Chinese Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs

Chinese Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs cooking recipe

Sweet and sour pork ribs is one of the tastiest and most popular dishes in China. The taste is rich, sweet, sour, and just a little salty! It has been my favorite since long time. I especially love the tender, flavorful pork ribs with the incredibly thick, sweet and tangy sauce. Absolutely, totally delicious!

Chinese Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs cooking recipe

If you’re a lover of sweet and sour cuisines, then this dish is just for you! You can easily find all the ingredients from any Asian market. This dish is very easy to make and the result is wonderful!

Go ahead and try Chinese sweet and sour pork ribs today. Here’s a recipe to the mouthwatering delicacy that can be made in no time! Delicious dish is now not far enough!

Chinese Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs cooking recipe

Chinese Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs cooking recipe

Chinese Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs cooking recipe


Chinese Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs

  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Serving Size: 2


  • 1 lb pork ribs
  • 1/2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Chinese vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 star anise
  • 1/2 knob ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 1 tsp white sesame seeds (optional)
  • 2 cups water
  • salt, to taste

Step by Step:

  1. Rinse pork ribs with running water.
  2. Cut the ribs into sections approximately 3 cm long and 2 cm wide.
  3. Place a saucepan over medium heat, add oil and sugar and stir constantly with a spatula. When the sugar is melted and it turns golden, pour some hot water (about 1 tbsp) into the wok. Simmer over a low heat till there is little juice left. P.S. This is a traditional Chinese cooking technique called chao tang shai that adds color to the meat without using dark soy sauce or deep-frying the meat.
  4. Heat oil in another saucepan/wok over medium high heat. Add pork ribs, star anise, scallion and ginger. Stir fry until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add in the melted sugar and coat the meat.
  5. Add soy sauce, vinegar, shaoxing wine, and cook for another 3 minutes. Then pour in water, cover and simmer over a medium heat. Stir occasionally and add more water as needed. Cook until ribs become tender and the sauce has thickened, about 25 minutes.
  6. Transfer to a platter, garnish with scallion and white sesame seed if desired. Serve warm.

If you try this, do let me know how it turns out! Happy cooking!



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  1. November 24, 2015 / 2:19 pm

    Looks very authentic! (speaking from an expert:) Just kidding.

    • November 24, 2015 / 2:52 pm

      Haha thank you! It tastes authentic too. 😀

  2. November 24, 2015 / 2:57 pm

    I could sit down to this lovely spread, right now. Charles

    • November 24, 2015 / 5:12 pm

      Thank you Charles!! Give it a try then! XD

  3. November 24, 2015 / 5:15 pm

    I love ribs and I love sweet and sour. I will be trying this soon, I reckon.

  4. November 24, 2015 / 7:10 pm

    Very nice recipe!!! It reminds me of my mom’s red braised ribs 🙂

    • November 24, 2015 / 7:58 pm

      Thank you Angie! Me too!! I missed the flavor so much! 🙂

    • November 24, 2015 / 10:17 pm

      Thank you so much! 😀 You should give it a try. It’s very delicious, and so easy to make, seriously!

  5. November 25, 2015 / 4:31 am

    Oh wow ! this is divine 🙂 . My husband is really going to love me when I make these. By the way, your pics are amazing Charlotte. Have a great day.

    • November 25, 2015 / 9:57 am

      Thanks so much for your kind words Lynne! Yes, yes, yes, this is very delicious! Definitely give it a try! I’m sure if would be a big hit! 😀 keep me posted! Have a great day! 🙂

  6. November 25, 2015 / 9:00 am

    These look yummy and my boys will love them. Had to pin this! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • November 25, 2015 / 10:02 am

      Aw thank you so much! I’m so happy you liked my recipe and my pics! It’s my pleasure! Let me know if you and your families like it! 😀

  7. November 25, 2015 / 9:31 am

    wow, so great! Thanks for the authentic recipe! by the way, I also love the spicy “paigu”, if you know the recipe i’d be glad to try it to if next time you post about it!!!

    • November 25, 2015 / 10:05 am

      You’re most welcome! I’m so glad you liked it! That’s a great suggestion! I’ll make a “paigu” dish soon! Will let you know! Have a great day! 😀

  8. November 25, 2015 / 10:58 pm

    Had this dish last weekend thinking how awesome it is, I should definitely try this at home. I like the fact that you are you using any starch in your sauce, which what most people seem do here in HK. Thanks for sharing!

    • November 26, 2015 / 12:39 am

      Thank you Jin! Yes, I don’t always use starch because starch makes meat way too sticky and the original taste will be taken over. 😛 You should try it at home. It won’t disappoint you! 😀

  9. November 26, 2015 / 5:42 pm

    Love this blog! I’ll have to try all the recipes!

    • November 26, 2015 / 7:26 pm

      Thank you Jennifer! Let me know if you enjoyed them! 🙂

  10. December 4, 2015 / 9:12 am

    Can’t go wrong with sweet and sour❤️!

    • December 4, 2015 / 1:02 pm

      Yes, yes, yes, I’m obsessed with it! :)))

  11. December 11, 2015 / 10:14 pm

    This looks wonderful! I always really like sweet and sour foods.

    • December 12, 2015 / 1:11 am

      Thank you! 🙂 Me too! Sweet and sour foods have never disappointed me!

  12. December 19, 2015 / 6:22 pm

    This looks SOOO yummy I can’t wait to make it this week! I always have themed dinners through the week and this will be a great addition to my ‘Homemade Chinese Take-out Day’.

    • December 19, 2015 / 6:36 pm

      Thank you soooo much! Themed dinner sounds great, it must add a lot of diversity and fun to family mealtimes. I should try sometimes!
      This dish is very delicious and easy to make, seriously! Let me know how it turns out! 🙂

  13. December 21, 2015 / 4:50 pm

    I’ve been wanting to make these since forever! I’ll try this out sometime! 🙂 Looks absolutely delish!

    • December 22, 2015 / 5:11 am

      Aww thank you for your lovely comment! It was very delicious! I’m sure you will love it! 🙂

    • December 23, 2015 / 12:35 am

      Thank you! It really was! :)))

  14. Ther
    January 7, 2016 / 6:11 pm

    This is one of my favourite recipes or food from China!

    Thanks for posting …

    • January 7, 2016 / 11:14 pm

      Aw you’re very welcome! It is a tempting dish, very delicious and visually appealing! Let me know if you try it! 🙂

      • January 8, 2016 / 12:18 am

        Hi Charlotte! Are you back in NY now? Charles

        • January 8, 2016 / 2:00 am

          Hi Charles! I’m still in Shenzhen, China. Will be back in NY in a week! Thanks! 😉

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