Monday, February 10, 2014

Lemon & Honey Meaty Spare Ribs

This dish is one which we frequently order whenever we eat out at Chinese restaurants, as it is one of the kids' favourites, though most times we would request for chicken instead of pork. I was browsing thru my collection of local cookbooks, looking for ideas for dinner, and found this recipe, and decided to give it a try.

Meaty spare ribs are first marinated with some ingredients, and I have omitted the Maggi seasoning and added in some salt. I've noticed that the bicarbonate of soda, which acts as a tenderizer for the meat, is used rather too much at 2 teaspoons! I have reduced the amount to 1/2 tsp, as I do not want the overpowering taste of bicarbonate of soda which can be rather unpleasant to the taste buds!

I have used much more honey than it calls for in the recipe, as 2 tablespoons honey is not enough. Adjust according to taste. A nice dish to eat with plain steamed rice.

(my changes in blue)
Lemon & Honey Meaty Spare Ribs
(adapted from "Hawker's Fair Simplified")
1 kg meaty spare ribs, cut into pieces
oil for deep-frying

Marinade :
1 tbsp Maggi seasoning (omit this)
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp rose wine
1 egg
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt (my addition)
2 tbsp corn flour
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (1/2 tsp)
100ml water

Sauce :
2 tbsp lemon flesh (squeeze out juice of 1/2 lemon and scoop out the flesh)
2 tbsp honey (I use much more than this, adjust to taste)
1 tsp salt
200ml water

  1. Mix marinade ingredients in a bowl till well combined. Add the spare ribs and mix till evenly coated, covered, and keep in refrigerator for 3 hours.
  2. Heat up some oil for deep-frying. Fry spare ribs until golden brown all over. Dish and drain.
  3. Pour sauce into a clean wok and let boil until it turns a little syrupy. Add in the fried spare ribs and mix well till well coated with the sauce. Dish up and serve hot.

I'm linking this post to Little Thumbs Up, ingredient for this month is Lemons, an event organized by Zoe of Bake For Happy Kids and Doreen of My Little Favourite D.I.Y. and hosted by Grace of Life Can Be Simple.


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  1. Joyce, I love this dish! Spare ribs have always been my weakness ;P With lemon and honey, it just makes them even more tasty with the sweet and sour flavours. Great dish!

  2. Hi Joyce, Welcome back!
    I do hope you enjoyed your holiday with your family and friends:)

    Spareribs! Yipee! They always remind me of warmer weather for some reason:) I am really surprised at the use of baking soda in this dish. I've never heard it used as a tenderizer before. I think I would omit it all together and perhaps add a bit of pineapple juice as use that as a tenderizer most effectively. I love the simplicity of the sauce too:)

    Your spareribs look delectable Joyce. May I just have one nibble, please")

    Thank you so much for sharing...

  3. Joyce se ve muy rica esta comida ...el cerdo va muy bien con limòn y miel buena su tècnica,saludos hug,hugs.

  4. Sweet and tangy...totally my flavours!

  5. mmmmm honey.....these look incredible!!! sending lots of love to you along these lines, stop on by Mangiabella and enter my Valentine's Day giveaway!

  6. Hi Joyce,

    I was told that most commercial kitchens uses sacks and sacks of bicarbonate of soda to tenderise their meat. Sounds scary, sin't it? Our family is so fortunate to have us cooking for them... We didn't give them too much chemical but lot of real honey, lemon and love... LOL!

    Nice dish!


  7. Hi Joyce , boy , do those spare-ribs look delicious , and surprise , surprise , just saw an add they was Don sale at my favorite market , on my way to get some ;-D , thanks for sharing :)

  8. This is making my tummy growl with hunger, Joyce! It looks delicious.

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  9. Joyce, your honey spare ribs looks so good and I bet taste even better! I also tend to add more of certain ingredients as the one stated in the recipe tend to be too thin. I have got to look out for meaty spare ribs!

  10. i can smell this from here... i think the men are gonna go gaga over this dish!

  11. Hi Joyce, Very Yuumy! ....My favourite part of the meat.

  12. i have done my fair share of ribs but never used the combo of honey and lemon with them. I bet it gives such a refreshing flavor to the heaviness of the meat. So creative!

  13. Yum! These ribs look absolutely mouthwatering Joyce...I like the honey and lemon in the sauce...delicious!
    Have a great week my dear and thanks for the recipe :D

  14. Your spare ribs look finger licking good! Forget the fork or chop sticks, I'd grab them with my hands!