Gulao Rou

Sweet and Sour Pork Made with Fruit Juice

Preparation info
  • Serves


    as Part of a Chinese Meal, or 2 as a Single Dish.
    • Difficulty


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By Ken Hom

Published 1990

  • About

This dish is often on menus in mediocre Chinese restaurants in the West where it invariably appears as a sweet, gluey, reddish concoction. This version, however, captures the virtues of the classic dish, “Gulao Pork.” In China, gulao means venerable. In it, a sour taste was obtained from such fruits as plums, oranges, and berries, then combined with sweetened vinegar and other seasonings. Below I use fresh orange juice along with sugar and vinegar. The “sweets” and “sours” combine and pe