Sweet and Sour Unbattered

Sweet and Sour Pork (battered) 
  • 250 gm (1/2 lb.) pork tenderloin (cut into bite size pieces) * For double fried version make the pieces just a little bigger to prevent drying.
  • 1/2 green bell pepper (about 2 oz. and cut into pieces)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (about 2 oz. and cut into pieces)
  • 2 stalks scallions (only the white part, cut into 2 inch length)
  • 1 piece fresh/canned pineapple ring (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 clove garlic (finely chopped)
  • Oil for frying
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon corn flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon rice wine
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) water
  • 60 gm (2 oz.) all-purpose flour
  • 30 gm (1 oz.) corn starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 egg
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • 1 small pinch of salt
Sweet and Sour Sauce:
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon plum sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon Chinese rice vinegar (transparent in color)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  1. Cut the pork tenderloin into pieces and marinate with the ingredients for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Mix the sweet and sour sauce ingredients well and set aside.
  3. Sieve the dry ingredients of the frying batter and then add in the egg, water, and cooking oil to form a thick batter.
  4. When the pork is well-marinated, transfer the pork pieces into the batter and make sure they are well coated. In a deep skillet, add in the cooking oil enough for deep-frying. Once the oil is hot, deep fry the pork pieces until they turn golden brown. Dish out and drain on paper towels.
  5. Heat up a wok and add in some cooking oil. Add in the chopped garlic and stir fry until light brown, then follow by the bell peppers and pineapple pieces. Stir fry until you smell the peppery aroma from the peppers and then add in the sweet and sour sauce. As soon as the sauce thickenens, transfer the pork into the wok and stir well with the sauce. Add in the chopped scallions, do a few quick stirs, dish out and serve hot with steamed white rice.
For an extra crispy batter you can double fry the pork pieces:
Deep fry the first time around until the pieces just begin to change colour. Remove from the oil. Drain on absorbent paper. Set aside.
Just before serving, deep fry the pieces again until a golden brown colour. Drain on paper towels