Tangsuyuk is a popular Korean dish that consists of crispy pork or beef pieces coated in a special batter, then deep-fried to perfection and served with a delicious tangy sauce.
Meat and Vegetables
- 700 g pork shoulder or beef rib eye, cut into 2 1/2-inch-long strips
- 1 small carrot, sliced
- 1/2 small red capsicum, sliced
- 1/2 small green capsicum, sliced
- 1 small white onion, sliced
- 1/4 cup dried wood ear fungus, rehydrated (optional)
- 1/2 small cucumber, sliced
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
- oil, for deep frying
- 1 1/2 cup potato starch, soaked in 1 1/2 cup of water for 2 hours
- 1 small egg. lightly beaten
- 1 1/2 tbsp oil
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp light soy sauce
- 6 tbsp sugar
- 3 tbsp white vinegar
- 2 tbsp potato starch diluted in 1/4 cup water
- Combine 1 1/2 cups of starch with 1 1/2 cups of water and refrigerate until needed. The mixture will separate after two hours, carefully pour out the soaking water from the starch, then mix the soaked starch with egg and oil. The mixture will be stiff, but the oil will help loosen it.
- Mix well together pork or beef strips with grated ginger, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Combine and coat the meat with the starch batter.
- In a 180C preheated oil in a deep fryer or wok, carefully drop the meat in the oil one piece at a time, avoiding overcrowding. Cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes, in two or three batches. Reheat the oil to 180C between batches.
- Remove the meat with a slotted spoon and drain on a wire rack or in a large mesh strainer set over a bowl. Reheat the oil to 180C, then deep fry the meat again for 3 minutes or until meat is golden brown and crispy. Drain on a wire rack or in a large mesh strainer set over a bowl.
- In a pan, add 1 1/2 cups of water and the remaining sauce ingredients apart from the diluted potato starch. Bring to a boil until the sugar melts.
- Add the carrot, onion, and wood ear fungus let the sauce boil again then add the diluted potato starch, stirring well. Taste the sauce and add more sugar or vinegar if desired. Turn off the heat, then add the green and red capsicum. The residual heat will cook the capsicum and retain the vibrant colour
- Place the meat on a large serving plate and pour the tangsuyuk sauce on top or serve the sauce on the side. Serve immediately.