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Spare ribs in sour plum sauce

This spare ribs dish is indeed appetising because of its sauce .....sweet and sour with a slight tinge of chilli.  It's not fiery hot and I think kids will be able to enjoy it too.  As for me and my family members, we'll certainly need to top up our bowls with more rice to mop up the sauce.

You don't need to pound any of the ingredients, just give them a hard  bash like you would to 'hit little people' aka 'ta siu yan' and  here's how I did it.....

  • 500 gm pork ribs cut to 1.1/2 inch lengths and marinated with a bit of salt
  • 10 gm  young ginger, smashed and chopped
  • 10 pips of garlic, smashed and chopped
  • 1 red chilli, chopped
  • 1.1/2  Tbsp sour plum sauce
  • 1  tsp each of :  salt, light soya sauce, sugar and chilli sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • 1  tsp cornflour + 1 Tbsp water to thicken
  1. In a wok, saute the chopped garlic, ginger and chilli with some oil till fragrant.
  2. Toss in the pork ribs and stir-fry.  Add in water, sour plum sauce, chilli sauce, salt, light soya sauce and sugar, mix well and bring to a boil.
  3. Lower heat and cover up the wok, let ribs cook till tender and not too dry.  Fine tune to desired taste.
  4. Add in cornflour mixture to thicken, dish out onto serving plate.
  5. Serve hot with rice.


  1. Oh yeah ... this is nice. I have tried this. Give me a five!

  2. ha ha I like your terms of 'ta siu yan' My mom used to make this dish for us. I totally forgotten about this dish. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. My grandaunt made a steamed version instead, with the same ingredients. I was one of my chilhood favs.

  4. I want to cook this too. The kids will definitely love this sweet and sour dish. Looks so yummy!

  5. Yummy Bakes
    Yeah, it's delicious.

    Ha,ha, there are indeed a lot of 'siu yan' in this world, 'kacau, kacau'.

    Yes, you can steam this too but cooking this which involves a longer cooking period,does make the ribs more tender.

    Yes, most kids love sweet and sour stuff.

  6. yum!i'm familiar with this dish cos i cook this many times too and sometimes i add a little ketchup to it.

  7. Sweet and sour sauce gets lapped up here also. They don't even need to rice to mop up the sauce. Just a spoon! Delicious!

  8. Lena
    Yes, in fact you can add whatever sauce you fancy and it'll still taste good.

    Yeah, can't agree with you more!

  9. Oh! Just found a use for my plum sauce now :)

  10. Your recipe is truly unique and I loved the combination of ingredients used! Great pictures!! Would love to visit here again...

  11. Penny
    Yes, I try to make full use of whatever sauces I have. Plum sauce is versatile.

    purabi naha
    Thanks for stopping by. I just came back from your blog. Great too with step by step pics. Will certainly hop over for authentic Indian curries!


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