Crispy Honey Garlic Pork Chops: A Sweet and Tangy Delight

The Perfect Takeout Alternative

Are you craving a mouthwatering dish that combines the perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess? Look no further than our Honey Garlic Pork Chops! This Chinese stir-fry creation features juicy pork tenderloin, bell peppers, onion, and pineapple, all coated in a crispy batter and tossed in a delectable sweet and tangy sauce. Say goodbye to takeout and treat your family to a classic Sweet and Sour Pork experience, served alongside our Easy Fried Rice.

sweet and sour pork with vegetables in a wok

A Chinese Staple: Sweet and Sour Pork

It’s no surprise that sweet and sour pork can be found on almost every Chinese restaurant menu. This Asian staple consists of perfectly deep-fried pieces of meat, coated in a vibrant sauce that offers a delightful blend of sweet and tart flavors. While it may seem like a complicated dish to make, we’ve broken down this recipe into two simple sections, allowing you to easily recreate this homemade delight in your own kitchen.

Hey there, I’m Jessica Gavin, a Certified Culinary Scientist. Over on my website, I share the science behind better cooking. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to present this tasty creation on Karina’s mouth-watering website. In this recipe, not only will you enjoy the flavors, but you’ll also get a chance to practice your breading and sauce-making techniques.

metal tongs holding up a piece of deep-fried pork

Prepare to be amazed as we take you through the mastery of deep frying, which adds that enticing texture that keeps you coming back for more. Combined with a fast and authentic sauce, this dish is sure to please any crowd.

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How to Create the Perfect Sweet and Sour Pork

To ensure even cooking, start by cutting the pork into consistently sized 1-inch cubes. Then, use the standard breading technique, coating the pork with flour, followed by egg and another layer of flour. When deep frying, make sure to use a high smoke point oil such as peanut or vegetable oil and maintain an oil temperature between 350 to 375°F. Fry the pork in batches to prevent sticking and ensure the oil remains hot.

What sets this dish apart from traditional stir-fries is the light flour coating that adds an extra layer of crispiness to the fried pork pieces. Feel free to savor a little taste before adding the sauce; the texture is reminiscent of fried chicken, providing that satisfying crunch. Now, it’s time to make the sauce!

metal tongs dipping pork into flour

The Perfect Flavor Combination

To enhance the flavors even further, we’ve added diced onions, bell peppers, and pineapple to this dish. These fresh and colorful ingredients complement the sauce, delivering a delightful combination of sweetness and acidity. Cook them in a stir-fry style, ensuring they retain their crisp-tender texture.

pouring sauce into a wok filled with pork and vegetables

A Simpler, Tastier Sweet and Sour Sauce

Our sweet and sour sauce is created using simple ingredients that come together effortlessly. While most recipes call for ketchup, we’ve reversed-engineered the recipe to provide you with a more wholesome and flavorful version. The addition of cornstarch mixed with water creates a slurry, which thickens the sauce and gives it a rich and glossy appearance. This thickness allows the sauce to cling to the pork, creating a truly delicious experience.

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homemade sweet and sour pork cooking in a wok

A Recipe Worth the Effort

While this recipe may require a few extra steps, the end result is undoubtedly worth it. The crispy breading provides an unmatched texture, and experimenting with cooking techniques adds a touch of excitement to your culinary journey. For the ultimate comfort food experience, serve the pork alongside a generous bowl of steamed rice. Trust us, it’s irresistible. If you love this recipe, you’ll surely enjoy our easy shrimp stir fry too. Happy cooking!

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