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Chinese Style Pork Ribs

Chinese pork ribs recipe
Ratings 5 from 1 votes
Cooking Method ,
Difficulty Easy
Prep Time: 20 min Cook Time: 30 min Total Time: 50 mins
Servings 1

My new favorite way of making Chinese style pork ribs that tastes better than any takeout. Plus it's super easy to make. A must-try for Chinese food lovers

    Marinade pork
  • 1 rack of pork ribs (any type would work)
  • 3 tablespoons chinese cooking wine aka shaoxing
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 - 5 thin slices of ginger
  • salt and pepper seasoning mix
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon schezwan peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust the seasoning to your taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon chinese five spice powder
  • Other
  • 3 big cloves of garlic chopped
  • 2 jalapenos diced
  • 1 tablespoon chinese cooking wine
  • 2 teaspoons light soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon oil
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
    Marinating ribs
  1. First cut and separate each rib. You can remove the membrane on the backside, which is totally optional.
  2. marinate the ribs with 3 tbsp of Chinese cooking wine, 2 tbsp of brown sugar, baking soda, and few ginger slices. Leave it on the counter for 30 mins or up to a day in the fridge.

  3. Making seasoning mix
  4. Meanwhile dry roast 1/2 tsp salt, 1 1/2tsp black peppercorns, and 1/2 tsp Szechwan peppercorns about a minute in the medium heat. If you don't have Szechwan peppercorns replace it with black peppercorns.
  5. Add peppercorns and salt to a mortar and pestle or spice grinder, along with 1/8 tsp of Chinese five-spice powder. Grind until you get a nice coarse powder. The roasting makes it easier to grind.
  6. Air-Frying Ribs
  7. Remove if there's any liquid collected at the bottom of the marinated ribs. Also, remove the ginger slices.
  8. Add the salt and pepper mix to the ribs and mix well to coat.
  9. Add a bit of oil just to coat the ribs, mix, and then add 2 tbsp of corn starch to the ribs and mix well again to coat. If you feel like it's too watery then add a little bit more corn starch.

  10. Now air-fry the ribs for 25 - 35 mins in 375 F. Flip them halfway through the frying. The time may vary depending on how thick your ribs are and your air fryer. So fry them until they are golden and cooked all the way through. Do not overcook, the meat would be too tough to chew.

  11. Wok frying
  12. Heat a wok until it's smoking hot. Add about 1 1/2 tbsp of oil. And add chopped garlic.
  13. Stir and quickly add chopped jalapenos. Stir for few seconds.
  14. Drizzle 1 tbsp of Chinese cooking wine around the wok and 2 tsp of light soy sauce. (regular soy sauce would also work). If you're using a pan instead of a wok, use a bit less sauce than this.
  15. Quickly add fried ribs and stir for about 30 seconds on very high heat to get some char marks. You can add more salt and pepper at this point if you need more seasoning.
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