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Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Chinese Sweet and Sour Ribs have an excellent taste. This version is an simplied one that can be made at home easily.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: ribs, sweet and sour
Servings: 3
Calories: 457 kcal
Author: Elaine
  • 1 pound spare ribs , cut into 1 to 1.5 inch sections
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 35 g mashed rock sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cooking wine
  • 3 tablespoon black vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon extra black vinegar
  • 1 star anise , optional
  • 3 ginger slices
  • 4 green onion white parts
  • hot water as needed
  • 1/2 tablespoon white sesame seed for garnishing
  • Spring onion for garnishing
  1. Cut ribs into 1 inch to 1.5 inch sections. Place in a pot with cold water. Bring to boil and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes. Transfer out and rinse under running warm water. Set aside to drain.
  2. Add cooking oil and smashed rock sugar in wok, heat over slow fire. Keep stirring until the sugar melts and turns into dark red.
  3. Add ribs to coat the sugar color, place light soy sauce, cooking wine and black vinegar. Continue stir fry for 2 minutes and pour enough hot water to cover and add ginger, green onion and star anise.
  4. Cover the lid and simmer for 25 minutes over slowest fire. Stir once or twice in the process. Pick the ginger, green onion and star anise out in the later stage.
  5. Turn up the fire and thicken the fire. Keep stirring and stop when the sauce is almost adhered to the ribs. Be carefully in the last minutes, do not get your ribs overcooked.
  6. Add extra 1 teaspoon of black vinegar and sesame seeds. Combine well.
  7. Garnish chopped spring onions before serving.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

When stir frying the sugar color, use slowest fire and keep stirring. Remove the work from fire if the temperature is too hot.

The ribs should be drained completely before adding to the wok, otherwise the sugar color might splash out.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 457 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 759mg33%
Potassium 335mg10%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Vitamin C 1.9mg2%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.