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Authentic Sweet and Sour Pork

3/4 lb Lean boneless pork
1 tb Rice wine or dry sherry
1 tb Light soy sauce
1/2 ts Salt
1 sm Green bell pepper
1 sm Red bell pepper
1 Carrot
2 Scallions
1 Egg, beaten
2 tb Cornstarch
2 c Oil, preferably peanut
3 oz Canned leches, drained, or:
1 -fresh orange in segments


Sauce
2/3 c Chicken stock
1 tb Light soy sauce
1/2 ts Salt
1 1/2 tb Chinese white rice vinegar or cider vinegar
1 tb Sugar
1 tb Tomato paste
1 ts Cornstarch
1 ts Water


CUT THE PORK INTO 1-INCH cubes. Put the cubes into a bowl together with the rice wine or sherry, 1 tablespoon of light soy sauce and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and marinate for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, cut the green and red peppers into 1-inch squares. Peel and cut the carrot and scallions into 1-inch chunks. Bring a pot of water to a boil and blanch the carrots in it for 4 minutes; drain and set aside. Mix the egg and cornstarch in a bowl until they are well blended into a batter. Lift the pork cubes out of the marinade, put them into the batter and coat each piece well. Heat the oil in a deep-fat fryer or large wok until it is almost smoking. Remove the pork pieces from the batter with a slotted spoon, and deep-fry them. Drain the deep-fried pork cubes on paper towels. Combine the chicken stock, soy sauce, salt, vinegar, sugar and tomato paste in a large saucepan. Bring it to a boil. Add vegetables (not the leches or oranges.) Stir well. In a small bowl, blend together the cornstarch and water. Stir this mixture into the sauce and bring it back to a boil. Turn the heat down to a simmer. Add the leches or oranges and pork cubes. Mix well, and then turn the mixture onto a deep platter. Serve at once.


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