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Sweet & Sour Pork


It doesn’t get more classic Chinese takeaway dish than this! My version is heaps tastier, lighter and bit healthier, too – the traditional stodgy batter is replaced with a thin crispy coating. And that sauce… heaven! Do try for fresh pineapple, as tinned is far too sweet and mushy.




30 minutes + marinating

40 minutes


600g (1.3 lb) pork belly, skinless, cut into roughly 3cm (1.2 inch) cubes

1 tbsp light soy sauce

1 garlic clove, finely grated

½ tsp ground black pepper

1/3 cup plain flour

2 tsp vegetable oil plus extra vegetable oil for deep frying

1 brown onion, diced

1 capsicum (bell pepper)

100g (3.5 oz) diced fresh pineapple

4 spring onions (scallions), trimmed, green and white parts cut into 3cm (1.2 inch) batons

steamed rice to serve


Sweet & sour sauce:

½ cup brown sugar

3 tbsp white vinegar

2 tbsp tomato ketchup

1 tbsp light soy sauce

1/3 cup pineapple juice

¼ tsp Chinese five spice

2 tsp corn flour (cornstarch) mixed with 2 tbsp water

Step 1

Place the pork belly in a large bowl. Add the soy sauce, garlic and pepper and mix until well combined. Set aside to marinate for 30 minutes.

Step 2

To make the sweet & sour sauce, place the brown sugar, vinegar, tomato ketchup, soy sauce, pineapple juice and Chinese five spice in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer for 5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Add corn flour mixture to the sauce and simmer for a further 2 minutes to thicken. Remove from heat and set aside.

Step 3

To cook the pork, fill a wok to one-third full with oil and place over high heat. When oil reaches 180°C, toss pork with flour and cook, in batches, for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towel.

Step 4

Heat a clean wok or large frying pan over high heat. Add the oil and stir-fry the onion for a minute. Add the capsicum and stir-fry for another minute. Then add the pork, pineapple and the sweet & sour sauce. Stir-fry until well combined. Remove from heat and toss through the spring onion. Serve with steamed rice.

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Sweet and sour pork ( no batter )

I love a good recipe with a video. This dish is simple but big on flavour ( love the tomato sauce ). Def don’t use canned pineapple. Buy a whole one and blend to make the juice. I also add cashews & celery. Love the no batter !

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