1-2-3-4-5 Ribs

Locale: China

Source: Irene Kuo, The Key to Chinese Cooking [p. 347]

Serves: 2-3


  • 1.5 lb meaty spareribs

Simmering ingredients:

  • 1 tbs Chinese rice wine
  • 2 tbs dark soy sauce
  • 3 tbs cider vinegar
  • 4 tbs sugar
  • 5 tbs water


  1. Separate and chop the spare ribs. Mix the simmering ingredients.

  2. Put the ribs into a pot or saucepan over high heat. Add simmering ingredients, and stir to mingle. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 40 minutes.

  3. Uncover pot. Raise heat and boil liquid away, turning the spareribs to coat with the sauce. Serve.


  1. I often use boneless country ribs for this. As they are leaner than spare ribs, I usually start with a bit of oil. I also throw in 2-3 slices of ginger. Doesn't hurt, although the ginger itself isn't edible. I've also tried adding a bit of five spice powder and/or Szechuan pepper, which also doesn't hurt.


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