To explore new flavors, it would be good if you consider theme nights as you plan for your weekly meals. You’d be surprised to see just how interesting each cuisine is. Be it American, Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Indian, and other types of dishes, you’d have a huge list of dinner meals that you can serve to your loved ones.
To start off, let’s talk about Asian, particularly Chinese. If you go to any Chinese restaurant, one of the most commonly featured dishes on their menu is ‘sweet and sour pork’.
The sweet and sour sauce actually comes in various styles. While it is usually utilized in Asian countries, Europe and the Americas are also no stranger to it. But this time, we are going to focus on the Asian-style.
So how is sweet and sour pork made?
The combination of sweet and sour flavors might seem a bit complicated to some of you. But if you do it right, the result is something that would make your mouth water, and I mean that! The first time I made this dish myself, I was also kinda scared that I wouldn’t be able to achieve the desired taste, but I did! 🙂
Stir-fried pork with onion and then cooked in a vibrant sweet and sour pork. This is a recipe that might be new to you, but it will surely surprise your tastebuds!
1 lb. pork tenderloin (cut into 1 1/2 X 1/4 inch strips)
1 medium onion (chopped)
1 green pepper (sliced thinly)
2 tbsp canola oil
1 can pineapple tidbits (14 oz)
2 tbsp each cornstarch, brown sugar, white sugar, and soy sauce
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp each ground ginger and pepper
1/3 c. each water and ketchup
- Drain pineapple and reserve the juice. Set aside.
- Combine cornstarch, salt, ginger, pepper, and brown sugar in a small bowl. Add ketchup, water, soy sauce, vinegar, and pineapple juice. Mix well until smooth.
- Stir-fry pork along with onion in a large skillet for about 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in pineapple mixture and bring to a boil. Wait until the sauce starts to thicken.
- Add green pepper and pineapple tidbits. Reduce heat and cook for another 5 minutes.
This dish can be garnished with sesame seeds if desired. It can also be served over rice.
- Cuisine: Asian
If you have been into Chinese takeouts, now is the time to start skipping those. Go ahead and make your own Asian-style sweet and sour pork in your kitchen. This would be an excellent dish as you go on with your theme dinner meals!
As you have seen, the savory sauce is not that hard to make either. It only takes a few minutes. It’s going to surprise everyone. That’s for sure!
With this Asian-style sweet and sour pork recipe, everybody would be in for a very delightful treat. It can be eaten on its own, or if you really want to eat it the Asian way, serve it over rice. The sauce mixed with steamed rice would be sooooo good! 🙂