Sweet & Sour Pork

As good as, or better than, any you have had from the local Chinoiserie. 

Sweet & Sour Pork

Put the rice on, make the sauce and keep it hot, then cook the pork, adding the sauce at the last minute before serving so that the batter is crisp.


  • 600 g pork cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • garlic paste or garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon five spice
  • 2 teaspoons minced or grated ginger
  • dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • dash of bitters
  • flour for dredging

mix ingredients except flour and leave to marinate a few hours.


  • 3 Tbsp Rice flour
  • 3 Tbsp plain flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • pinch of salt
  • 120 – 150 ml ice-cold soda water or ice-cold water with 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Mix the flours, (baking soda) and salt,  stir in the egg with a wooden spoon and add enough of the water to make a thick but liquid batter that coats your finger when dipped.  Stand in the fridge while making the sauce.


  • 1  can pineapple drained and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • red food coloring
  • 2 rounded tablespoons cornflour mixed in a little cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • a generous dash of Angosturra bitters

Healthy vegetables

  • 1 cup red and green capsicum, cut into strips or chunks
  • 1 onion, cut into strips lengthwise
  • 2 carrots, sliced into matchsticks
  • 2 sticks of celery sliced transversely
  • peanut oil for frying

Heat pineapple, and liquids in saucepan and stir in the sugar
when boiling,  stir in the cornflour mixture and stir until boiling and thickened
Add a few drops of red food colour if you have some.


In a wok or frying pan stir fry the onion until it is starting to caramelise, then add the celery, capsicum and carrot and cook for a few minutes.  Add the sauce and keep hot while cooking the pork

Dredge each piece in flour, dip in batter and deep fry until golden.

Serve the pork with sauce and the rice which was cooking in the rice cooker while you did the rest. .



Sauce and vegetables

Sauce and vegetables

rice cooker

rice cooker

deep fryer
deep fryer




About Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.
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2 Responses to Sweet & Sour Pork

  1. Alan says:

    I used red wine vinegar as an experiment and as colour, for I have no food colouring. I thought the oyster sauce was a master stroke. This S&SP is certainly the best I have done so far.

  2. Pilgrim33 says:

    Oyster sauce?
    That’s different.
    Weird but not silly.
    i’m still using Charmaine Solomons’ recipe.
    I leave out the capsicum and use slightly more than the 2 Tbsp of white vinegar you found as the missing ingredient.
    I have this frozen and ready to use.

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