wikiHow to Make Chinese Sweet & Sour Pork or Chicken

Sweet and Sour Pork or Chicken is a popular dish enjoyed in Chinese restaurants. Served over brown rice, white rice or fried rice, it is the ideal delicious meal for adults and kids!

Ingredients for Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • 2-1/4 cups (450 grams) Sugar
  • 1-1/3 cups (315 ml) Water
  • 2/3 cup (160 ml) Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) Pineapple Juice
  • Cornstarch
  • 1 cup (235 ml) Distilled White Vinegar

Ingredients for Batter

  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Cornstarch
  • 1 Egg

Ingredients for Main Dish

  • 1 cup (165 grams) Pineapple Chunks
  • 1 cup (150 grams) Green Pepper-- diced
  • 1 lb (455 grams) Chicken or Pork-- 1/2" cubes

Steps

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    Make the sweet and sour sauce. Combine water and sugar. Heat until sugar is dissolved.
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    Add ketchup and pineapple juice, bring to a full boil.
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    Thicken with corn starch. Mix in small amount of corn starch and water.
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    Make thick (so adding vinegar will not become too thin).
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    Add vinegar. Do not boil after adding vinegar.
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    Set aside.
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    Add pineapple chunks and green pepper just before serving.
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    Prepare the pork or chicken.
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    Mix batter ingredients in sufficient proportion to cover pork on all sides.
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    Add 12 inch (1.3 cm) cubed, fat-free meat in bowl when meat is completely covered in sauce, then place individual pieces into deep fat fryer.
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    Fry to a light brown color. Cover with sweet & sour sauce.
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    Add pineapple & green pepper chunks.
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    Serve over white rice.

Tips

  • Adjust cornstarch - less for softer coating, more for crisper.
  • Old cooking oil will make batter very puffy. Use fresh peanut oil.
  • For a unique dish, add one cup onions cut into large chunks just before serving.
  • Let the pork simmer in water, then add the sauce. This gives it a homemade look.
  • Add crunch to the dish with a can of sliced water chestnuts.

Article Info

Categories: Chinese Dishes