Korean Sweet and Sour Fried Pork


  • 1 lb boneless pork chops, sliced into 1-inch strips
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 white onion, cut into 8 wedges
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 cup water plus 3 tbsp
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 bell pepper chopped into 2-inch slices
  • 1 cup pineapple, cubed
  • 1 large carrot peeled and cut into ¼ inch coins
  • 2 Persian cucumber cut into 2-inch batons
  • 1 apple, deseeded and diced
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine pork strips with soy sauce and rice wine vinegar. Allow to marinate for at least 10 Minutes, or up to 1 Hour.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine cornstarch, water, salt, and egg. Whisk to combine into a very thick batter.
  • Coat the marinated pork in the prepared batter. If the batter is too thin it will not coat the pork. Add a tablespoon of cornstarch at a time to thicken if need be.
  • Air Fry the pork in batches at385°F for 13-15 Minutes , flipping over at 10 Minutes . If the pork sticks to the grates, use a spatula to release the strips from the air fryer basket. Continue as needed. Set all fried pork to the side once cooked.
  • While the pork is cooking, prepare the sauce. Preheat your Instant Pot on the Saute function for 20 Minutes. In a small mixing bowl, combine soy sauce, brown sugar, white vinegar, rice wine vinegar, and 1 cup of water. Stir to combine.
  • Once the Instant Pot has preheated, add the vegetable oil and the onion pieces. Sauté for 5 Minutes until fragrant and slightly translucent. Add the sauce mixture and stir to combine.
  • In the previous small mixing bowl, combine the remaining tablespoons of water with the cornstarch. Whisk vigorously to create a thin paste, ensuring all cornstarch clumps are dissolved.
  • Add the cornstarch slurry to the Instant Pot with the remaining prepared fruits and vegetables. Cook for an additional 5-7 Minutes until the sauce has thickened and the vegetables have cooked through slightly.
  • Add the reserved fried pork to the Instant Pot and stir to evenly coat all pork and vegetables. Serve with rice and enjoy while warm.
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