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Crispy Sweet & Sour Pork (Guo Bao Rou) | MasterClass | Authentic Restaurant Recipes

Crispy Sweet & Sour Pork (Guo Bao Rou) | MasterClass | Authentic Restaurant Recipes
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This authentic North Eastern Chinese recipe of sweet and sour crispy pork is guaranteed to become your next favorite dish! Here’s what we look for in a well-executed Guo Bao Rou: robust sweet and sour flavor and a super crunchy and crispy texture that’s tender inside.

PRE TIME: 25 min
  • 8 oz. Pork tenderloin
  • Marinade
  • 1/8 tsp. Ground salt
  • 1 tbsp. Shaoxing wine
  • 1/8 tsp. White pepper
  • Sauce
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. White vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp. Light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp. Potato starch
  • Batter
  • 1 cup Potato starch
  • 1 cup Water
  • Frying
  • 2 Qt Cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup Corn starch
  • Garnish
  • Shredded ginger
  • Chopped Cilantro
Cut the pork tenderloin into 2-3mm thick slices. Keep the thickness of each slice as even as possible. Thus, they will be done at the same time.
Marinating: combine pork, salt, Shaoxing wine, and ground white pepper in a bowl. Toss to mix thoroughly. Set aside for 20-30 minutes.
Cut the ginger into thin slices first; then cut into fine strips. Put the strips in a bowl of water.
Making the sauce: Combine sugar, rice vinegar, white vinegar, light soy sauce, and potato slurry in a bowl. Mix well. Set aside.
Making the batter: Combine potato starch and water in a bowl. (The ratio is 1 part potato starch to 1 part water. Just cover the starch with the water.) Slowly pour out the water. Keep the soaked starch in the bowl. With a small pan over medium-low heat add 1/2 cup of cornstarch and 1 cup of water. Stir constantly while cooking until transparent and sticky. Pour into a large bowl. Add in the soaked potato starch. Stir with your fingers. Gradually add another 0.5-1 cup of water while mixing. Note: Be patient when adding water, don't add it at one time. Divide it into 2-3 times. Thus you can control the consistency of the batter.
Put the pork in the batter. Toss to coat every piece with the batter evenly.
With a wok over medium heat, bring 2qt of the oil to 300°F/150°C. Put the pork in slice by slice cook for 1-2 minutes until the pork slices tighten up. Remove from the oil. As the oil temperature reaches 300°F/150°C, re-fry the pork slices again for 20-30 seconds until golden. Remove and drain.
With another pan over medium heat, add the sauce prepared in step 4. Bring to a boil. Add the pork slices, and quickly stir until all pork slices coat with the sauce. Add ginger strips and cilantro. Quickly stir several times.
Serve and enjoy!
Final Notes
Final Notes
Features of this dish: golden color, translucent glaze, crisp on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside, sweet and sour, and delicious.
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