Sweet and Sour Pork - Gu Lu Rou

Sweet and sour pork (Gu-lu Rou or Gu-lu Meat in Mandarin) is a highly popular and common Cantonese dish, and is also one of the most wellknown in the Western world.

However, what the Chinese takeaways often offer comes in a rather synthetic tasting sauce. Why not try making your own authentic sweet and sour pork with 100% natural and fresh ingredients?

Ingredients:

Main

  • 200g pork
  • 2 round slices pineapple
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red chili
  • 1 large red onion

Marinade

  • 1 teaspoon light soya sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons corn flour

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar/apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca flour
  • 5 tablespoons water

Preparation:

  1. Clean the pork thoroughly, dry, and cut into bite size (about 3mm thickness). Coat well with the marinade ingredients and set aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Clean and cut the bell pepper into bite size chunks, and the red chili into thin slices; both seeds discarded.
  3. Cut the onion into 8 wedges.
  4. Cut the pineapple into similar size to the bell pepper.
  5. In a bowl, mix all the sauce ingredients together.
  6. Heat plenty of oil in a wok and deep fry the pork till cooked and golden brown. Remove from oil and place in a plate lined with a serving dish lined with some lettuce.
  7. Discard the used oil, heat a fresh tablespoon of oil and add in the bell pepper, red chili and onion wedges. Stirfry for about a minute then add in the pineapple and the sauce mix. Cook will sauce is thickened, constantly stirring.
  8. Pour in the sauce mix and stirfry till the sauce is evenly mixed-in and thickened.
  9. Pour it over the pork in the dish and serve with steaming-hot boiled rice.

Versatility Note:

  1. Many would like to deep fry the pork in batter. Just mix half an egg with 2 tablespoons of flour to make a batter and dip the pork in it before frying.
  2. Instead of pouring the cooked vegetable and sauce over the pork, you can also add the pork in the wok and have a quick stirfry with the vegetable. This way the pork will be coated with the sweet and sour sauce completely.
  3. Should you have no time to whip up your own homemade tomato sauce, you can easily replace it with any shop bought ketchup or tomato sauce. But just make sure that you reduce the sugar used in the recipe as these products are generally high in sugar content.