Monday, February 1, 2010

Sweet & Sour Pork - Söt och Sur Fläskött

Johan loves this dish and its not uncommon for it to be on the dinner menu when we are preparing a feast for the family. This version is quite different from the normal ones you might be used to which may use ketchup and chili sauces to make the final sweet and sour concoction as Chinese black vinegar and sugar are used instead. That's why you won't see the dish appearing orangey or with bits of pineapples or cucumber or paprika, but just purely the meat itself with some spring onions. This is taken from Fushia Dunlop's book 'Land of Plenty', do get a copy for yourself, it's really very good!

Sweet and sour pork

Boneless pork loin cut into 1/2 inch thick stripes/cubes, about 400-500g marinade with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoon Shaoxing wine
Batter - 2 eggs with enough potato flour (about 1/4 cup) to make a thick batter
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons black Chinese vinegar
1 teaspoon light soy sauce
2.5 teaspoons potato flour
3 spring onions, green parts only finely sliced
3 tablespoon cooking oil
2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger
3/4 cup stock
1 teaspoon sesame oil

  1. Marinade the pork for about 30 minutes. While waiting, combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat up the oil for deep frying about medium-high heat, beat up the eggs and combine with enough flour to make a thick batter so that when you dip one cube of pork in it and lift it up, the batter is still coating it thinly. Add the pork into the batter and mix it well. Add the pork individually into the oil to prevent it from sticking together, separating them with your chopsticks if necessary. Fry them for about 3 minutes or until they are just cooked through. Remove and drain. You may need to do this in batches.
  3. Reheat the oil when you have deep fry all the pork once through, add them back again to the oil in batches and fry until they are crispy and golden. Remove and drain, keep warm in the serving dish while you prepare the sauce.
  4. Heat about 3 tablespoon oil in a clean wok over medium flame, add the ginger and garlic and stir fry till its fragrant and add the stock, bringing it to a boil. 
  5. Add the sauce ingredients which you have previously prepared into the boiling stock and stir briskly as it will thicken quickly, add in the spring onions and sesame oil and stir it once or twice and pour the sauce over the pork in the serving dish. Serve warm.

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