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Sweet and Sour Pork

When you are craving good Chinese food, this recipe will hit the spot.  A little pre-chopping the ingredients will make the process a little easier.  We serve it with a side of rice for a yummy dinner.  It also makes great left overs for lunch the next day.

Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and Sour Pork

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pork loin, cut into cubes
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 pinch white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons potato starch
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 teaspoons potato starch
  • Red food coloring
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup potato starch
  • 2 cups peanut oil
  • 1 bell pepper, cut into large pieces
  • 1/2 can chunk pineapple
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into large pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 green onions, sliced including greens (reserve some for garnishing)

Instructions

  • Start by gathering all of your ingredients.
  • Chop meat and veggies up.
  • Pour oil into heavy duty pot ( This one is perfect for this: Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 7-1/4-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven, Cerise (Cherry Red) ) and start to heat oil to 375 ° F.
  • In a medium sized bowl combine first 6 ingredients. Set aside to marinate for a few minutes.
  • In a small bowl combine next 6 ingredients and set aside (this is the sauce).
  • In a medium bowl, beat eggs (this is for part 1 of dipping the pork)
  • In a 2nd medium bowl, pour in 1 cup of potato starch.
  • Verify oil has reached 375°F.
  • Take pork out of marinade, dip first into the egg, then dip into potato starch.
  • Carefully submerge into the oil (do not add too many pieces of the pork at one time or they can stick together and make a mess).
  • Fry the pieces until brown and crisp (about 4 to 5 minutes).
  • Remove from the oil and set on a criss-cross rack ( Baker's Secret 1061483 10-by-16-Inch Nonstick Cooling Rack, Set of 2 ) to cool slightly.
  • Continue frying pieces until you have completed the first fry round for the whole batch.
  • Once done, re-fry all pieces (in batches) for an additional 30 seconds.
  • Remove from oil and return to rack to drain.
  • In a wok (or fry pan) take 1 Tablespoon of the oil from the frying.
  • Once hot (about 4 minutes) add your sauce (the mixture with the food coloring you made earlier).
  • Heat sauce until it starts to thicken.
  • Add in next 5 ingredients.
  • Once thickened, toss in the cooked pork pieces.
  • Toss (or stir) to coat meat evenly.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Garnish with remaining green onions.
  • Serve immediately.
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