Chinese Spicy Deep Fried Pork

Chinese Deep Fried Pork with Spicy Salt

There is just something about September! Oh how I love September!  It is an ‘in between month,’ still mainly summer and the start of fall!  The days are definitely shorter, but warm, crisp and fresh! Breath in that air!  It’s a bit cool, but perfect under the radiant sunshine and vibrant blue skies! Well that is how it has been around here as of late.  Puuuuurfect for running!  A time of change, a time of new beginnings, a time to reflect, back into the school routine, some down time, but also a very busy social catch up month!  Everyone disappears during the summer months and once the kids are back to school, the mamas and daddas come out to play!

Prepping the PorkDusting the Pork

Slowly getting back into the kitchen and whipping up some delicious food!  I feel as though I have summer brain and a bit at a loss for ideas?  Bountin is always craving fried meat and we decided on this spicy Chinese pork dish to satisfy his cravings!  Chinese Spicy Deep Fried Pork, these bite size pieces of pork are easy to whip up and the bomb!  Truly tasty!

Fried and Ready

Five-spice powder should be in your pantry for any Chinese cooking or deep-fried dishes!  It is lovely with chicken, pork and calamari!  The most common combination is star anise, cloves, cinnamon, black pepper and fennel.  If you don’t already have Five-spice, get yourself some or try making your own with the ground spices listed.  Chinese food is really quite easy!  It is just a matter of getting a few ingredients, having a good fry pan or wok and being able to deep fry quickly on medium high heat without burning. The final stage of this dish is heating the garlic, jalapeno and tomatoes and does it ever make the dish!  This is one of the tricks in Chinese cooking, adding the fresh seasoning last and coating at the end.  It glazes it nicely, keeping the pork crispy and bursting with flavour.

Garlic, Chillis and Tomatoes

Naturally, enjoy this Chinese Spicy Deep Fried Pork with a bowl of steaming hot white rice!  You don’t need anything else, except for a cold beer maybe? Simple, fresh and delish! Enjoy your last few days of summer as Autumn is officially about to begin!

Chinese Pork with Rice


Chinese Spicy Deep Fried Pork
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A delicious Chinese inspired dish with crispy bite-sized pork deep fried and then tossed with garlic, jalapeno and tomatoes and lightly seasoned with Five-spice. Serve with a bowl of steaming hot rice and a cold beer.
Recipe type: Dinner, Starter
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 2-4
  • 2 or 3 pork chops, about ¾ to 1 lb's worth, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp rice wine
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp Chinese 5-spice powder
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup corn starch
  • Oil for deep-frying
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 jalapeno, finely minced
  • 2 cherry tomatoes or half of a small tomato finely diced
  1. Cut pork chops into 2-inch-sized pieces.
  2. Marinate with salt, soy sauce, rice wine, sugar and tsp Chinese 5-spice powder. Set aside, let the meat marinate for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Then, heat your oil for deep-frying on medium high
  4. Mince 3 cloves of garlic, 1 jalapeno, and tomatoes
  5. In a shallow bowl, mix all-purpose flour and cornstarch.
  6. Dredge the pork chop pieces into the flour/cornstarch mixture. You might need to do two coats and shake off excess flour.
  7. Deep fry until golden. Drain the crispy pork chop pieces and set aside when done.
  8. In another pan or wok, add a bit of oil and toss in the minced garlic and jalapenos The tomatoes are optional and mainly to add some colour
  9. Once the garlic has softened, add the fried pork chop pieces and toss until the spicy salt mixture has evenly mixed.
  10. Serve hot with steaming white rice



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