Sweet and Sour Pork (咕嚕肉)

My eldest are particularly fond of a classic chinese dish called Sweet and Sour Pork (咕嚕肉) or “goo lou yok” in Cantonese dialect. So I make it a point to learn and master this dish.

Sweet and Sour Pork (咕嚕肉) is a flavorful dish of sweet and sour sauce coating crispy fried pork pieces. Served usually with green and red bell peppers and pineapple pieces, I alter the recipe slightly where I change the pineapple to lychee because my family are never particularly fond of pineapple.


Marinate for the Pork

  • 400 gm pork belly / loin – cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese Cooking Wine / Shaoxing Wine
  • 1 teaspoon of coarse black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of salt


  • 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons of corn starch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Sweet & Sour Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons chilli sauce / thai chilli sauce
  • 1 teaspoon plum sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lea and Perrins Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese Rice Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon corn starch
  • white pepper powder
  • 3 tablespoon Olive oil

Additional Ingredients

  • 1 bell pepper cut into bite size
  • 1 yellow onion cut into bite size
  • 2 tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • 1/2 can of lychee (minus the liquid)


  1. In a bowl, mix the pork and marinate ingredients until well mix. Cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours
  2. Mix the batter in a bowl and add the pork cubes into the batter 
  3. Mix the Sweet and Sour Sauce in a bowl and set aside
  4. Deep fried the pork cubes until golden brown. Put the ready pork cubes onto a plate lined with paper towels to soak up the excess oil 
  5. Heat up the Olive oil in the wok and add in the yellow onion. Fried until fragrant
  6. Add the bell pepper and saute for 3 minutes
  7. Add in the sweet and sour sauce and bring to boil
  8. Add in the pork cubes and the tomatoes and lychee
  9. Stir until well coated and dish out. Serve hot

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