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.
**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 a 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.
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.
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!
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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