Tangcu Liji (sweet And Sour Pork)


Have you ever had Chinese sweet and sour pork? A super easy recipe with only a few ingredients. Ready in 35 minutes, recipe for 4 people.

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Tangcu Liji (sweet and sour pork)
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2018-10-25, this recipe is for 4 people and takes 35 minutes.

Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.

Updated at: 15-02-2021

35 minutes 4 people Main course
Tangcu Liji (sweet and sour pork)


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  • 4 pieces of pork of your choice
  • cornstarch
  • sunflower oil
  • 1 bottle of tomato ketchup, a cheap one will do
  • sugar
  • vinegar
Tangcu Liji (sweet and sour pork) ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • cutting board & chef's knife
  • wok + wok burner
  • large bowl
  • colander or sieve
  • large skimmer

Tangcu Liji (sweet And Sour Pork)

35 minutes 4 people Main course

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Preparation -- 10 minutes

note: this is a chinese recipe, most is on intuition.  

Make sure you're meat is defrosted completely if needed, otherwise they won't become crispy. Divide the meat into quite small strips, there's no need to remove any fat or muscles first.

Place the meat in a large bowl and cover with quite a lot of cornstarch, make sure all pieces are completely covered. It's important that the meat is as dry as possible and covered in cornstarch for a lovely crispy result.  

Tangcu Liji
Tangcu Liji

Finishing the Tangcu Liji -- 25 minutes

Heat quite a large amount of sunflower oil in a large wok on medium-high heat. Make sure you'll have enough oil to cook all the meat at one. If it doesn't fit, it's best to add less oil and cook the meat in batches instead of a too crowded pan.

If the oil is hot, but not too hot, you can add the meat. Make sure they won't stick together and continue until all the pieces are beautiful golden brown. Transfer the meat and oil to a sieve on top of a large bowl, you also have to remove the oil.

Heat the wok again without the oil and add a few dashes of vinegar. Be careful: make sure you'll have a working ventilation, boiling vinegar has an unpleasant smell.

Add about 4 to 5 tablespoons of sugar and stir until the sugar has dissolved completely. As soon as that happened, you can also add tomato ketchup. About half a bottle, more or less to taste.  

The easy sweet and sour sauce is now ready. Add the crispy pork meat back to the pan and combine well until the pork is completely coated with sauce.

Heat about a minute before serving with some rice and a salad. Enjoy!

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