Sweet and Sour Pork Strips

(Last Updated on January 3, 2024 by Amiee)

Today’s sweet and sour pork strips is a classic traditional dish to pair with white wine perfectly. Chinese call it 糖醋里脊, Koreans should call it 糖醋肉里脊 translated into English is tenderloin, which refers to the meat on the inside of the spine of a pig. Now, the ingredient is not limited to tenderloin, it can be lean pork from other parts, or pork belly, as long as you like. I watch a lot of Korean dramas and this dish is one of the top takeaway orders.

There are also many versions of the paste for pork, adding egg white and starch, eggs and flour, and so on. Whatever you do, as long as the fried pork strips are crispy enough, it’s a success. The method I used was to marinate the pork strips with egg and starch, dipped them in dry starch, and fried them in hot oil. It is best to fry the pork strips twice, the time to mix with the sweet ans sour sauce, preferably a few seconds, and then turn off the heat immediately. This will not affect the crispness.

I remember going to the wedding receptions as a kid and this dish had to be on the menu. There are also some dishes like sixi pork balls, crispy fried pork with sauce, and candied floss sweet potato, which must be on the table of wedding banquets. I don’t know other people’s hobbies, I am very fond of dishes with sweet and sour taste. A plate of sweet and sour pork strips and a few glasses of white wine can make me temporarily forget the troubles of the COVID -19 and enjoy the delicious food and nice time.

Sweet and Sour Pork Strips

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 1


  • Pot for deep-frying
  • Wok for stir-frying


  • 250 gram lean pork, cut into strips
  • For marinating pork
  • 1 tablespoon starch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 pepper corn powder
  • one egg
  • 1 teaspoon cooking wine
  • For sauce
  • 4 tablespoon ketchup
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon starch
  • 7 tablespoon water
  • For deep frying
  • 9 tablespoon starch
  • 2 cup oil
  • 1 tablespoon cooked white sesame ( optional)


  • Add starch, egg, pepper corn powder to the pork strips, marinating for 10 minutes
  • Let every strip be in the dry starch
  • Add oil to the wok, heat over medium heat, when the oil temperature reaches about 200 degrees, deep frying the pork strips
  • When finished, fried them twice
  • Add ketchup, vinegar, sugar, starch, water to a bowl, mixed well
  • Add the mixed sauce to another wok, bring to a boil, add fried pork, mixed well, about several seconds, turn off the heat immediately.
  • Top with cooked white sesame
  • Serve warm.
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