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April 12, 2015

Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and Sour Pork ~ Quick, easy and delicious Sweet and Sour Pork which you can have on the dinner table in under 30 minutes ~ kid-friendly too!

You should know by now that I absolutely love quick and easy recipes and this Sweet and Sour Pork dish is one of them.

From start to finish, you can have a wonderful, delicious meal on the dinner table in under 30 minutes. There is no trick here, even though it looks like a lot of ingredients, just clever planning.

Sweet and Sour Pork ~ Quick, easy and delicious Sweet and Sour Pork which you can have on the dinner table in under 30 minutes ~ kid-friendly too!

Don't cook one thing at a time, start with whatever will cook the longest and work from there. I make the batter for the Pork cubes first, because that can stand a while.

The sauce ingredients goes into a saucepan and I leave it there till the very end, before I actually heat it through.

Sweet and Sour Pork ~ Quick, easy and delicious Sweet and Sour Pork which you can have on the dinner table in under 30 minutes ~ kid-friendly too!

I do the dipping and deep-frying of the Pork in between getting the Pasta on the stove and all the ingredients for the sauce in a saucepan.

As soon as I put the Pasta on the stove, I switch on my electric Wok and start stir-frying the Bell Peppers and Pineapple.

This way, everything is done round about the same time and no time is wasted.

This Sweet and Sour Pork is very kid-friendly and not as sour, as one usually gets from a take out, which we have of course stopped - meaning no more Chinese, Japanese or any other Asian take outs, simply because we do not have those types of restaurants close to us any more.

Anyhow, I think homemade is still better, and most definitely a lot cheaper. We have also cut back on most other take outs and the reason for that is simple, we live in South-Africa and unfortunately have a lot of problems right now,,, problems which include major chain restaurants whose workers are messing with the food, and it does not seem as if the restaurant owners etc are giving one iota !

Well, we are one family who said, no more, and therefore you will start seeing a lot of my recipes will be based on the usual take outs. My spin on it, not really copy-cat recipes, just a homemade version of some dishes we used to order.

Sweet and Sour Pork

INGREDIENTS:

Pork:

1 cup Flour
1 cup Cornflour  {Cornstarch}
1/2 t Baking Powder
1 cup Ginger Beer
Extra Cornflour, for dusting
500g Pork Fillet, cubed
Salt and Black Pepper, to taste
Oil, for deep-fry

Sauce:

1 1/2 cups Tomato Sauce {thick ketch up}
2 TB Soy Sauce
1 TB Vinegar
1 cup Pineapple Juice

Vegetables:

1 1/2 TB Peanut Oil
2 cups Red/Green and Yellow Bell Pepper, cubed
1 Pineapple, peeled and sliced into strips
Fresh Coriander, to serve

DIRECTIONS:

1.) Combine the Flour, Cornflour and Baking Powder - season to taste with Salt and Pepper - add the Ginger Beer slowly and stir until a thick batter forms {add a little more Ginger Beer if too stiff} - put aside.
2.) Season the Pork cubes with Salt and Pepper - dust with Cornflour.
3.) Heat the Oil for deep-frying.
4.) Dip each Pork cube in the Batter and deep-fry 2 - 3 minutes or until cooked through - place on a paper towel to drain.
5.) Place all the Sauce ingredients in a small saucepan - bring to the boil, then lower heat and let simmer for 5 minutes.
6.) Using a large wok or pan - heat the Peanut Oil and stir-fry the Bell Peppers and Pineapple  3 - 5 minutes - add the cooked Pork cubes, stir through - pour over the Sauce and gently stir to cover all the Pork and Vegetables - heat through if necessary.

Serve immediately on Angel Hair Pasta and top with Fresh Coriander.

Sweet and Sour Pork ~ Quick, easy and delicious Sweet and Sour Pork which you can have on the dinner table in under 30 minutes ~ kid-friendly too!


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6 comments:

  1. I love sweet and sour and have never managed to make a home made version I'm happy with. Must try this out next time we're tempted by takeaways!

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  2. Your sweet and sour pork sounds so deliciously flavorsome. I love how quick and easy it is too. A much better alternative to takeout :)

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  3. The dish looks so inviting Linda. Love your simple recipe.

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  4. This looks delicious, we are leaving behind the MSG at chinese restaurants, thanks for giving us a healthy alternative.

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  5. That's too bad that people are messing with food .... seriously sad. :( The good thing is, homemade almost always tastes better anyways and like you said, it's a heck of a lot cheaper too. This sounds like a dish my family would love and like you - I love quick and easy meals! :)

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