Monday, September 26, 2011

Sweet and Sour Pork.

I just love Kylie Kwong's recipe for Sweet and Sour Pork. It is NOT that sickly sweet bright red goo that is often served in Chinese Cafes, over puffs of fried dough with little pork in side. There are 2 parts to this recipe, and the first part, the sauce is made in the TMX. The Pork part is not. Both parts can be prepared the day before required which is a real bonus if serving it to visitors, or if you are just plain busy.

The Sauce, what is different about this is that the vegetables and the Pineapple are fresh

4 cloves of garlic, peeled
1 2 cm. long piece of fresh ginger

3/4 cup of Apple cider vinegar
5 Tablespoons of shao hsing wine or dry sherry
1/2 cup of white sugar
1 teaspoon of sea salt

1/4 of a peeled and cored Pineapple
I small carrot, cut into straws
1 Tomato cut into 8.
I red Capsicum pepper cut into strips.
1 small cucumber peeled and cut into large cubes
1/2 red onion, sliced into 1/2 moon shapes

2 Tablespoons of light soy sauce
2 teaspoons of corn flour


Drop garlic and ginger on to spinning blades, speed 7/ until chopped.
Add vinegar, sherry,sugar and salt , cook 5 mins./ speed 2/ 100 o.
Add vegetables , cook 3 mins/ REVERSE/speed 1.
Mix corn flour with light soy sauce and add to bowl, continue cooking for 1 min.
Leave in bowl to reheat if using immediately or when cool , store in fridge for later use.

Pork The Pork is marinated in a mix, preferably over night. Just prior to cooking , add the additional corn flour and plain flour.

2 x 300 pork fillets ( the long ones ) cut into bit size pieces.

In a large bowl place and mix......
1 1/2 tablespoons of corn flour
1 Tablespoon of cold water
2 egg yolks
3 teaspoons of light soy
2 teaspoons of Sesame Oil
1 teaspoon of Sea Salt

Add pork pieces and stir to coat. Set aside.

When ready to cook. Add additional...
1/4 cup of plain flour
1/4 cup of corn flour

Add 2 cups of vegetable oil to wok, and heat to shimmer on surface ( I use Rice bran oil)
Deep fry pork, remove when pale brown in colour, set aside to cool, Turn off heat under wok.

Re fry when ready to serve. This will crisp the pork and give a nice brown colour.

Serve with rice and sauce.

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