As a food enthusiast and professional writer, I have always been fascinated with Asian cuisine. The unique blend of flavors and spices in Asian dishes never fails to amaze me. One of my favorite ingredients to cook with is pork, as it can absorb the flavors of the dish very well. In this article, I will be sharing some of the best Asian recipes with pork that you can easily make at home.
Sweet and Sour Pork
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Recipe Category: Main Dish
- Recipe Cuisine: Chinese
- Aggregate Rating: 4.8
- 1 lb. pork tenderloin, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 can pineapple chunks, drained
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon cold water
- In a large bowl, toss the pork with cornstarch until fully coated.
- Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Working in batches, add the pork to the skillet and cook until golden brown and crispy, about 3-4 minutes per side.
- Remove the pork from the skillet and set aside.
- Add the bell peppers and onion to the skillet and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the ketchup, rice vinegar, brown sugar, and soy sauce.
- Add the sauce and pineapple chunks to the skillet and bring to a simmer.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and cold water.
- Add the cornstarch mixture to the skillet and stir until the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes.
- Return the pork to the skillet and toss to coat with the sauce.
- Serve hot with steamed rice.
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- Q: Can I use chicken instead of pork in this recipe?
- Q: Can I use fresh pineapple instead of canned?
- Q: Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
- Q: What can I serve with this dish?
- Q: Can I freeze the leftovers?
- Q: How can I make this dish spicier?
A: Yes, you can substitute chicken for pork in this recipe.
A: Yes, you can use fresh pineapple instead of canned. Just make sure to cut it into bite-sized pieces.
A: Yes, you can make this recipe ahead of time and reheat it in the microwave or on the stove.
A: You can serve this dish with steamed rice and some stir-fried vegetables.
A: Yes, you can freeze the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
A: You can add some red pepper flakes or sriracha sauce to the sauce to make it spicier.
If you want to make this recipe healthier, you can use lean pork tenderloin instead of fatty cuts of pork. You can also use low-sodium soy sauce and reduce the amount of brown sugar in the recipe. Another tip is to cook the pork in an air fryer instead of deep-frying it in oil. This will make the pork crispy without adding too much oil to the dish.
For a vegetarian version of this dish, you can substitute the pork with tofu or tempeh. You can also add some vegetables like broccoli, carrots, or snow peas to the dish to make it more nutritious.
When cooking with pork, it is important to cook it to an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) to ensure that it is safe to eat. You can use a meat thermometer to check the temperature of the pork.