Wednesday, May 17, 2006

sweet and sour pork

Recipe Credit to Rasa Malaysia - Asian Recipes and Cooking blog (you make it look easy).

Sweet and Sour Pork Tenderloin
1/2 lb. pork tenderloin (cut into bite size pieces)
1 bell pepper (red or green or a mix of the two) chopped
2 stalks scallions (only the white part, cut into 2 inch length)
1 piece fresh pineapple ring (cut into small pieces) (canned if you cant find it)
1 clove garlic (finely chopped)
Oil for frying
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon corn flour
1/2 teaspoon rice wine
Frying Batter:
1/2 cup water
2 oz. all-purpose flour
1 oz. corn starch
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 egg
1 teaspoon cooking
1 small pinch of salt
Sweet and Sour Sauce:
1 1/2 tablespoons tomato ketchup ( prefer Glen Muir organic brand)
1 teaspoon plum sauce
1/8 teaspoon Chinese rice vinegar (transparent in color)
1/2 teaspoon Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
1 teaspoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon corn starch
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons water
Cut the pork tenderloin into pieces and marinate with the ingredients for 20-30 minutes.
Mix the sweet and sour sauce ingredients well and set aside.
Strain the dry ingredients * of the frying batter and then add in the egg, water, and cooking oil to form a thick batter.
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.
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.
* To strain a dry ingredient means to sift or filter it so that lumps are removed. Strainers are made of woven nylon, metal or silk strands and attached to a wooden frame; it is used to strain dry and liquid ingredients. ...