Munch Sweet and Sour Pork while watching Scrooged
Hello and welcome to Of Faeries and Fauna, I am excited to be participating in the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop for the very first time! I need to send big thank you to Shirley from Intelligent Domestications for organizing this entire hop. It is a huge job and it was very kind of her to include me. We have 12 fun-filled days of Christmas projects to share with you. For today’s post I made a Sweet and Sour Pork recipe.
Welcome to the third annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!
Chinese Food Recipes for During Christmas Holidays
One of our family traditions that really has nothing to do with Christmas is having a Movie binge-watching weekend and I would make foods to go with the theme. Although we did this often I never once considered it for Christmas. Joining the 12 days of Christmas blog hop made us think of it.
Over the Christmas vacation, it will be great to just binge watch two or three Christmas movies and maybe eat the themed food.
One of my favorite Christmas Movies is Scrooged. In the movie, Bill Murray’s character remembers where him and his oh so better half Claire meet and share Chinese food. I think its very different from the average Christmas fare so I made some for my brood.
I am going to share a couple of my homemade recipes for Sweet and Sour Pork and Fried Rice. I learned to make Chinese food eons ago with a Chinese Canadian Chef from Vancouver, he had a show called Wok With Yan. Definitely a video from the 80s where he is making the recipe for Sweet and Sour Pork.
This is my version that is almost identical.
The reason homemade sweet and sour never tastes like the restaurant type is that they batter and deep fry their pork first. If you want restaurant style you need to deep fry it. (If you just want the sauce you can just roast the pork until cooked crispy )
Restaurant Style Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe
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1 1/2 pounds pork butt roast, cut into small chunks
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 cup cornstarch
Oil for frying
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2 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup vinegar
2/3 cup brown sugar
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While your deep fry oil is heating up. Cut the pork into small chunks place in a bowl.
Add the egg, salt, and cornstarch and mix together until very lightly battered.
Be very cautious and only fry a few pieces at a time so the oil does not overflow the fryer. Deep fry the pork pieces a few at a time until golden and set aside on paper towel. Repeat until all the pork is cooked.
While the pork is deep frying.
Cut up 1 large carrot and 1 green pepper
In a small bowl add:
2 tbsp corn starch
1/2 cup water
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2/3 cup brown sugar
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Add to a wok or large pan. Add vegetable and cook until sauce thickens and veggies cook a little bit (5 min).
Add the cooked pork. Toss and serve.
This sweet and sour pork recipe freezes very well. I actually made two batches of this expecting to freeze the second batch when the brood ate it all. They said it was too good to leave any. I made another easy side dish that is standard Chinese restaurant fare.
Chinese Fried Rice with Vegetables
The most important thing I know about making fried rice is you need to do it with real rice (not instant) that has been cooked and left until cold. Otherwise, it goes kind of pasty.
4 tbsp peanut oil (don’t substitute)
6 cups cooked cold rice
2 green onions
4 tbsp dark soya sauce
2 tsp rice wine
Heat the oil in a wok or very large frying pan. Add the vegetables and cook for two or three minutes.
Add the soya sauce and wine.
Add the rice, make sure to break it up into individual grains with the spatula.
Stir it around until the rice is hot and covered in the sauce. Place in a bowl.
I put sesame seeds on mine but its totally optional.
Be sure to visit our fellow 12 Days of Christmas Bloggers below for even more creative ideas this holiday season!