Chinese Take-Out Sweet and Sour Pork

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 35 mins
Cook 30 mins

Don't be fooled by the list of ingredients this is not at all hard to make, and may even be better than any take-out you may have had in the past! --- for authenticity of this popular dish the pork must be deep-fryed firstly and this may be done well in advance to save time, adjust the chili flakes to suit heat level my family likes spicy so I use 1 teaspoon or a little more --- serve with cooked white rice.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the cubes pork in a medium bowl, add in 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon sugar and 1 teaspoon soy sauce; using clean hands toss well to combine, then add in 1 egg white and toss once again.
  2. Mix in chopped green onion; cover and refrigerate for 1 or more hours.
  3. heat 1 quart of oil to 365 degrees F in a large heavy pot or in an electric deep-fryer.
  4. Remove the pork from the fridge and toss with 1/2 cup cornstarch.
  5. fry the pork in hot oil about 8 minutes or until evenly browned (do not over crowd the pot fry in 2 batches or three if necessary) drain on paper towels or on a rack.
  6. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large wok over medium heat; stir in bell pepper strips, onion and crushed chil flakes; stir fry until just tender, then season with 1/4 teaspoon sugar and salt to taste; remove from heat and set aside.
  7. For the sweet and sour sauce; in a large skillet or saucepan combine 1 cup water with 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon salt, 3/4 cup sugar, apple cider vinegar, ketchup and 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce; bring to a boil.
  8. Stir in the cooked pork along with green pepper/onion mixture, pineapple chunks along with the juice from the can; return to a simmer.
  9. In a small bowl whisk 1/4 cup cold water with 2 tablespoons cornstach until smooth; add into the simmering mixture and cook stirring until bubbly and thickened.
  10. Sprinkle top with a small amount of sesame seeds if desired, then serve with cooked rice.
Most Helpful

Huge hit with my family!

June C. March 08, 2015

This recipe is great!!! I wasn't thrilled about reheating it the next day for lunch but I think it was even better than the night before!!! Definitely a keeper!

02christini January 07, 2012

This really was better than any take-out ive ever had! Really flavorful, and we can't wait to eat the leftovers! Thanks for posting!

sweetcakes February 01, 2011