Hainanese Pork Chop – 海南炸猪排

Hainanese pork chop is such a delicious delicacy! To start off, pound the pork chop with a mallet or the back of your cleaver to tenderise it. Then marinate it for at least an hour, of course if you have time, the longer the better! This process adds so much flavour to the meat.  (**note – only add the baking soda 1 hr before cooking if marinating overnight)

And so they say, “Good things come to those who wait.” Finally, dust the marinated pork chop in flour and apply a generous layer of egg wash to it, to ensure that the crispy coating of soda crackers stick on it. Next just drop it gently into the hot oil and watch the magic happen!

Of course, we can’t leave out the trademark ketchup based sauce with assorted vegetables. Drizzle some of the sauce on the porkchop and let it cut through the greasiness of the deep fried pork. We hate to say it AGAIN, but get ready another bowl of rice!

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  • Servings: 4

  • Time: 20 min

  • Skill: Intermediate


  1. 18 soda cream crackers

  2. 2 eggs

  3. 50g frozen mixed veg (corn, peas and carrot)

  4. 1 red onion (sliced)

  5. 1 tbsp minced garlic

  6. 2 tbsp oil

  7. oil for deep-frying

  8. 600g pork loin

  9. Marinade

  10. ½ tsp baking soda (optional if marinating overnight)

  11. 1 tsp five spice powder

  12. 1 tbsp sugar

  13. 1 tbsp minced garlic

  14. 2 tbsp tau cheo (fermented soya beans)

  15. 1 tsp sesame oil

  16. 1 tbsp light soy sauce

  17. 1 tbsp cornstarch mix with 2 tbsp water

  18. Sauce

  19. 1 tbsp light soy sauce

  20. 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce

  21. 1 tbsp A1 steak sauce

  22. 3 tbsp tomato ketchup

  23. ¼ tsp white pepper powder

  24. 1 tbsp sugar

  25. 1 tbsp hua tiao (optional)

  26. 1 cup water

  27. 1 tbsp cornstarch mix with 2 tbsp water


  1. Cut 600g of pork loin into 100g slices

  2. Butterfly the pork loin slices

  3. Flatten pork loin slices with meat tenderizer

  4. Marinate flattened pork loin slices with ½ tsp baking soda,

  5. 1 tsp five spice powder, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp minced garlic, 2 tbsp tau cheo, 1 tsp sesame oil and 1 tbsp light soy sauce

  6. Mix 1 tbsp cornstarch with 2 tbsp water

  7. Add mixture to pork loin

  8. Mix well and set aside to marinate for 1 hr

  9. Add 18 soda cream crackers to food processor

  10. Blend until fine

  11. Transfer to a flat tray and spread them out

  12. For sauce mixture, mix 1 tbsp light soy sauce, 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce, 1 tbsp A1 steak sauce, 3 tbsp tomato ketchup, ¼ tsp white pepper, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp hua tiao (optional) and 1 cup water

  13. Mix well and set aside

  14. Mix 1 tbsp cornstarch with 2 tbsp water

  15. Add 2 beaten eggs to pork loin slices and mix well

  16. Coat pork loin slices with cracker crumbs

  17. Heat sufficient oil in a wok, deep-fry pork loin slices till golden brown

  18. Drain and set aside

  19. Heat 2 tbsp oil in pan

  20. Add 1 tbsp minced garlic, 1 red onion (sliced) and 50g of frozen mixed veg

  21. Stir fry until onions turn translucent

  22. Add sauce mixture and bring to boil

  23. Thicken sauce with cornstarch solution

  24. Add sauce to fried pork chop