Authentic Sweet and Sour Pork

Authentic Sweet and Sour Pork
  • 8 ounces pork loin
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine
  • 2/3 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 pinch monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch, divided
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2/3 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil for frying
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (3/4 inch thick) slice ginger, minced
  • 4 spring onions, finely chopped


  1. Pound pork to 1/3-inch thickness using a meat mallet. Slice into 1 1/2-inch strips.
  2. Combine pork strips, rice wine, 1/3 teaspoon salt, and monosodium glutamate in a bowl. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  3. Mix remaining 1/3 teaspoon salt, chicken stock, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, sugar, vinegar, and soy sauce in a bowl to make sauce.
  4. Beat eggs with remaining 3 tablespoons cornstarch in a bowl until smooth. Add pork strips; stir to coat.
  5. Heat oil in a wok or large saucepan to 280 degrees F (140 degrees C). Add pork strips one at a time to the hot oil. Cook until lightly golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon.
  6. Heat oil to 340 degrees F (170 degrees C). Return pork to the hot oil. Cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a serving plate with the slotted spoon.
  7. Drain all but 2 tablespoons oil from the wok. Cook and stir garlic and ginger in the hot oil until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add sauce and spring onions; cook and stir until sauce begins to thicken, 4 to 5 minutes. Pour sauce over the pork on the serving plate.

03/27/2018
Authentic Sweet and Sour Pork, recipe PT15M PT1H 5 455 calories

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