Authentic sweet-and-sour pork

Yield: 4 Servings

Measure Ingredient
¾ pounds Lean boneless pork
1 tablespoon Rice wine or dry sherry
1 tablespoon Light soy sauce
½ teaspoon Salt
1 small Green bell pepper
1 small Red bell pepper
1 \N Carrot
2 \N Scallions
1 \N Egg; beaten
2 tablespoons Cornstarch
2 cups Oil, preferably peanut
3 ounces Canned lychees, drained; OR fresh orange in segments
⅔ cup Chicken stock
1 tablespoon Light soy sauce
½ teaspoon Salt
1½ tablespoon Chinese white rice vinegar or cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Sugar
1 tablespoon Tomato paste
1 teaspoon Cornstarch
1 teaspoon Water


CUT THE PORK INTO 1-INCH cubes. Put the cubes into a bowl together with the rice wine or sherry, 1 tablespoon of light soy sauce and ½ teaspoon salt, and marinate for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, cut the green and red peppers into 1-inch squares. Peel and cut the carrot and scallions into 1-inch chunks. Bring a pot of water to a boil and blanch the carrots in it for 4 minutes; drain and set aside. Mix the egg and cornstarch in a bowl until they are well blended into a batter. Lift the pork cubes out of the marinade, put them into the batter and coat each piece well. Heat the oil in a deep-fat fryer or large wok until it is almost smoking. Remove the pork pieces from the batter with a slotted spoon, and deep-fry them. Drain the deep-fried pork cubes on paper towels. Combine the chicken stock, soy sauce, salt, vinegar, sugar and tomato paste in a large saucepan. Bring it to a boil. Add vegetables (not the lychees or oranges.) Stir well. In a small bowl, blend together the cornstarch and water. Stir this mixture into the sauce and bring it back to a boil. Turn the heat down to a simmer. Add the lychees or oranges and pork cubes. Mix well, and then turn the mixture onto a deep platter. Serve at once.

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