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a hand holding a half eaten Asian style pork rib

Asian Style Pork Ribs in a Spicy Garlic & Honey Sauce

  • Author: Spicepaw
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3-4 1x


Pork ribs marinated in Shaoxing wine and soy sauce then breaded and deep-fried and coated in an addictive sweet and salty spicy garlic sauce. Your new favorite rib recipe. #pork #ribs #Asian #fried #garlic #spicy



800 g / 28 oz pork riblets, pork spare tips or a mixture of both

2 tbsp Shaoxing wine

2 tbsp light soy sauce

1 tsp sugar

a light sprinkling of sea salt and white pepper

1 beaten egg

1 cup of potato starch

oil for deep frying

1 1/2 tbsp honey

1/2 tbsp light soy sauce

1 tbsp Guilin style chili sauce

1/2 cup / 120 ml of water

2 tbsp chopped ginger

2 tbsp chopped garlic


In a large bowl, toss together pork ribs, Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, sugar and a light sprinkling of sea salt and white pepper.  Since soy sauce is already in the marinade, it is crucial to not add too much salt otherwise the ribs will be too salty.

Cover and let marinate for at least 30 min.  I usually do this an hour or two ahead of time and chill them in the fridge while I get busy doing all the other prep work for dinner or lunch.

When ready to fry, toss ribs in beaten egg.  Make sure everything is evenly coated.

Dredge in potato starch and set aside.

Heat oil for deep frying. You will know when the oil is hot enough when you add a drop of batter or the end of a wooden chopstick or spoon into the oil and you see bubbles sizzling. If the sizzling is too rapid, you might need to turn the heat down otherwise you risk burning the outside and undercooking the inside.

When the oil is nice and hot, carefully add riblets. Fry until the ribs are golden brown and crispy then removed with a slotted spoon and let drain on paper towels to soak up excess grease. This shouldn’t take any more than 10 minutes.

While the fried ribs are draining on paper towels, start working on the sauce.

In a medium saucepan, stir together honey, soy sauce, water, chili sauce, garlic and ginger together.  Bring to a boil. Boil until sauce has reduced to a third and is thick like syrup. Turn off heat.

Transfer the ribs to a mixing bowl and pour the sauce over them.  Toss together until everything is evenly coated in sauce.

Transfer to a plate or serving dish and garnish with sesame seeds or finely chopped scallions.


You can dredge the riblets in starch ‘Chinese grandma style’ by adding the potato starch directly to the ribs covered in beaten egg. This takes some finesse and can be quite messy not to mention tricky to make sure everything is evenly coated. For those who want less mess, simply put the starch in a separate bowl and dredge each riblet one by one.

If you are like me and have little ones at home that simply can’t take even the slightest hint of spice, just serve them a couple of place fried ribs without sauce. They are equally good and a BIG hit with my child.

  • Category: Main, Pork
  • Method: Simmering, Frying
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: pork, pork riblets, pork spare tips, fried, crispy, chili, garlic, honey, ginger, Guilin chili sauce, soy sauce, pork ribs, Chinese

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