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Hong Kong Sweet and Sour Pork
July 12, 2008

We moved to the midwest from CA some years ago and get serious unfulfilled cravings for decent Chinese food - finally I decided I would just have to learn to cook it myself. This recipe was my first attempt and it was actually very good! It was all the wonderful flavors I remember from Chinese restaurants on the coast and WAY better than any of the slop they sell out here. I made some minor changes depending on what I had to work with. I couldn't find potato starch to save my life, so I used tempura flour / rice flour. It seemed to fall off a bit during frying so I'd try the potato starch if you can get it, but the pork still turned out great and what remained of the batter was delicious. I added in baby carrots with the other veggies as I love carrots in my sweet and sour pork - they were great! I thought the sauce needed a little extra citrus kick, a little perking up and brightening, so I added about 1/4 cup of grapefruit juice that I had in the fridge and it was just awesome and perfect. Finally I couldn't find any hot peppers at any grocers here (you see what I mean about where I live) so I went with dried ground cayenne. It was a bit too spicy, not quite the right flavor... but still good. If you have to use the dried spice stuff instead of fresh, it will work and be tasty, just make sure you don't overdo it. As far as the recipe goes, it was delightful! It was a lot of work to do but none of it was difficult to manage. The pork turned out WONDERFUL, crunchy on the o

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