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Set the table with this homely dish of pork ribs which originated from Huaiyang cuisine from Jiangsu, China – it’s full of flavours and has a hearty sweetness.


  • 250 g pork ribs
  • 1 litre oil
  • 30 g green onion
  • 30 g ginger
  • 20 ml huatiao wine
  • 1 litre water
  • 200 ml dark vinegar (look for Zhenjiang vinegar from Yue Hwa Chinese Products)
  • 200 g sugar
  • 2 g roasted sesame seeds

Chop the pork ribs into 5 cm-long pieces.


Heat the oil in a wok and fry the pork ribs for two minutes. Strain the pork ribs from the oil and set aside.


Scoop out most of the oil and leave a few tablespoons to stir-fry the green onion, ginger and wine. Then add the pork ribs again.


Pour the water into the wok. Stir and bring to a boil. Then add 100 ml vinegar and 100 g sugar, lower the fire and cover. Braise for 30 mins until the flavours penetrate the pork ribs. Stir occasionally.


Add the remaining vinegar and sugar. Stir-fry the mixture over low heat until a sticky gravy coats the pork ribs.


Serve on a platter and garnish with roasted sesame seeds.

Recipe: Chef Qi Zhi Hai/Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel / Photo: Lee Jia Wen/The Straits Times

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