Sweet & Sour Pork

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The holidays may be over, but the feasting is just beginning. Feb. 7 marks the start of the 15-day Chinese New Year festival and the first day of lunar year 4706. Why not get together for an authentic-style banquet at home?

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Our end-of-the-week recipe features a Chinese classic: sweet & sour pork. All of the ingredients should be available at your local natural and organic food store.

Sweet & Sour Pork

Makes 4 to 6 servings

  • 1 pound boneless pork sirloin, cut into 3/4-inch cubes 
  • 2 tablespoons teriyaki marinade & sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger 
  • 3/4 cup sweet & sour sauce 
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons syrup from jar of natural maraschino cherries (available at Trader Joe’s and natural food stores) 
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce 
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch 
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided 
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch squares 
  • 1/2 onion, cut into 1-inch chunks 
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained 
  • 1/2 cup natural maraschino cherries, stemmed
  1. Combine pork, teriyaki sauce and ginger; let stand 15 minutes. 
  2. Meanwhile, blend together next 4 ingredients; set aside. 
  3. Coat pork with cornstarch. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork in single layer. Cook 4 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring to separate pieces. 
  4. Remove pork. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in same pan. Add bell pepper and onion; stir-fry 2 minutes. 
  5. Add pork, pineapple, cherries and sweet & sour sauce mixture; cook, stirring, until sauce boils.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Kikkoman

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