Yummy Yummy, Sweet and Sour Pork Belly !!!

A few moment of silence while the wafting intro of Sting’s Desert Rose permeates the stillness. Cheb Mami begins the  rhythm and builds tempo. A desert scene filled with rich Arabian imagery – and of course, Belly Dancers.

Sorry for the vivid imagery, every time I hear pork belly , my brain fills with the image of an exotic Arabia with Sting and Cheb Mami belting out Desert Rose in the background – It’s something Pavlovian.

Traditional Sweet and Sour Pork consist of sliced pork dredged in an egg bath, followed by rolling the pork over flour and then deep frying it. Next the sauce, using a wok with 2-3 cups of hot water, combine sugar, flour and vinegar (or lemon juice). Apply low heat and allow this to simmer, eventually the sauce thickens (It’s almost done). At this precise moment, the deep fried pork is mixed in, green and red bell peppers and onions follows. The mixture is then served on a plate and chunks of pineapple are added in,  a delicious dish.

Now, a variant to the traditional Sweet and Sour Pork from

Pearl River Cafe
Level 4, TriNoma, EDSA corner North Avenue
Quezon City, Philippines
Tel No: +63 927 688 0206

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Pearl River, a restaurant specializing in Cantonese food serves “Sweet and Sour Pork Belly”.IMG_4091

A delicious exceptional modified version of Sweet and Sour pork. The pork belly is made supper crunchy, almost like eating crispy fried chicken skins. It’s like eating a potato chip that taste like bacon. Instead of using pineapple – green semi ripened  mangoes are sliced and mixed in – a proper substitute. The best sweet and sour pork I ever had.

Here are other dishes we ordered:

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Perl River serves an excellent dim sum.  Their Deep Dried Noodles with Seafood is delicious.

Good Eats, Sting would be proud.

–  jojo

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