Northeastern Cuisine: Crispy Fried Pork Tenderloin

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By NTD Newsroom
January 25, 2017Food

Crispy Fried Pork (焦溜肉段) is a classic dish in the Northeastern region of China. Pork is deep fried to reach a desired crispy texture on the outside, and tender on the inside. It is then stir-fried with sweet and sour sauce for flavor.


Crispy Fried Pork Tenderloin Ingredients:

  • Pork tenderloin
  • Bell pepper
  • Onion
  • Carrot
  • Starch
  • Soy sauce
  • Vinegar
  • Sesame oil
  • Scallion, minced
  • Ginger, minced
  • Garlic, minced
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Ground white pepper


Crispy Fried Pork Tenderloin Directions:

  1. Remove the membrane on pork, then cut into chunks.screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-2-50-14-pm
  2. Season with salt and ground white pepper. Mix cornstarch with water to make a slurry to coat the meat. Add a drizzle of oil and mix again.
  3. Cut bell pepper, onion, and carrot into similar size pieces and set aside.
  4. Heat up oil to 350-380 degrees and deep fry the meat.crispy-fried-pork_2
  5. Strain out the meat pieces after it’s half cooked, set aside.
  6. Prepare the sauce by combining starch, sugar, salt, soy sauce, and vinegar.
  7. Re-add the meat to the pan and fry for a second time until meat pieces are harden. Add all vegetables in for a quick deep fry.  Remove from the pan and set aside the meat and vegetables for the next step.crispy-fried-pork_3
  8. Stir-fry minced ginger, garlic, and scallion to your pan, then re-add the meat and vegetables, coating everything evenly with the sauce mixture. Remove everything from the pan and place into serving dishes.
  9. Add a drizzle of sesame oil and minced garlic for flavor, and enjoy.


Crispy Fried Pork Tenderloin Tips:

When deep frying for the first time, make sure to separate each piece when dropping into the oil to prevent the pieces from sticking together and clumping.

Skim off any floating pieces in between deep-frying stages.

The meat pieces are fried twice for the outer layer to stay crispy longer.

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