There’s just something about the weekend that always gives me this feeling of anticipation and thrill. Though it’s been years since I’ve participated in any TGIF drinking binge, the urge to go out and get intoxicated is still there. Blame my University days.
Nowadays, I’ve found that the cure to my “weekend crazies” is to just cook something that is a great beer buddy and relax at home with Van (with a drink or two cooling its ass off in the fridge). So, if you’re thinking of cooking something interesting for the weekend that goes splendidly with drinks, my Spicy Pork in a Sweet-Sour Sauce might do the trick.
It’s easy to make, works as a finger food and taste really good with that sweet-sour sauce and the spiced crunchy pork strip combo. In terms of heat though, this is just a little mild. But if you truly want to heat it up, add some hot sauce. Personally, I think it might interfere with the taste a bit so I didn’t add any to my dish but had it as a side dip instead.
Spicy Pork Strips in Sweet and Sour Sauce
- 1 pound pork cubes, cut into strips 1/2-inch wide and 2-inches long
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
- 1 1/2 tablespoon butter
- 3-5 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- Ground red pepper, to taste
- Ground black pepper, to taste
- Salt, to taste
- Oil, for deep frying
- Spring onion, chopped (optional)
For the Flour Mixture:
- 1/2 cup flour, add more if needed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
1. Wash and pat dry the pork then place in a bowl. Season with salt, ground black pepper and ground red pepper according to taste. Cover and let sit for 15 minutes.
2. Prepare flour mixture by combining flour, salt ground black pepper and red pepper. Mix thoroughly.
3. Coat the pork evenly with the flour mixture then deep fry. Place fried coated pork in a plate with a paper towel underneath to absorb excess oil. Set aside.
4. In a small pan, add the butter. When the butter has completely melted, put in the crushed garlic. Sauté until golden brown.
5. Add the onion and stir fry until they have become transparent.
6. Put in the fried coated pork. Add the soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce and stir fry for a minute then add the ketchup. Turn off the stove and stir to coat all pork strips with the ketchup.
7. Serve in a plate and garnish with the chopped spring onions.
8. Best when paired with a cup of steamed white rice and a bottle or two of your favorite beverage of choice! Enjoy!
Happy Weekend! And drink moderately. *wink*