Braised Chinese Spare Ribs

    Braised Chinese Spare Ribs


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    About this recipe: Pork spare ribs are blanched, before being braised in a sweet, yet sour sauce. The black vinegar used in this sauce, sure packs a punch. Delicious served with freshly cooked rice.

    tonytsang Quebec, Canada

    Makes: 4 - 6 servings

    • 900g pork spare ribs or 14 pieces
    • 1 tablespoon groundnut oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 2-3 tablespoons black soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • Sauce
    • 2 tablespoons shaoxing wine
    • 1 piece slab sugar
    • 4 tablespoons Chinese black vinegar
    • 1-2 tablespoons cornflour, mixed with 1 tablespoon water

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:1hr5min  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. Blanch the ribs in boiling water for 5-8 minutes. Rinse under cold water to cool. Set aside.
    2. Heat a large frying pan with 1 tablespoon oil over high heat. Stir-fry the garlic until fragrant, 2-3 minutes. Stir in the ribs with the black soy sauce and soy sauce.
    3. Stir in the shaoxing wine and slab sugar, mix well. Add enough water to cover 3/4 of the ingredients. Simmer for 3 minutes over high heat. Stir to ensure the sugar slab has dissolved.
    4. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, simmer for 40 minutes. Stir in the black vinegar, simmer for 5 minutes.
    5. Transfer the ribs onto a serving plate, keeping the sauce in the frying pan. Thicken with the cornflour slurry. Once thick, pour over the ribs and serve.


    Slab sugar is compressed brown sugar in blocks. It's also known as brown sugar in pieces. You will find sugar slabs, along with shaoxing wine, black soy sauce and Chinese black vinegar in Chinese/Oriental speciality stores.

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    ok i need some pointers about step 2 with the garlic and ribs... do the ribs and soy sauce go in with the garlic in the same pan ? sorry to sound stupid but i am not good with this sort of thing  -  23 Jul 2012  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)


    Add some light soy sauce or salt would taste better!  -  24 May 2016  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)


    Yes, just add the ribs to the same pan, brown them a bit, then add the soy sauce. You can also fry some sliced ginger with the garlic; can also add fresh sliced chilli (or from a jar) to your preferred taste. Tastes great, served with rice & stir-fried or steamed veges.  -  19 Dec 2013  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)

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