Carolina’s Sweet & Sour Pork is not your ordinary Chinese takeout
Get to know Carolina in this Q&A, and get her “Sweet and sour pork” MONDAY (4/27) from 5-7PM!
Q: What can you tell us about your first dish on Shmeal?
Carolina: The first dish that I want to share with all of you is sweet and sour pork. My fiancé is Hawaiian from the Big Island of Hawaii, and for the past 3 years that we’ve been together I’ve learned a lot about Asian cuisine and many different kinds of ingredients and ways to cook that are very delicious and interesting.
This dish is not your regular Chinese takeout. You’ll have some yummy and juicy light battered fried pork covered with sweet, savory and little bit tangy sauce, some fresh pineapple, red onions, colorful peppers, and finished with a little bit of Thai hot peppers to make it more flavorful and interesting. This dish goes perfect with a side of white rice!
Q: What’s your cooking background?
Carolina: I’ve been cooking ever since I was a little girl! My grandma used to cook food to sell and she used to make everything from scratch. I remember her making butter, mayo, sausages, and all kinds of delicious food for her family and customers.
Q: Where did you grow up and what kind of food did you grow up with?
Carolina: I’m from Cali, Colombia, one of the main cities of my country and my family used to have a farm that we visited for summer vacations. They grew tomatoes, onions, all kinds of fruits! They had cows for milk, chickens for eggs, and it was amazing!
Q: What are your favorite food memories?
Carolina: Some of my favorite childhood memories were at that farm. I would wake up early to milk cows and collect vegetables and fruits to cook breakfast and lunch. It doesn’t get better than that! Those days spending time picking veggies, learning about the fruits that grow in the area, and learning about animals and how to take care of them made me appreciate and see food from a different perspective.