It’s been a hell of a ride but I’m thinking it’s time to go make this AJR inspired Bang Bang Chicken!
Wickedly Sweet and Sour Pork
Ready In:30 mins
Wicked is a Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman. It is based on the Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (published in 1995), itself a retelling of the classic 1900 novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film The Wizard of Oz (1939).
The musical is told from the perspective of the witches of the Land of Oz; its plot begins before and continues after Dorothy Gale arrives in Oz from Kansas, and includes several references to the 1939 film and Baum’s novel. Wicked tells the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Galinda (whose name later changes to Glinda the Good Witch), who struggle through opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, reactions to the Wizard’s corrupt government, and, ultimately, Elphaba’s public fall from grace.
Wicked premiered on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre in October 2003. Its original stars included Idina Menzel as Elphaba, Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda, and Joel Grey as the Wizard. The original Broadway production won three Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards, while its original cast album received a Grammy Award.
2 Pork Steaks (chopped into bite size pieces)
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 Garlic Clove (crushed)
1 Green Bell Pepper (chopped)
150g Pineapple (chopped)
50g Caster Sugar
50ml Rice Vinegar
2 tbsp Tomato Ketchup
Rice (cooked, to serve)
Initially I had hope a sweet and sour recipe would be good for the Wicked Witch from Once Upon a Time, but just because she is my favourite character shouldn’t mean I make a recipe for the whole show (there’s a recipe for it coming soon).
Instead I decided to make it for the same character but a different format. So this recipe is for Wicked. The green bell pepper is to represent Elphaba and the Pineapple is to represent Glinda. I quite like how Sweet and Sour defines the story of Wicked with the nice characters mixing with the betrayal of others.
Step by Step Instructions
Step 1In a skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil then start frying the pork pieces. Cook for 5 minutes until cooked on all sides.
Step 2Add the green bell pepper, garlic and pineapple and fry for an additional 5 minutes.
Step 3Move the contents to one side of the pan and add the sugar, rice vinegar and ketchup to the other side of the pan. Stir whilst it starts to sizzle to create the sauce. Once it is an orangey sauce, stir with the rest of the ingredients until coated.
Step 4Once coated, serve in bowls with cooked rice.
Wickedly Sweet and Sour Pork
- 2 Pork Steaks chopped into bite size pieces
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Garlic Clove crushed
- 1 Green Bell Pepper chopped
- 150 g Pineapple chopped
- 50 g Caster Sugar
- 50 ml Rice Vinegar
- 2 tbsp Tomato Ketchup
- Rice cooked, to serve
- In a skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil then start frying the pork pieces. Cook for 5 minutes until cooked on all sides.
- Add the green bell pepper, garlic and pineapple and fry for an additional 5 minutes.
- Move the contents to one side of the pan and add the sugar, rice vinegar and ketchup to the other side of the pan. Stir whilst it starts to sizzle to create the sauce. Once it is an orangey sauce, stir with the rest of the ingredients until coated.
- Once coated, serve in bowls with cooked rice.
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