Chinese Pork Spare Ribs

Chinese Pork Spare Ribs


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This is a traditional Szechuan style rib preparation with the ribs being slowly simmered then pan fried before being covered in a sweet and sour style sauce.


Serves: 2 

  • 500g pork spare ribs, cut into 4cm lengths
  • 2cm piece fresh ginger, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon Szechuan peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine, divided
  • 200ml vegetable oil, for frying
  • 5 tablespoons dark brown soft sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 600ml chicken stock or water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds (optional)

Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:1hour35min  ›  Ready in:1hour50min 

  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Add pork ribs, ginger, Szechuan peppercorns and 1/2 the rice wine. Bring back to the boil. Skim off any scum that forms on the surface. Simmer over medium-low heat for 80 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a wok over high heat until hot. Fry the ribs until lightly brown. Remove.
  3. Place the ribs, dark brown soft sugar, salt, remaining rice wine and chicken stock into a clean wok. Cook over medium heat until the wok is almost dry.
  4. Drizzle in the vinegar and sesame oil then toss well.
  5. Transfer to a serving dish and cool. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve.

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Yummo this was so good... I used peppercorns as I had no Szechuan Berries, also raw sugar as I just ran out of brown. Will definitely be making this again but with a tad less sugar & maybe some chilli for a nice kick - 22 Sep 2015

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