Sweet & Sour Pork Recipe | Chinese style

Tien Ma’s Sweet & Sour Pork

Nate’s favorite dish of all time has gotta be sweet & sour pork. It is his default order whenever we eat at Tien Ma’s and all other Chinese eating places. He can finish one order that is usually good for 2 or 3 persons to share. So, of course, I need to perfect my sweet & sour pork recipe, para naman hindi nakakahiya sa anak ko. Hehe.
sweet sour pork recipe chinese style

The most important ingredient in a good sweet & sour pork recipe is the pork, siyempre. It has to be tender, well seasoned, and not overcooked. I use porkloin and buy it from the meat shop already cut into steaks or chops. I then slice the chops into 3 x 1 inch strips.

I marinate the pork strips for at least an hour in a mixture of pineapple juice, soy sauce, onion powder, ground black pepper, salt, some cornstarch and flour, plus a pinch of baking powder. Baking powder is the secret to crunchy pork breading! I also chill the meat in the ref before frying for that extra crunch.

The next most important part of the dish is the sweet & sour sauce. We like it to be on the sweet side, and not too tangy.

Here’s the recipe –

Sweet Sour pork recipe family meal

Sweet & Sour Pork Recipe | Chinese Style


500 grams porkloin, well drained, cut into 3 inch strips

2 cups cooking oil for deep frying

Pork Marinade:

1/3 cup pineapple juice (or the syrup from can of pineapple chunks)

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp onion powder (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

1/3 cup cornstarch

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder


4 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped

1 big white onion, chopped

1/2 cup pineapple chunks

1 medium carrot, sliced into strips (or semi circles, hehe)

1 medium bell pepper, sliced into strips

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup vinegar

3 tbsp tomato ketchup

3 tbsp soy sauce

3 tbsp honey

2 tbsp corn starch

1 tsp salt


  1. Pat dry the pork slices and place in a bowl. Add the ingredients for “Pork Marinade” and mix well. Chill in the ref for at least one hour.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the liquids and powders for the sauce – brown sugar, vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, honey, cornstarch and salt. Mix well until the sugar dissolves. Set aside.
  3. Take the pork from the ref. Heat oil in a frying pan. I like to use a small pan and deep-fry the pork in batches. Make sure the oil is smoking hot (CAREFUL!) before adding the pork slices. Reduce fire to low and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Don’t overcook. If the pork strips are really thin, it may only take 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Fry the pork slices in small batches till golden brown. Remove from pan and drain. Set fried pork slices aside.
  5. Remove excess oil from pan, and leave just enough for sauteing. Saute garlic, onion, carrots and bell pepper over low to med fire. Cook for about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  6. Pour the mixed liquids for sauce into the pan. Let the sauce simmer over low heat till thickened. Stir in the pineapple chunks and the fried pork.

Sweet & sour pork recipe chinese style on rice

There you go – Chinese style sweet & sour pork. Always best enjoyed with steaming white rice! 😀

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