Eating out at Chinese restaurants is nearly impossible for me. No PF Changs has arrived in the Valley so that great choice for eating gf Chinese is not available…. Soy sauce is generally unsafe unless you bring your own, ditto for a few other sauces and the eggroll wrappers, wonton wrappers and steamed buns are wheat based…sad news for us celiacs.
Still, there is an alternative to Chinese takeout: home cooking. I make some rocking good Chinese foods to satisfy my cravings. My latest is sweet and sour pork over rice. A classic; my mom used to make it long long ago! I hadn’t tried it since I went gf but have felt a yearning for that incredibly addictive sweet and sour sauce. So I went to my reliable source; Betty Crocker…and modified from there to make it gf for me.
I used baby bok choy, red pepper and brown rice; can use green pepper if you prefer, big ribs of bok choy and white rice. Your choice. I was out of chunk pineapple so I used a can of rings. If rings, use a knife to cut them up while still in the can into about 6 chunks by cutting down vertically with a long knife. Be sure to use pineapple canned in its own juice not syrup.
The sauce flavor is excellent;if you have any leftovers – makes a great lunch. Best of all it is easy to put together and you can be flexible with the ingredients. Win!
Angie’s Sweet and Sour Pork
¼ cup gf flour mix: I used my standard mix; recipe below
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 lb pork shoulder or boneless pork chops, cut into ½ inch cubes
3 tbsp. mild olive oil
1 13 oz can pineapple chunks or rings in juice. Drain, reserve juice
¼ c apple cider vinegar
¼ c. gf soy sauce
1.5 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
1 medium onion, diced
1 red pepper cut into fat strips and then across into 3 sections
1 can bamboo shoots or sliced water chestnuts; drained,
2-3 baby bok choy cut into 1 inch sections or cut up 3 ribs of bok choy
½ tsp siracha sauce or chili sauce (1-2 tsp)
2.5 cups hot cooked rice
Directions: Mix the flour with the ginger in a bag and toss the pork cubes with it until they are all coated. Heat a large frying pan, add the olive oil. Heat to medium hot and add the pork cubes. Fry stirring occasionally until the cubes are browned. If you have too many to brown; use two frying pans. Add the onion after the cubes are at least half browned. Add about 1/4 cup water to the reserved pineapple juice to make a cup of liquid. Add the flour/ginger remains to the pan of browned pork cubes. Stir for a minute. Add the juice, the soy sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce; heat until it boils, stirring constantly. Boil a minute, turn down heat, add sugar, salt, pepper. Cover and cook at least 20 minutes, preferably 30 minutes. Add more water if needed. Add the pepper chunks and bok choy, cook 5 minutes, add the bok choy, bamboo shoots and siracha sauce. Cover five more minutes. Serve over hot rice. Five servings.
Brown Rice Flour Mix
2 c brown rice flour
2/3 c potato starch
1/3 c tapioca flour
Or for a quick flour dip mix try ½ cup coconut flour and ½ cup white rice flour.