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MeridianDog
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Sweet and Sour Pork (photos)


The wife is on the Alabama coast with her friends this week and I have been pretty good diet wise. To celebrate that, I decided to do Sweet and Sour Pork. This should feed two, but I consumed all of it myself. So much for being faithful to my diet.

To make this dish you'll need:

Maybe a quarter pound of pork. I used two of those boneless chops shown that I tenderized
1 carrot
1/3 of a large green bell pepper
1 small onion
1/3 cup rice (basmati)
2 teaspoons finely minced ginger
A small can of chunk pineapple - juice and fruit



Cook the rice and set aside.

For the sweet and sour sauce, you'll need:

1/4 cup Pineapple juice
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup Rice wine vinegar - start with a tablespoon less than this and adjust after tasting. I use the full 1/4 cup but you may want less.
1 teaspoon finely minced ginger
3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
2 pinches red cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons Corn Starch



Add these ingredients to a small saucepan and bring to a boil.



Cook for a couple of minutes until the corn starch thickens. Taste and adjust if desired. Rice wine vinegar will take it toward sour and sugar will take it toward sweet. Red pepper for heat. I have never added salt to this sauce. This is enough for two servings. Set aside.



Tenderize pork and marinate in the fridge for an hour in some milk, an egg and black pepper.



Set up the veggies. I like my carrot cut pretty thin, the green peppers cut into 1-2 inch pieces, and the onion into manageable pieces. I leave the pineapple as it comes from the can.



When the pork has marinated, dredge it in AP flour and a little corn starch and fry in vegetable oil.





The final cooking goes really quick, so I make certain everything is ready before I start.



If I were not lazy I would have pulled out the wok, but it is fine to do this in a large skillet.

The onions go first into hot vegetable oil



Then the carrots followed by the peppers.



When the carrots begin to change color, I add the pork. You may notice I used a paper towel to take out most of the oil before adding the pork.



Then the chunked pineapple which is a sweet addition to the dish. You can leave it out if you like, but you need the juice to make the sauce.



Then the sauce.





And plate over the cooked rice.



Fork View? Sure:



Gone.



I'm going to need a few more of these, because MSU is playing Auburn and I have little faith in my team. I have seen good teams beat us and bad teams beat us.



Never fear. I have a full platoon of reinforcements with solders willing to take their position on the line for a fallen comrade.




This post was edited on 9/25 at 9:42 am



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Carson123987
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oh my fricking god i would destroy that. bookmarked





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OldHickory
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Looks good, hoss.





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LSU Piston
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oh my fricking god i would destroy that. bookmarked






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HandGrenade
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bookmarked

eta: like everyone else is doing I guess



This post was edited on 9/14 at 7:49 pm


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G Vice
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That looks incredible. Like better- -than-PF Chang incredible.

to the scoutmaster

ETA: no offense. I really like PF Chang.



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LSU Piston
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MeridianDog


Stupid question. When you are frying the pork, I am assuming that you are not cooking it all the way?






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Soul Gleaux
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oh my fricking god i would destroy that. bookmarked






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MeridianDog
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quote:

When you are frying the pork, I am assuming that you are not cooking it all the way?


You cook it all the way. It only stays in the pan in the sauce for maybe 45 seconds before plating it.

When I cook this, I like to be eating it three or four minutes after adding the sauce.

That is why I do not do Chinese buffets. The shorter the time from cooking to plate, the better I like it.

The pork here is not all that brown because of the corn starch I added to the flour. The corn starch keeps the coating from browning too much. If you coat meat in only corn starch, it will never get very brown, regardless of how long you fry it.



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MeridianDog
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-PF Chang incredible.


PF Chang is our preferred Chinese place. Jackson or Birmingham. Long drive for dinner. Love their lemon chicken and about ten other dishes they make.






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LSU Piston
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MeridianDog


Thanks. About how long on the pork?






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MeridianDog
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how long on the pork


I cook one test piece and then just watch it for the other pieces. This pork was pretty thin and I had tenderized it with a mallet, so it fried in maybe three minutes with the oil somewhere around 350. I only cooked about 6 or 8 pieces at a time and cooked what you see in three separate batches because the pan I fried in was very small and not a lot of oil, since it was only me tonight.

I never use a thermometer to fry unless I am frying catfish in my fryer outside. If I were making this for four people, I would have used the fry daddy fryer (and the wok). I hate cleaning the fry daddy so the small pan worked fine tonight.






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Sailorjerry
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Looks good!
I just fixed sweet n sour chicken, you had to dip the chicken in cornstarch first and then into beaten egg and then fried. It browned beautifully.






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Darla Hood
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I'm hungry.





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MeridianDog
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I'm hungry


Sorry. The wife and her buddies went somewhere good and I'm certain had ladylike portions, leaving at least some on their plates.

I totally wiped out two servings so my belly is full.

My dogs are barely ahead and refuse to play to win.






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MeridianDog
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sweet n sour chicken


Just as good as pork in my book. My next home cooked Chinese will probably be Lemon Chicken. Must wait for the return of the wife, because that is her favorite.






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Dandy Lion
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MD, you´re good people.





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Burt Reynolds
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that looks pretty good. id cooke the veggies longer myself





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MeridianDog
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cooke the veggies longer


Yep. Just a preference. I like them crisp.






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panama city tigerfan
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Looks fairly tasty





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