Monday, August 23, 2010

Spare Ribs with Orange Sauce

A simple spare rib dish that doesn't take much preparation,  except that the spare ribs need to be fried first and then a quick braise in the sauce.  Another simple chinese dish that is great with plain white rice and one of my family's  favourite.

Spare Ribs with Orange Sauce
Ingredients :
600gm spare ribs, chopped to bite sized pieces
1 big orange, extract juice, cut outer rind (only the orange part)  to thin strips
cooking oil
1 egg, beaten
3-4 tbsp cornflour
1 clove garlic, sliced or mashed
2 slices ginger

Marinade :
1 tsp sugar
pinch of salt
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp orange juice (from above)
1 tsp ginger juice (pound some fresh ginger and extract juice)

Orange Sauce :
orange juice (balance from above)
3/4 cup water
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt, or to taste
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp plum sauce
1 tbsp chinese cooking wine

1 tbsp cornstarch solution (1 tsp cornflour dissolved in 1-2 tbsp water)

Method :

  1. Marinate spare ribs with marinade ingredients and set aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat oil. Mix spare ribs with the beaten egg and cornflour till well coated in a bowl.  Deep fry on both sides till golden brown and crispy.  Dish out and drain on paper towels.
  3. Mix sauce ingredients in a bowl together with the orange rind and adjust seasoning.  Mixture should be a little sour, sweet and salty.
  4. In clean wok, heat about 1 tbsp cooking oil. Saute garlic and ginger till light brown and fragrant.  Add in sauce mixture and let simmer over low heat for about 2 minutes.  Stir in the fried spare ribs and continue to stir for 1 to 2 minutes.  Add in cornstarch solution and stir until sauce has thicken slightly.  
  5. Dish out to serving plate and serve hot.  Enjoy.

I'm bringing this to Potluck Sunday at Mommy's Kitchen.


  1. These spare ribs look so good! I'd love them for dinner tomorrow!

  2. very good recipe.j think it's very lovely orange sauce.good.thanks

  3. This sounds delish! I know my husband would love it!

  4. Looks very yummy! Citrus and pork are always great together.

  5. Hi there! I saw you visited my blog, thank you!!!!!!!!!!!! you're my first international visitor!! :-D
    ps: those ribs are so yummy!!! i think i've just found what to cook tonight!thx!!

  6. Hi scrambledhenfruit,
    Hope you enjoyed your dinner!

  7. Hi lucy,
    Thank you for visiting. I have just hopped to yours. Your have a lovely site. Please do drop by again. Have a nice day.

    Hi Jessica,
    Your husband love Chinese food? Thanks for dropping in. Your have a lovely site. I have just visited you and will see you again. Have a pleasant day!

    Hi Angie,
    You are right, citrus really goes well with pork!

    Hi giulia,
    Wow, I'm really honored that I'm your first international visitor! Hope you enjoyed your dinner. I will be visiting you again soon! Have a nice day!

  8. Your spare ribs look delicious! The combo of ingredients is great and I can imagine how tender they are. I will have to try this because of the citrus flavor and all you have added to it! Yum!!!

  9. These look fantastic! I bet they have tons of flavor with the marinade and the orange sauce. Mouth-watering delicious!

  10. Hi Pam,
    Hi Reeni,
    Thank you. Citrus is really a nice complement to meat dishes. Have a lovely day.

  11. Fantastic flavors...Wow, love the orange and plum combo,and with the others...again fantastic :)

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