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  2. 1 pound pork butt cut into 1-inch -- pieces

  3. --meat marinade--

  4. 1 tablespoon sherry

  5. 2 tablespoons water

  6. 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  7. 4 teaspoons flour

  8. 1 green pepper -- cut into chunks 1 onion -- cut into wedges

  9. 12 maraschino cherries

  10. 1 cup canned lichee

  11. 1 cup pineapple chunks

  12. --sauce mixture--

  13. 1/2 cup brown sugar

  14. 1/2 cup vinegar

  15. 1 teaspoon salt

  16. 4 tablespoons catsup

  17. 3/4 cup pineapple juice

  18. 4 teaspoons cornstarch

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  1. Had a house guest last week--an old friend who likes my Chinese cooking, but tends to prefer the tamer stuff--you know, things without tentacles or feet. So I whipped up a batch of this excellent, quick and easy sweet and sour pork. It's a long time favorite that I haven't cooked for a some time. Been too busy with Thai and Vietnamese food to make it. It was just as excellent as I remember it being and I actually improved on it with a couple of substitutions.

  2. I used 1/2 cup palm sugar instead of 1/2 cup brown sugar. Palm sugar has a rich, complex and addicting taste while being a little less cloyingly sweet than regular sugars. It gives a taste that's "exotic" without being obvious. Where the recipe calls for 3/4 cup pineapple juice I used 3/4 cup of the juice from some brandied peaches I made. I made 'em months ago and froze the leftover juice specifically to use in a sweet and sour dish. (This is a good thing to do with any sweet fruity type juice.) I left out the maraschino cherries-and substituted a red bell pepper for the color contrast. The only thing even faintly exotic in the recipe is the canned lichees (also a good juice to save for sweet and sour stuff) and that can be omitted if you can't find them--or use canned apricots or whatever instead. You could also use longans or rambutans, which are close relatives of lichee, quite successfully.

  3. PREPARATION: Drain fruits, prepare sauce mixture. Marinate pork in meat marinade for 1/2 hour.

  4. COOKING: Deep fry pork cubes in a wok for about 3 to 4 minutes until golden brown. Drain. Pour all the oil back into the bottle. Add sauce mixture into wok and stir until thickened. Add green pepper and onions and cook for 2 minutes. Add pork cubes and stir until heated through. Add fruits and stir until they're coated with the sauce.

  5. DO-AHEAD NOTES: Cook through making the sauce. Just before serving, add pork, vegetables and fruit according to directions.

  6. From "The Chinese Village Cookbook." A practical guide to Cantonese country cooking. Rhoda Yee, Yerba Buena Press, San Francisco.


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