The humble sweet and sour pork is a favourite for many Chinese food lovers. Perhaps it’s one of the few dishes Westerners first encounter when having their first taste of Chinese cuisine.

Putien’s version uses lychee instead of pineapples (although I very much prefer pineapples) and is one of the restaurant’s signature dishes. It comes with a medley of vegetables and the sauce is particularly sweet which probably comes from the lychees. I particularly enjoy how the batter is fried till crispy while the meat remains tender and juicy on the inside. There’s a good balance of meat and batter for the pork. For the health conscious, the meat is rather lean and contains little fat. It’s great but I won’t say it’s my favourite just yet.