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Shanghai Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs

Shanghai Sweet and Sour Ribs are an iconic dish from southern China. Characterized by their signature tangy sweetness, they hold a prominent place in Chinese cuisine. This recipe will guide you in creating succulent Shanghai Spare Ribs that are robust in flavor.

Shanghai Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs
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PRE TIME: 10 min
COOKING TIME: 40 min
TOTAL TIME: 50 min
4 SERVING
Ingredients:
  • For Searing Pork Ribs
  • 3 lb. Pork Ribs
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 Qt Cooking Oilㅤ ㅤㅤ ㅤㅤ ㅤㅤ ㅤㅤ ㅤㅤ ㅤㅤ ㅤ
  • For Simmering
  • 2 tbsp. Cooking Oil
  • 1/2 cup Crystal Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Shaoxing Wine
  • 1/4 cup Ginger, Sliced
  • 3 stalk Green Onion
  • 1/4 cup Crystal Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tbsp. Light Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Sweet Black Rice Vinegar
  • 1 cup Waterㅤ ㅤㅤ ㅤㅤ ㅤㅤ ㅤㅤ ㅤㅤ ㅤㅤ ㅤㅤ ㅤ
  • After Simmering
  • 2 tbsp. Sweet Black Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Sesame Oil
Directions:
Step 1
Step 1
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First, cut the ribs into strips and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of salt.
Step 2
Step 2
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Sear the Ribs: In a large pan, heat the cooking oil and sear the ribs over medium heat. Cook until each side is crispy and golden brown. Remove the ribs and set aside.
Step 3
Step 3
3
Caramelize the Sugar: In a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of cooking oil over low heat. Add 1/2 cup of crystal sugar, stirring continuously until it is completely melted. Monitor the heat to prevent the sugar from burning.
Step 4
Step 4
4
Coat the Ribs: Return the ribs to the pan, stirring to coat them evenly with the melted sugar.
Step 5
Step 5
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Simmer with Aromatics: Pour in the Shaoxing wine and bring to a boil. Then add the green onions, sliced ginger, the remaining 1/4 cup of crystal sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, light soy sauce, sweet black rice vinegar, and water.
Step 6
Step 6
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Slow Cook the Ribs: Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the ribs simmer for 30 minutes.
Step 7
Step 7
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Reduce the Sauce: Remove the lid, increase the heat to high, and reduce the liquid to a thick sauce. Finish by stirring in an additional 2 tablespoons of sweet black rice vinegar and 1 teaspoon of sesame oil for enhanced flavor.
Step 8
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Serve: Plate the ribs, ensuring they are well coated with the glossy sauce.
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