Deep Fried Pork in Garlic Sauce Kkan-Pung-Gi 깐풍기

Last week when the kids were on their school break, I did a lot of cooking and baking for them.^^ Kkan-Pung-Gi is one of their favorites. They loved it so much that they asked when I will be making it again… :)

Although Kkan-Pung-Gi is a Chinese dish, most Koreans enjoy eating it too. Now the recipes are in many Korean cookbooks. This is how I learned to cook it.

Today’s Recipe

about ~1/2 lb boneless pork lion, sliced into bite-sized pieces

1 tablespoon sake

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

pinch of ground ginger

4-5 tablespoons cornstarch

1 egg or two egg whites

1/4 cup frozen peas

2 mini red bell peppers, finely chopped

2 mini yellow bell peppers,finely chopped

1/4 onion, finely chopped

canola oil for deep-frying

Spicy Garlic  Sauce (see the recipe below)

Place the pork in a large bowl, add sake, salt, pepper and pinch of ground ginger; mix well.

To make a batter, combine cornstarch and egg in a bowl; mix well.

Add pork into cornstrach mixture.

Gently coat the pork pieces in the batter.

Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat until hot; deep fry pork until golden brown.

Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels.

After cooling down, fry them again for crispness. Frying once is okay too, but they taste better when you fry twice.

While they are cooling down… I prepared the sauce.

To make Spicy Garlic Sauce...

In a small bowl, combine the following ingredients. The amount of sugar and vinegar can be adjusted to your taste.

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon oyster sauce

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 tablespoon mirin

2 tablespoons rice syrup or corn syrup

3 tablespoons water

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1-2 teaspoons minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Some dried red peppers (optional)

Boys love spicy food so I added four dry peppers.

Break them into half or add whole peppers into the sauce.

Combine all the vegetables and

Heat 1 tablespoon of the canloa oil in the large skillet over a medium heat; add prepared vegetables and saute for 2 minutes.

Add the spicy garlic sauce and bring to a boil.

Add the twice fried pork  pieces to the skillet.

Toss  and mix well until the pork pieces are well coated with the sauce.

Serve with steamed rice.

I was so happy to see the boys enjoy eating it. :D

If you prefer, you can substitute pork with chicken, tofu or beef.

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