Lip-smacking sweet and sour pork

Make a big batch of this sauce and keep it in the fridge to rustle up quick dinners. Use it with pork, chicken or beef strips, toss through mince or even with fish.

 Less than 30 minutes

Serves 2-3

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  • Sweet and sour sauce:
  • 1 Tbsp (15ml) sesame oil
  • 2 spring onions, sliced 
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped 
  • 2 tsp (10ml) chopped fresh ginger
  • 3 Tbsp (45ml) tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp (30ml) honey 
  • 1⁄2 can (220g) pineapple chunks, drained
  • 2 Tbsp (30ml) rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp (30ml) Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1⁄4 cup (60ml) soy sauce 
  • 1⁄4 cup (60ml) water
  • 2 tsp (10ml) cornflour 
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • Salt and milled pepper


  • 500g deboned pork leg
  • Salt and milled pepper
  • Oil, for deep-frying
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) cake flour
  • ¼ cup (60ml) cornflour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 red, green or yellow peppers, deseeded and chopped
  • Handful sesame seeds
  • Flatbreads or egg-fried rice, lime wedges and sliced spring onion, for serving


  1. For sauce, heat oil in a wok or large pan and fry spring onion, garlic and ginger for 2 minutes.
  2. Add tomato paste and honey and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add pineapple, rice vinegar, Worcestershire and soy sauces and water, and simmer gently for 5 minutes. 
  4. Mix a little cold water with cornflour.
  5. Whisk this paste into sauce and cook for 2-3 minutes until thickened. 
  6. Season with lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  7. Cut pork into large chunks and season generously.
  8. Heat enough oil in a pot for deep-frying.
  9. Combine flours in a bowl and whisk eggs in a separate bowl.
  10. Dip pork chunks into flour, then egg, and again into flour.
  11. Deep-fry pork in batches for 5-6 minutes or until cooked through and golden. Set aside to drain on paper towel.
  12. Fry onion and peppers in a glug of oil in a pan until golden.
  13. Add sweet and sour sauce and pork, and toss to coat evenly.
  14. Season, sprinkle with sesame seeds and spring onion, add a squeeze of lime juice and serve with flatbreads or egg-fried rice.


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