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?
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
- Combine pork, teriyaki sauce and ginger; let stand 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, blend together next 4 ingredients; set aside.
- 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.
- Remove pork. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in same pan. Add bell pepper and onion; stir-fry 2 minutes.
- Add pork, pineapple, cherries and sweet & sour sauce mixture; cook, stirring, until sauce boils.
Recipe and photo courtesy of Kikkoman