Time: 25 minutes.
The sweet & sour spare ribs is notoriously popular in many parts of China and is frequently eaten among the Chinese community all around the world. Despite commonly served with rice, it is also a good appetizer on a regular drinking party.
The traditional method of preparing this dish (to be introduced in this post) is quite critical. The ideal ribs to be used would be the young, small ribs (仔排). However, it is important for one to first clean and remove the blood from the ribs. And then follow up by stir-frying with some crystal sugar (糖色) and Chinese vinegar. The end product would be a plate of sweet, sour and brightly-coloured texture little ribs dangling right in front of you.
- 700 g pork ribs, cut into bite size
- 2 ginger slices
- 1 Japanese/Chinese leek
- 4 tbs Chinese mature vinegar (陈醋)
- 2 tbs soy sauce
- 5 tbs crystal sugar (冰糖)
- 2 tbs Chinese cooking wine
- 1-2 tbs dark soy sauce
- Some salt
- Some white sesame
1. Prepare the sauce first by mixing vinegar, crystal sugar, soy sauce and some salt into a bowl. Put it aside. Cut the leek and ginger slices. Also, chop the pork ribs into bite size (with/without bones on).
2. Boil a pot of water. Add in the ribs and boil for around 20-30 seconds. This step is to get rid of the foul smell of pork. Drain the water off after that.
3. Heat up a frying pan/wok with some oil. Set it to medium-high heat and stir-fry the pork ribs for about 3-5 minutes until they turn brown.
4. Stir in the leek and ginger slices. Pour in the Chinese wine. Saute for 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
5. Next, add in dark soy sauce to give the pork its dark colour. Mix well over a low heat. Then, pour in the sauce mixture prepared earlier. Mix in enough water that submerged the pork ribs.
6. Cook the pork ribs for 30 minutes over a low heat. Remove the leeks and gingers after that. Turn up the heat and continue stir fried for about 5-10 minutes.
7. Sprinkle in the white sesame. Mix well and serve on a plate. You may garnish with some extra spring onions.
There you go! My favourite dish of all time – sweet vinegar pork ribs (糖醋排骨)! My my my, would you look at them! Soooooooooooooo tasty!
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