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Sweet & Sour Pork

This recipe is a take on a Chinese take out classic. The crunchy pork coated in a slick sauce with just the right balance of heat and sweet is so good that I guarantee it will become a regular once you try it.

A bowl of Sweet & Sour Pork garnished with scallions. Text, "Go Everywhere, Eat Everything"

Sweet & Sour Pork Recipe

(Serves About 2-4)



For the Pork:

  • 2 lbs Pork Shoulder (Cut into 1-inch cubes)

  • 2 Eggs (Beaten)

  • ½ Cup All Purpose Flour

  • ¼ Cup Rice Flour

  • ¼ Cup Cornstarch

  • 1 Teaspoon Sichuan Pepper (Ground)

  • 1 Teaspoon Salt

  • 2 Green Onions (Chopped for Garnish)

  • White Sesame Seeds (For Garnish)

  • Vegetable or Cooking Oil (For Deep Frying)


For the Sauce:

  • 1 Yellow Onion (Roughly Chopped)

  • 1 Green Pepper (De-seeded and Roughly Chopped) – Optional

  • 1 Red Pepper (De-seeded and Roughly Chopped) – Optional

  • 2 Cloves Garlic (Finely Minced)

  • 1 Inch Fresh Ginger (Finely Minced)

  • 2 Teaspoons Sichuan Pepper (Ground)

  • ¼ Cup Tomato Ketchup

  • 1 Cup Chinese Chili Paste

  • 2 Tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar

  • 2 Teaspoons Soy Sauce

  • 2 Teaspoon Sesame Oil

  • 1/8 Cup Corn Syrup (or Brown Sugar)

  • 2 Teaspoons Cornstarch (Mixed with Water to Make a Paste)

  • 1 Cup Water


For the Pork:

  1. Place the pork in a large bowl.

  2. Add the beaten egg and cover to combine.

  3. In a separate bowl, place the All Purpose flour, the cornstarch and the rice flour. Combine.

  4. Add the salt and the Sichuan Pepper.

  5. Bring the cooking oil to 325 degrees Fahrenheit in a wok or deep sided pan.

  6. When ready to cook, take a piece of pork, and roll it in the flour mixture.

  7. Add to the oil and cook for 3-4 minutes.

  8. Cook the pork in this style, in batches.

  9. Drain on paper towel and sprinkle with salt.

For the Sauce:

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of cooking oil in a saucepan to a gentle heat.

  2. Add the minced garlic and ginger. Cook for 2-3 minutes.

  3. Add the Sichuan Pepper.

  4. Add the sesame oil.

  5. Add the chopped onions. Season with salt. Cook for 2-3 minutes.

  6. Add the peppers (if used) and cook for 2-3 minutes.

  7. Add the tomato ketchup, chili paste, soy sauce, corn syrup and water. Combine well.

  8. Simmer the sauce for 10 minutes on a low to medium heat.

  9. Add the cornstarch paste and combine quickly.

  10. Simmer until the sauce begins to thicken.


To Combine:

  1. Place the pork in a large bowl.

  2. Ladle over as much sauce as you would like.

  3. Stir to combine, so each piece of pork is coated.

  4. Place on a serving platter.

  5. Top with sliced green onions and a sprinkle of white sesame seeds.

  6. Serve with plain boiled Jasmine rice.

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