Chinese pork ribs

Braised Chinese pork ribs (Wuxi style) 無錫排骨

This Chinese pork rib is characterized by the sweetness of rock sugar, sourness of the red vinegar 镇江红醋 and the flavor from rice wine. The braise is cooked down and caramelized into a thick, luxurious red sauce, enrobed the ribs within.

Course Main
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Chinese pork ribs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Marinating Time 12 hours
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author KP Kwan


Ingredients (A)

  • 1000 g pork ribs , cut crosswise into single-bone pieces
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Blanched broccoli to garnish

Ingredients (B)

Ingredients (C)

Ingredients (D)

  • Water sufficient just to cover the ribs in the pan.
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornflour , mix with one TBSP water


Please refer to the text of the post for the details of each step.

  1. Cut the spareribs into single-bone pieces. Add the salt and marinate overnight.
  2. Blanch in hot water for three minutes to remove blood and impurities. Rinse and drain in a colander. (Optional step)

  3. Saute ingredients (B) with the oil in the pan until fragrant. Remove the aromatics. 

  4. Heat the remaining vegetable oil in the frying pan. Pan-fried the spare ribs over medium heat until golden brown on both sides. Remove and set aside.

  5. Add ingredients (C). Bring the liquid to a boil and simmer for one hour over low heat or until the ribs become tender. Add water if necessary.
  6. Remove the ribs from the braising liquid.
  7. Strain the braising liquid through a fine sieve. Reduce the liquid. Thicken with the 1/2 teaspoon of cornflour.

  8. Add the ribs back to the sauce. Coat the ribs with the sauce and reduce the sauce further until it becomes syrupy. Serve.

Recipe Notes

Put the red yeast rice in hot water that is enough to let all the rice submerged. Soak for fifteen minutes. Discard the rice, add only the colored water to the ribs.

Nutrition Facts
Braised Chinese pork ribs (Wuxi style) 無錫排骨
Amount Per Serving (1 kg)
Calories 3467 Calories from Fat 2079
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 231g 355%
Sodium 7950mg 331%
Total Carbohydrates 78g 26%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 63g
Protein 269g 538%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.