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Sweet and sour pork

Tue, 19 November 2019

Sweet and sour pork

It can be tempting to reach for the shop-bought sauces when dinner time rolls around but Chef Edward Hayden joined us this morning with a simple homemade alternative to the take-away classic, sweet and sour pork.

INGREDIENTS

Sweet & Sour Sauce:
1 tablespoon soft light brown sugar
2 tablespoons rice vinegar/white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sherry
4floz/110ml dark soy sauce
175 ml/6fl oz chicken stock
2 tbsp tomato ketchup/chilli jam
1 lighted rounded dessert spoon cornflour mixed with a little water
Dash of Tabasco sauce (optional)

The Main Dish
2 medium sized pork steaks (trimmed of excess sinew) (Approx 1 ½ lb/700g)
½ inch fresh ginger-finely diced
2 cloves garlic-finely diced
Pinch cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons oil
1 carrot-cut into thin strips
1 ½ mixed peppers (½ each red, green, yellow)-cut into thin strips
1 red onion-thinly sliced
6 button mushrooms-thinly sliced
4oz/110g fresh pineapple/1 small tin
1 bunch spring onions

 

METHOD

For the sauce:

- Put the sugar, vinegar, sherry, soy sauce and chicken stock into a medium sized saucepan with the tomato ketchup/chilli jam.

- In a separate bowl mix the cornflour with a little water to make a paste and add this to the liquids in the pot.

- Bring the entire mixture to the boil, whisking occasionally, and then reduce the heat to a simmer for 8-10 minutes until the sauce is of coating consistency.

- Transfer the sauce to a large jug and use as required.

For the main dish:

- Dice the pork into long strips and sprinkle with the cayenne pepper, diced ginger, garlic and oil.

- Mix together and if time allows you can leave them to marinade for an hour or so.

- Heat a wok or frying pan and cook the pork until browned all over-this will probably take about 7-8 minutes.

- Next add in the peppers, onions and carrots (which have been cut into strips) and cook them gently.

- After a further 6-7 minutes, pour in the sweet and sour sauce and bring this mixture to the boil.

- Add in the diced pineapple and chopped spring onions just before you are ready to serve.

- Serve with some basmati rice

Edward's top tip:

When I am cooking the rice I normally add in about ¼ teaspoon of turmeric which gives the rich a beautiful golden colour.
As a guide I would suggest that between 10oz/300g and 12oz/350g rice would be sufficient for 6-8 people.
Use one part rice to 2 parts water to cook the rice.
Rinse the rice with some cold water. Place into a saucepan with the turmeric and the water.
Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally, and then boil for 4-5 minutes.
Turn off the heat and fit the pot with a tight fitting lid until all of the liquid is reduced off. The result is light fluffy rice.
I normally place it in a cup and then invert it onto the plate to get an attractive presentation.

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