River Road Cookbook Sweet and Sour Pork

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by BarbryT

This is a wonderful--not sticky sweet!--sweet and sour pork that I grew up with. Simple and just delicious. It spoiled me for all other versions. I find most too sweet and way too full of unnecessary and distracting vegetables.

Top Review by kiwidutch

5 Stars! Even not so pork loving DH liked this and like other reviewers we too found that this wasn't too overpoweringly sweet as some recipe tend to be so that's the main reason we enjoyed this so much. We used PeterJ's method to fry the pork too and it worked well. Please see my Rating system: 5 stars for an easy and tasty pork recipe that we will be making again. Thanks!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Beat the egg and incorporate the 2 Tablespoons cornstarch in a medium bowl (one that will accommodate the pork).
  2. Add the pork and coat the pieces with the egg/cornstarch batter.
  3. Deep fry in 375 degree Fahrenheit oil in batches to keep the oil up to temperature, until light brown.
  4. Drain on paper towels.
  5. Cut peppers into 1/4-inch slivers. Cut slivers in half.
  6. Drain pineapple. If using sliced pineapples, cut them into tidbits.
  7. Put the sugar, vinegars, salt and water, or pineapple juice, in a large saucepan (3 to 4 quarts).
  8. Bring to a boil.
  9. Add the sliced peppers and boil one minute.
  10. Mix the 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 1/2 cup water together.
  11. Stir the cornstarch/water mixture into the vinegar mixture.
  12. Simmer about two minues, stirring constantly, until thickened and translucent.
  13. Add the drained pineapple tidbits and the pork.
  14. Stir until heated through.
  15. Serve with steamed rice.

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