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"the infamous family recipe"

Serves 4-6 | Prep Time 1-2 hours | Cook Time 30 minutes

Why I Love This Recipe

from my mom's recipe files

Ingredients You'll Need

12 ounces lean boneless pork
1 can water chestnuts
2 tablespoons dry sherry
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
4 teaspoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon soy sauce
cooking oil for deep fat frying
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 clove garlic, minced
3 medium carrots, thinly bias sliced (1 1/2 cups)
1 medium green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces (1 cup)
1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces (1 cup)
3 green onions, bias sliced into 1-inch pieces (1/2 cup)
1 (8 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained
3 cups hot cooked rice


Trim fat from pork. Cut into 3/4 inch cubes. For marinade, stir together sherry, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Pour over pork. Toss to coat. Cover; let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes.

For sauce: Stir together the 1 cup broth, sugar, vinegar, 4 teaspoons cornstarch, and the 1 tablespoon soy sauce. Set aside. In a wok or 3 quart saucepan, heat 1 1/2-2 inches of cooking oil or shortening to 365 degrees. Meanwhile, for batter, stir together eggs, the 1/2 cup cornstarch, flour, and the 1/2 cup broth till smooth.

Drain pork; pat dry. Dip into batter, swirling to coat. Fry, a few pieces at a time, for 4-5 minutes or until no pink remains. Remove from oil. Drain on paper towels. Keep warm in a warm oven while frying remaining pork.

Pour the 1 tablespoon oil into a large skillet. Add more oil as necessary during cooking. Preheat over medium-high heat. Stir-fry garlic in hot oil for 15 seconds. Add carrots. Stir fry for 4-5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove. Add peppers and onions. Stir fry for 1 1/2-2 minutes or until crisp tender. Remove. Stir sauce. Add to skillet. Cook and stir until bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Stir in pineapple and cooked vegetables. Cook and stir about one minute more or until hot. Stir in pork. Arrange on top of rice. Serve immediately.

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