Sweet and Sour Pork
If you like Chinese style sweet and sour dishes, then you may also like this Thailand version of sweet and sour fried pork. While not at all the same dish, they have some things in common. In this recipe we deep-fry little squares of lean pork that have been lightly coated in coconut flour, giving them just a little breading to hold the sweet and sour sauce. The sauce itself is made by sauteing onion and sweet red peppers in a thick combination of tamarind pulp, plum sauce and sugar. The onions, and especially the chilies, impart an herbaceous flavor to the sweet sauce, making it just a little spicy. We combine the deep-fried pork with this sauce and cook it along with pineapple and tomatoes into a thick, sweet, and sticky plate of food that is more like a dessert than a main dish. A little goes a long way, so you'll need to plan a few other dishes to have with it. And don't, under any circumstances, think of eating all by yourself with just a spoon :-)
Yield: 6 or more servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 Minutes
Ready in: 30 Minutes
- 400 Grams Pork Tenderloin
(cut into small bite-sized pieces)
- 3 Tablespoons Evaporated milk (unsweetened)
- 2 Tomatoes
(cut into wedges, about 2 cups)
- 1 Cup Pineapple
(cut into small chunks)
- 1 large Brown or Yellow Onion
(Cut in half, then sliced)
- 2 red Thai Long Chilies
(or other mild red pepper)
- 1/3 Cup Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Plum Sauce
- 2 teaspoons Fish Sauce
- 1 teaspoon Tamarind Paste
1) Marinate bite-sized pieces of pork loin in condensed milk.
2) Coat the pork in flour to create a light breading.
3) Fry the breaded pork in deep oil for 2 minutes.
4) Heat the sugar and plum sauce in big wok or frying pan until the sugar melts.
5) Cook the onions and peppers in the sugary sauce.
6) Add the pineapple and cook for 1 minute.
7) Add the deep-fried pork and cook for 5 minutes on low heat until it gets hot and sticky. Turn off the heat, toss in the tomatoes well, then serve.
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