Gū lǎo ròu – Pork sweet/sour

Of course the dish can also be served with chicken or beef, but it is original with pork.

Ingredients for 4 persons:

1 kg pork in cubes (2×2 cm)

1 can of pineapple in pieces

1 cucumber in pieces (optionally paprika or/and sprouts)

1/2 cup starch

6 cups oil


½ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon of starch

1 tablespoon of water

1 egg yolk


6 tablespoons vinegar (Chinese would be best, but white balsamic vinegar is also possible)

10 tablespoons of water or juice

6 tablespoons ketchup

4 tablespoons of sugar

3 tablespoons starch

2 teaspoons sesame oil


Marinate the meat pieces for at least half an hour. Then mix the meat with half a cup of starch and fry in parts in very hot oil for two minutes. Take it out and put it on a kitchen paper. Then deep-fry again for another 2 minutes.

Now pour off the oil to about 2 tablespoons. Turn off the heat and put the pineapple and the cucumber in the pan. Mix the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl and pour over the pineapple/cucumbers. Bring to the boil briefly. Put the meat into it and serve immediately.

Rice 😉 goes well with this, of course.

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