Melt-in-your-mouth spare ribs with a tasty Chinese-style sauce.
750g/1½lb pork spareribs
600ml/1 pint groundnut (peanut) oil
2 tbsp finely chopped garlic
2 tsp five-spice powder
3 tbsp finely chopped spring onions
3 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
150ml/5fl oz chicken stock
1½ tbsp light soy sauce
2 tbsp dried grated orange peel
85ml/3fl oz Chinese black rice vinegar or cider vinegar
Have your butcher separate the spareribs into individual ribs and then into chunks which are approximately 7.5cm/3in long. Alternatively do this yourself using a heavy sharp cleaver that can cut through the bones.
Mix the marinade ingredients together in a bowl and steep the spareribs in the marinade for about 25 minutes at room temperature. Remove the spareribs from the marinade with a slotted spoon.
Heat the oil in a deep-fat fryer or large wok. When the oil is very hot and slightly smoking, slowly brown the marinated spareribs in several batches until they are brown. Drain each cooked batch on kitchen paper. (Leave the cooking oil to cool. Strain it through a filter if you want to re-use it when cooking pork.)
Put the sauce ingredients into a clean wok or frying pan.
Bring the sauce to the boil and then reduce the heat. Add the spareribs, cover and simmer gently for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
If necessary, add a little water to the sauce to prevent the spareribs from drying up. Skim off any surface fat, turn onto a warm serving plate and serve at once.
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