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Sweet and Savory Pork Spare Ribs

Sweet and Savory Pork Spare Ribs

Alison Kan
There are a lot of family variations of how to prepare these sweet and savory pork spare ribs, which are called 1-2-3-4-5 ribs due to the number of tablespoons of ingredients that you add to make the sauce. These ribs are pretty quick to whip up and make an easy meal simply served with white rice.
5 from 8 votes
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 2


  • 1 lb pork spareribs
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese Shao Shing cooking wine
  • 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 5 tablespoons water


  • Prepare your pork spareribs by cleaning and chopping into smaller pieces, about 1” to 2” long pieces.
  • Add all your sauce ingredients (cooking wine, rice vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, water) into a saucepan on medium-high heat.
  • Add your spareribs and cook for 5 minutes in the sauce while covered. Switch to low heat and simmer until the ribs are fully cooked, around 10 minutes depending on the size of your ribs, stirring occasionally.
  • Take the lid off and reduce the sauce on medium heat, about 2-3 minutes depending on your desired consistency. Serve immediately.
Keyword Pork Ribs, Sweet and Savory Pork Spare Ribs