Angel’s Sweet & Sour Spare Ribs

Angel, an international student from China at the University of Exeter, showed us a great Chinese recipe using traditional ingredients: Sweet & Sour Spare Ribs in the video. So if you fancy trying for yourself, here’s the recipe – it’s quick, easy and very tasty!


• 4 spare ribs, cut into serving pieces
• Vegetable oil
• 3 tbsp brown sugar
• 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
• 3 tbsp soy sauce
• 1 tbsp sesame oil
• 2 tbsp liquid cornstarch
• Lime and spring onions, to serve

1. First of all marinade the spare ribs in soy sauce so they’re totally covered – leave for 20 mins.
2. Now fry your spare ribs: heat a frying pan so it’s hot, then add some vegetable oil. Fry them for about 3-5 mins, turning them over so they’re cooked evenly and until golden brown. Remove from pan and put on a plate.
3. Make the sauce: heat some more vegetable oil in the same pan, then add the sugar, vinegar, salt, sesame oil. Once hot add your spare ribs back to the pan.
4. Now add the secret weapon in Chinese cooking: liquid cornstarch! Cook for about 3-4 mins until the sauce thickens, stirring constantly. Serve on a plate with some lime wedges and spring onions and you’re ready!

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