Sweet and sour pork Zhejiang style: Asian recipe

I remember years ago when visiting a Chinese restaurant that one of my favorite dishes was sweet and sour pork. I was excited about that thick red sauce that accompanied those crispy bits of meat. Now it has been a long time since I have gone to a restaurant of this type and when I get the morriña I prepare at home this recipe for sweet and sour pork in Zhejiang style, a version without pepper or onion that I love.

This recipe is quick and easy enough to prepare, but you will need a good shallow frying pan to fry the pork twice and thus obtain the characteristic batter of this Chinese version.


For 4 people
  • Pork loin
  • Soy sauce 30 ml
  • Worcestershire or Perrins sauce 30 ml
  • Egg 1
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Water 240 ml
  • Soy sauce for the sauce 60 ml
  • Ketchup 100 g
  • Rice vinegar 60 ml
  • Sugar 80 g
  • Salt to taste
  • Cornstarch express to taste
  • Wheat flour for battering 50 g
  • Cornstarch for batter 50 g
  • Sesame seeds to taste
  • Corn oil for frying

How to make sweet and sour pork in Zhejiang style

Difficulty: easy
  • Total time 45 m
  • Elaboration 15 m
  • Cooking 30 m
  • Repose 30 m

We will start by cutting the pork loin meat into strips and transfer it to a bowl to marinate it. Then we add the soy sauce, the Perrins sauce, the white pepper, the salt and a beaten egg, stir with a spoon so that the meat is impregnated and leave in the fridge to marinate for a minimum of half an hour.

On the other hand, once the time of marinating in a tray has passed, we mix the cornstarch and the flour and we coat the pieces of meat in this mixture.

We prepare a deep frying pan with plenty of corn or sunflower oil and at medium temperature we fry the battered pork strips. Remove for a tray with absorbent paper and raise the temperature of the oil to stronger, re-frying the pieces of meat and thus obtaining a crispier batter.

In a thick-bottomed saucepan, add a little oil, heat it and pour the soy sauce, rice vinegar, ketchup, sugar and salt. We remove this mixture for a minute, add the water and cook everything together for eight minutes over medium heat. Then we gradually add cornstarch express until we achieve the thickness of the sauce that we like. Add the meat, mix everything and serve very hot, sprinkling some toasted sesame seeds.

What to accompany the sweet and sour pork in Zhejiang style

This Zhejiang-style sweet and sour pork recipe is perfect for pairing with simply cooked basmati rice. It is a dish that the whole family usually likes and simple and easy to make for the home cook.

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