Chinese Style Pork Spare Ribs
An easy recipe for authentic Chinese style sticky spare ribs.
Cuisine: Chinese Style Spare ribs
  • To serve - 4 - 6 people depending how hungry/greedy you are!
  • 1 -2 racks of higher-welfare pork ribs (1.5 -2 kg)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, coconut or ghee
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons Chinese five-spice
  • 2 bunches spring onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 fresh chillies
  • 3 star anise
  • 5 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons runny honey
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 100 ml water
  1. Place the ribs in a large pan and sprinkle on the spices and flavourings, turn them a couple of times in their nice bath of fragrant juices. Cover them tightly with a double layer of foil and allow them to marinade for a couple of hours if possible.
  2. Then put the pan in the oven for at least 3 hours on low 160 C (if you're in the kitchen, you can turn them over half way through - although this isn't vitally important!)
  3. Remove the ribs, cover with the foil and leave to stand in the warm oven..
  4. Transfer all the juices into a smaller saucepan, and reduce them down on the hob. Taste the sauce and tweak if necessary ( adding a little honey, salt or water)
  5. Pour the sticky sauce over the ribs and serve.
Recipe by Whole Food Home at