Sweet and Sour Pork with Pineapple is a favourite dish for Chinese New Year and also a classic restaurant dish consisting of deep fried pork cubes, pineapple with sweet capsicum coated in sweet and sour gravy.
For hopeful grandparents especially for the Cantonese the word “sour” and “grandchildren” are homophones. The word sound alike but have different meaning. In Cantonese sounds like the word “grandchild”.
Pineapple in hokkien “Ong Lai” means good luck comes.
1 large slice of pork shoulder butt (cut into cubes)
3 colours Capsicum (yellow/red/green)
1 small pineapple (cut, trim and cut into small cubes)
1 large yellow sweet onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
6 tablespoons Maggi Tomato Ketchup
1 tablespoon Apple Vinegar
2 tablespoon Coarse Sugar
1 tablespoon Plum Sauce
1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
3 – 4 tablespoons home prepared chicken broth
Mix the bite size pork cubes with 1 tablespoon superior light soy sauce, 1 egg yolk and 1 tablespoon corn flour and let is soak for 20 minutes.
Before deep frying, dip each piece with more cornflour.
In a saucepan, add some cooking oil.
Fry the minced garlic and sliced sweet onion fragrant.
Add the sauce ingredients and stir well.
When the gravy starts to boil, add the pineapple cubes and mix thoroughly.
Turn off the heat and set aside.
In a non stick frying pan, stir fry quickly the three coloured diced capsicum and transfer to a plate.
Do not overcook the vegetable if you prefer them to be crunchy,
Heat cooking oil for deep frying the pork cubes over medium heat for about 3 to 4 minutes.
Remove and heat oil again until very hot.
Re-fry the pork cubes for another 2 minutes or until the pork turned lightly browned and crispy.
Remove and drain on paper hand towel.
Reheat pan, add the deep fried pork cubes and toss lightly with the sauce mixture and mix well.
You can adjust the gravy to your likeness, add more chicken stock if its too thick or add some corn flour mixture to thicken.
Remove to serving plate and serve.
If you are having a party or for this coming Lunar New Year gathering, decorate this dish with the wholesome pineapple.
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