Easy Chinese Pork

Easy Chinese Pork

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Who doesn’t love Chinese food? One of my favourite dishes to order is the sweet and sour Chinese pork. This easy Chinese pork recipe is the closest I can get to that tasty treat. My mouth salivates at the thought of crispy battered pork drenched in a sweet and sour sticky sauce. Although, I do salivate over most meals… Talking about salivating; have I ever shared one of my embarrassing food moments? Well, here I go divulging it…

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I was still in primary school and usually had lunch boxes of gourmet food packed; because I wasn’t going to settle for a plain P & J sarmie. Oh hell no! My parents weren’t going to get it that easy. This one particular day I was given ‘tuck money’ (for all those that don’t know what tuck money is – it is money for buying food at school from what we called the Tuck Shop). I had a busy day and didn’t make it to the Tuck Shop, so went the whole day without eating.

 

At starving point, that same night my family and I went to a local pub and grub restaurant called The Keg & Anchor. Being a hungry lot, ordering our meals wasn’t a problem and never took long. The waiting for our meals was the difficult part; a minute for my empty stomach felt like I had to wait a whole day for my food to arrive.

 

Finally starters arrived. I was so excited; the smell of my garlicy stuffed mushroom was incredible. So mesmerised by the sight and smell of my food, I didn’t even notice the steam and the fact that everyone was watching me, warning me against the piping hot dish (even the waitress had her eyes on me). As I opened my mouth to devour the little bit on my fork, the build-up of saliva came gushing out of my mouth like a tap had been opened. Yes, I was that hungry! Although the moment was hellishly embarrassing; I was way too hungry to care. Only when the waitress came back to collect my clean plate did I feel slightly sheepishly.

 

From that day on, I think my family realised how important it was to ensure I wasn’t ever ‘starved’ during the day, especially before heading out to any public place for dinner! I still do have my moments when I salivate over incredible dishes; but you’ll be glad to know I’ve never had a waterfall-saliva experience again.

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This dish is definitely worth salivating over and delightful for a spring dinner. This recipe works well with pre-cooked meat.

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Ingredients

250g Pork fillet (or 2 chicken breasts), cut into strips or bite size
1 Cup Maizena
1 egg, beaten and seasoned with salt and pepper
2 – 3 Cups Oil

1 Green Pepper, finely sliced
225g Tin Pineapple pieces
1 onion, halved and sliced
½ tsp Crushed garlic

For the sauce:
Add the following all together:
25ml Tomato sauce
20ml brown vinegar
15ml sugar
5ml soy sauce
2ml maizena (cornflour)
15ml water
Pineapple juice from tin

 

Instructions:

 

1. Coat the pork fillet strips in the egg, then into the maizena. Set aside on a plate until all is coated.
2. Place a medium pot with oil on the stove, heat on a medium to high heat and fry the pork pieces.
3. Once the pork pieces are golden brown and crisp, place on a plate with paper roller towel to drain the excess oil.
4. Drain the pineapple juice into a bowl and keep the pineapple pieces aside. Mix all the sauce ingredients together with the pineapple juice.
5. In another new medium pot, add 2 Tablespoons oil, heat it up on a medium heat.
6. Fry the onions, pineapple pieces, garlic and green peppers until soft.
7. Add the sauce into the pot.
8. Add the pre-cooked pork pieces to the pot and allow the sauce to coat evenly over the meat and allow to simmer until the meat is heated through.

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