on a wire rack.
- To make the sauce, add all of the ingredients except the oil and pepper into a pan. Bring to the boil then reduce heat to a medium simmer, cook for 5 minutes.
- To finish off, in a wok or frying pan add the groundnut oil, cook the pepper for 1-2 minutes so it softens, pour in the sauce and finally the crispy pork. Give a good stir to combine, heat through for a minute. Serve immediately. Enjoy