Saturday night Chinese: Sweet and Sour Pork

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Sweet and Sour Pork, Saturday night chinese

There is nothing I love more than a Chinese on a Saturday night.

A couple of weeks ago I met with Bing Pan who has been on the island for 9 years. He and his wife Siqi Zang come from a suburb of Beijing known as Luo Yang.  He loves the Maltese way of life and they have settled down in St Pauls Bay. They return to see their family in China every couple of years however they travel extensively for short breaks to locations around Europe and take every opportunity to explore other cultures and cuisines that are a short distance away.

And Bing brought with him all the skills that he acquired not only from culinary school but from old recipes and tips that were passed on to him by his parents who are both professional chefs too.

During our first session together we prepared  what I think is probably the most popular chinese dish, no matter which country you may be living in.

Bing uses local Maltese pork.  He loves the taste and texture and combines this with the freshest of ingredients.  He believes that fresh ingredients contribute to success of this dish.  His kitchen is MSG free.

Sweet and Sour Pork

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Category: Pork

Cuisine: Chinese

Yield: 4 portions

Sweet and Sour Pork

Saturday Night Chinese: Bing's recipe for Sweet and Sour Pork

Ingredients

  • 500g pork fillet
  • 1 tablespoon white wine
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
    For the batter:
  • 5 tablespoons cornflour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking power
  • 2 eggs
  • sunflower oil for frying
    For the sauce:
  • 200ml water or stock
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 green pepper
  • 2 thick slices pineapple
  • 2 medium carrots
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour in 50ml water or stock

Instructions

  1. Place the soy sauce, white wine and sesame oil in a large bowl.
  2. Add the salt.
  3. Cut the pork into bite size pieces and marinate in the soy sauce mix.
  4. Cover with cling film and leave in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
  5. Mix the eggs with the baking powder and the cornflour.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. If the mixture is too stiff add a couple of tablespoons of water.
  8. Fill a wok with sunflower oil. You will need quite a lot as the pork pieces need to be deep fried. Heat the oil on moderate temperature.
  9. Place the marinated pork pieces in the cornflour batter a little at a time.
  10. Shake the batter off the pork pieces and gently lower them into the hot oil.
  11. When they are golden brown remove from the oil and place on kitchen towel to remove excessive oil.
    To make the sauce
  1. Chop up the pineapple, carrots and green peppers into bite size pieces.
  2. Place the stock, soy sauce, sugar, salt, sesame oil, apple vinegar and ketchup into a wok and bring to boil Add the peppers, carrots and pineapple pieces.
  3. Stir on gentle heat.
  4. Mix the cornflour with the rest of the stock and as soon as the sauce starts to bubble add the cornflour mixture little by little, stirring at the same time to thicken the sauce. Keep stirring until it thickens.
  5. Add the pork and mix well for a minute. Serve with a bowl of steamed rice or some vegetable noodles.

Notes

This dish is gluten free, lactose free and MSG free Bing uses fresh Maltese pork

https://leahogg.com/2018/03/03/bings-sweet-and-sour-pork/

To be treated like a queen, Bing prepares my Chinese meal.

saturday night chinese meal bing

Thank you Bing!

Trade Enquiries:
You can try out Bing’s Chinese Food at La Branda Riveriera Premium Resort Mellieha
I use
Pork by Majjal ta’ Malta. by Churchills Master Butchers, Zejtun
Ketchup, apple vinegar by Kuhne at Quality Foods
Caster Sugar by Silver Spoon at Borg & Aquilina
Noodles by Sharwoods, Saxa Salt and Oxo Stock Pots by Premier Foods at George Borg Ltd
Kitchenware by K&Co Telephone 79415384
Cornflour & Spices delivered to my home by www.spices.com.mt
Fruit and vegetables by Big Fresh Mosta, Oscar’s Fruit and Vegetables Paola, Barbuto [organic]

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