Singaporean Tender Pork Spare Ribs

    2 hours 30 mins

    This is one of my mother's excellent recipes. These spare ribs are marinated in light and dark soy sauce, orange juice, garlic, and peppercorn, then fried briefly. After simmering the ribs, marinade, and spices such as star anise and cinnamon for an hour, they are ready to serve with white rice. Very flavorful and tender!

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
    • 4 tablespoons dark soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon crushed black peppercorns
    • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
    • 10 fluid ounces orange juice, divided
    • 1 1/2 pounds pork spareribs
    • 1 cup orange juice
    • 1 cup water
    • 5 sticks cinnamon
    • 7 star anise
    • white sugar to taste
    • peanut or corn oil for frying
    • 3 hard-cooked eggs, peeled (optional)

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:2hr  ›  Ready in:2hr30min 

    1. In a bowl, stir together light and dark soy sauces, crushed peppercorns, garlic, and 2 tablespoons orange juice. Separate ribs between each bone into individual ribs, and place in the marinade. Cover, and set aside for at least 30 minutes. (If marinating much longer than 30 minutes, refrigerate.)
    2. Transfer marinade to a large stockpot, and set ribs aside. To the stockpot add remaining 1 cup orange juice, water, cinnamon sticks, star anise, and sugar. Bring to a boil.
    3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Carefully place ribs in oil, and fry for 2 minutes per side, or until edges are sealed. Transfer to the stockpot, and boil, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Cover, and simmer for 1 hour, adding hard boiled eggs at this point, if using.

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    My husband and I LOVED this! It was so yummy!! I personally don't like spare ribs, so next time I make it I think I will use a pork roast sliced or something, but the flavor was phenomenal!! I made it with Coconut Jasmine Rice and it was a wonderful accompaniment to the dish!! I will definately make this one again, it made me feel like a gourmet chef! ;o)  -  04 Jan 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This recipe is so amazing i would give more stars if I could.The ingredients may sound odd together but mixed together theyre awesome,will definetely make this an all time favorite.  -  06 Sep 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is really delicious. I suggest you stick to the oranges. I made a mistake of substituting them on the second batch I made. It was such a hit! I made this with beef chucks and they tasted even better.  -  07 Jun 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)