One of my favorite Korean-Chinese dishes is noodles with black bean sauce also known as jja jang myung. The perfect side dish that is mandatory when having jja jang myun is tangsuyuk. Tangsuyuk is a sweet and sour pork dish that consists of crispy fried pork or beef coated in a tart and sweet sauce laced with pineapple, bell peppers, and other vegetables. Serve with black bean noodles or as the main course with a side of rice.

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Tangsuyuk
Serves 6
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Total Time
2 hr 30 min
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
446 calories
63 g
64 g
10 g
24 g
3 g
439 g
156 g
20 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
439g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 446
Calories from Fat 89
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
15%
Saturated Fat 3g
14%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 64mg
21%
Sodium 156mg
7%
Total Carbohydrates 63g
21%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 20g
Protein 24g
Vitamin A
81%
Vitamin C
57%
Calcium
4%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cup potato starch
  2. 4 cups water
  3. 1 lb pork butt, sliced paper thin
  4. salt and pepper
  5. 4 cloves, minced
  6. 1 tbsp oil
  7. 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  8. 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  9. 1 bell pepper, chopped
  10. 1/2 cup pineapple chunks with juices
  11. 1 1/2 cup water
  12. 1/2 cup sugar
  13. 1/3 cup vinegar
  14. 1 tsp soy sauce
  15. 1 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup water
  16. 1 egg white
  17. oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Combine potato starch and water in a large bowl, stirring to combine. Let sit for 3-4 hours until the starch sinks to the bottom of the bowl.
  2. Season the pork with salt, pepper, and minced garlic. Cover and chill until ready to use.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. Heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat in a wok or medium sauce pan. Add the onions, carrots and bell peppers and cook until softened, about 6-7 minutes. Add the pineapple with its juices - soy sauce. Stir to combine and let simmer for 3-4 minutes. Add the cornstarch slurry and cook an additional 2 minutes. The sauce should be slightly thick and shiny. Keep warm.
  4. Preheat frying oil to 350 degrees F.
  5. Drain the water from the potato starch and water mixture. Add the egg white and stir with your hands until well combined; the starch will be slightly stiff but will give in to pressure. Add 1/4 of the pork to the starch and mix to coat the pork. Clump each pork slice to form long pieces. Carefully add a small batch of the pork to the heated oil and fry until crispy, about 5 minutes. Remove and drain on a paper-towel lined tray. Repeat with the remaining pork, first coating with the starch mixture than frying in batches.
  6. Fry the pork once more.
  7. Reheat the sauce. Transfer fried pork to platter and spoon the sauce on top. Serve immediately.
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calories
446
fat
10g
protein
24g
carbs
63g
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**Helpful tips and common mistakes

The trick to achieving crispy pork in tangsuyuk is all in the potato starch batter. Potato starch is commonly used for tangsuyuk and some packages even come with directions written on them.

Soaking the potato starch in water draws out the excess starch; think of it when you soak your potatoes in water before frying. If you haven’t tried this method before, I encourage you to do so. Soak cut potatoes in water for one hour, drain and pat dry. Fry the potatoes and you end up with crispy french fries! The reason behind why this works gets technical so I won’t bore you with the scientific details, but trust me, it works.

After draining the water from the potato starch, you will be left with a stiff mound of starch. It may look as hard as rock, but once you dig your hand into the mix, you will realize that it can easily be manipulated. The starch “melts” back into the mixture immediately after being handled and returns to the original stiff state, but can easily be disturbed. 

As for the meat, I prefer using pork butt but you can also use pork loin or beef. Ask your butcher to slice the pork butt paper thin or if using pork loin, pound until 1/4 inch thick and cut into strips. 

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The sauce for tangsuyuk should be a combination of sweet and sour. Although the vegetables can vary, pineapple is a must for the sauce. Adjust accordingly to balance the flavors.
 
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Frying the pork twice makes it extra crispy. Extra crispy on the outside and chewy and moist on the inside, just how I like it!
 
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Pour the sauce over the pork and serve with a side of rice or with a hot bowl of jja jang myun. When I used to work as a catering chef, I used to prepare large batches of tangsuyuk for 60 people and they ate it all up. I personally like to dip the sweet and sour pork in a little soy sauce and vinegar mix to boost that salty and sour quality. Make this at home and you won’t have to search for the best tangsuyuk again!
 
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Looking for someone to come to your house and prepare these dishes for you? It is possible! If you are in Los Angeles and looking for a private chef, please feel free to contact me. For more information, visit Private Kitchen Los Angeles
 
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