Sweet and Sour Pork (The Best Recipe) - Rasa Malaysia (2024)

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Sweet and Sour Pork - The secret to this popular Chinese recipe is in the sweet tangy sauce. Learn how to make easy sweet and sour sauce at home!

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What Is Sweet and Sour Pork?

Sweet and Sour Pork is an iconic Chinese recipe and classic Cantonese dish.

Called “咕嚕肉” or “goo lou yok” in Cantonese dialect, this recipe is very pleasing to the palate because of the flavorsome sweet and sour sauce—the sweetness from sugar plus the tangy ketchup and sharp rice vinegar—with the crispy fried pork pieces.

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Delicious Sweet and Sour Sauce

The secret of an authentic sweet and sour pork dish lies in the perfect balance of the sweet vs. sour taste of the sauce, the soul of this dish.

I am going to teach you how to make perfect homemade sweet and sour sauce and share my secret ingredients!

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Secret Ingredients

Other than rice vinegar and ketchup, I also use Chinese plum sauce to add some extra zing, plus a few dashes of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce and oyster sauce to complete the perfect balance of flavor.

Once you master the techniques of homemade sweet and sour sauce, you can make authentic and restaurant quality Chinese food at home!

  • Plum Sauce
  • Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
  • Oyster Sauce
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Crispy Frying Batter

The frying batter for the pork is equally important. The fried pork has to be crispy, airy and crunchy, so when they are stir-fried with the sweet and sour sauce, the pork will remain crispy and not soggy and swim in the sauce.

How Many Calories per Serving?

This recipe is only 402 calories per serving.

Serve Sweet and Sour Pork With:

For a wholesome dinner, I recommend the following dishes.

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Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe

Authentic sweet and sour pork recipe that is better than your favorite Chinese restaurants.

4.55 from 117 votes


By Bee Yinn Low

Yield 2 people

Prep 10 minutes mins

Cook 10 minutes mins

Total 20 minutes mins


  • 1/2 lb (250g) pork tenderloin, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 green bell pepper (cut into pieces)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (and cut into pieces)
  • 2 stalks scallions (only the white part, cut into 2 inch (5cm) length)
  • 1 piece fresh/canned pineapple ring (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 clove garlic (finely chopped)
  • oil for frying


  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon rice wine

Frying Batter:

  • 2 oz. (60g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 oz. (30g) corn starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 egg
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • 1 pinch salt

Sweet and Sour Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon plum sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon Chinese rice vinegar (transparent in color)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • Cut the pork tenderloin into pieces and marinate with the ingredients for 15-20 minutes.

  • Mix the sweet and sour sauce ingredients well and set aside.

  • Strain the dry ingredients of the frying batter and then add in the egg, water, and cooking oil to form a thick batter.

  • When the pork is well-marinated, transfer the pork pieces into the batter and make sure they are well coated. In a deep skillet, add in the cooking oil enough for deep-frying. Once the oil is hot, deep fry the pork pieces until they turn golden brown. Dish out and drain on paper towels.

  • Heat up a wok and add in some cooking oil. Add in the chopped garlic and stir fry until light brown, then follow by the bell peppers and pineapple pieces. Stir fry until you smell the peppery aroma from the peppers and then add in the sweet and sour sauce.

  • As soon as the sauce thickenens, transfer the pork into the wok and stir well with the sauce. Add in the chopped scallions, do a few quick stirs, dish out and serve hot with steamed white rice.


Course: Chinese Recipes

Cuisine: Chinese

Keywords: Sweet and Sour Pork


Nutrition Facts

Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe

Amount Per Serving (2 people)

Calories 402Calories from Fat 72

% Daily Value*

Fat 8g12%

Saturated Fat 2g13%

Cholesterol 115mg38%

Sodium 758mg33%

Carbohydrates 52g17%

Fiber 3g13%

Sugar 11g12%

Protein 29g58%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.

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