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Chinese Food-Sweet n Sour Pork ( the Healthy version)

Posted on May 24, 2011 by in pork

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Chinese Food-Sweet n Sour Pork

Chinese Food-Sweet n Sour Pork. I think the first Chinese food I ever had was Sweet n Sour Pork. I felt so sophisticated the first time I had it, like I was about to tell the world: “I have been to China and now I am eating real Chinese food!”
Chinese Food-Sweet n Sour Pork. Of course we all know this could not be further from the truth, because I have not been to China yet and Sweet n Sour Pork as we know it, is most probably such a watered down Westernized version of the real deal, that a Chinese would walk pass it without recognizing it!
Nevertheless, it was delicious when I first tried it many years ago and since then I have rated every Chinese restaurant on how well they can make their Sweet n Sour Pork. I have had some delicious Chinese food in my days, strangely mostly at markets, never at a restaurant! I am not too sure why that is. I have also tried my hand at making this dish several times, sometimes with great success and other times, well…let’s just not go there!

Chinese Food-Sweet n Sour Pork

A while ago, I attended the launch/demo of the new Phillips Air Fryerand although we had the opportunity to work hands on with the appliance and try some of the snacks that were prepared in it, I wanted to bring an Air Fryer home and work with it in my own kitchen. Within half an hour of the machine being in my kitchen, my children all made their own hot chips with no effort at all and I was happy to know that there is not a pot of hot oil involved, which quite frankly sends shivers down my spine. The thing is, we cannot eat hot chips 7 days a week, so I wanted to experiment with the machine to see what meals I can create in it. My Sweet n Sour Pork was the third meal in a row that I have created in it.So without further ado……..

Chinese Food-Sweet n Sour Pork

Sweet n Sour Pork
serves 4


500gr pork mince
1 spring onion chopped – green and white part
1 red chili – chopped
a handful of chopped coriander
1 clove garlic crushed
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger

Mix all the ingredients together, shape into mini meatballs and fry in Phillips Air Fryer for 8 minutes or fry in a pan with a little oil until they are nicely browned. Keep warm

Chinese Food-Sweet n Sour Pork

For the Sweet n Sour Sauce

3/4 cup white sugar
¼ cup white vinegar or rice vinegar
a dash of soy
2 tsp grated fresh ginger
2 heaped tsp corn flour mixed with a little water
2 sliced of pineapple – cut into very small dice

Place vinegar, sugar, ginger and pineapple in a small pot and bring to the boil. Add the soy sauce and then thicken with the cornflour. Serve over the pork meatballs on Jasmin or basmati rice, Sprinkle fresh coriander and chopped spring onion over the top.

 Last change to enter the give-away!

With all the long weekends we have had, it is rather difficult to get into the routine of a 5 day work week, I think it is time for another weekend and what better place to spend it in than in the beautiful Garden Route town, Knysna! I want to send one lucky visitor to my site and a friend or partner  to the Graywood Hotel in Knysna.  There the two of you can stay in the lap of luxury, lounging around the pool or explore all the interesting markets, shops and sights the Garden Route has to offer. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? 

Chinese Food-Sweet n Sour Pork
How to enter?

Simply answer this easy question by leaving a comment on my site and you could be the lucky winner. The answer to the question, can be found here!


How many rooms does the Graywood Hotel have?
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15 Responses to “Chinese Food-Sweet n Sour Pork ( the Healthy version)”

  1. Sarah 24 May 2011 at 8:53 am #

    The beautiful hotel has 49 luxurious rooms!!! I'd love to win this!!!

  2. Anonymous 24 May 2011 at 11:14 am #

    Just a quick Q.
    This is said to be the healthy version, but you use 3/4 cup of sugear in the sauce…are there any alternatives?

    • JT 13 April 2014 at 3:25 pm #

      You can use honey. I use honey as a sub for sugar in most dishes I cook, and they tastes even better!

    • Liz 9 March 2016 at 10:13 am #

      You could try coconut sugar in a smaller amount.

      • nerinatimm 9 March 2016 at 3:30 pm #


  3. Charnell 24 May 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    There are 49 luxury rooms.
    Your recipe is amazing! Thanks

  4. PinkPolkaDot 24 May 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    This sounds delicious and healthy!! Beautiful pics as always!!

  5. thecompletecookbook 25 May 2011 at 8:12 am #

    Oh my, how did I miss your give-away! There are 49 room. 😀
    I remember reading about the Dry Fryer on Browniegirl's blog – I really would love to get my hand on one when we get home at the end of next month.
    I have never made sweet and sour pork with mince before it sounds great – my unhealthy version is usually a battered version.
    🙂 Mandy

  6. Marisa 25 May 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Whaddaya mean you can't eat chips 7 days a week? 😉

    I like that the pork doesn't have the normal batter, though it still looks super tasty! You're a lucky lady indeed to have that air fryer.

    PS: Answer to question is 49.

  7. Burnese 26 May 2011 at 8:28 am #

    The Hotel has 49 luxury rooms!

    This Recipe sounds delicious! I'll be joining your blog now for more good stuff!

  8. coffe 29 May 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    i like chinese food…

  9. Anonymous 3 June 2011 at 11:43 am #

    Die appeltert op Kwelas het baie lekker gelyk. Ek gaan dit nog probeer.

    Daar is 49 kamers.

  10. Anonymous 24 January 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    How do you prevent the meat from sticking onto the basket? Mh

    • Daisy 12 August 2015 at 4:24 pm #

      Every few minutes shake the basket.


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