Introduction: Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs

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Every time I go home for the holidays, I'm amazed at how well-stocked my parents' pantry is compared to mine. While their's contains every type of spice and sauce available, my own kitchen staples consist of mainly soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and salt. Luckily, I've been able to discover some super simple, yet tasty, recipes that don't require much in the way of condiments - this recipe is one of my favorites.

These pork ribs require a little more effort than my usual dinner recipes, but the ingredients are simple, and they taste delicious. As a college student living by myself, I often make a huge batch that lasts me a couple days!

Step 1: Ingredients

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    Ingredients

    • Pork Ribs
    • Ginger
    • Green Onion
    • Sugar
    • Dark and Light Soy sauce
    • Dark Chinese Vinegar
    • Cooking Wine
    • Kitchen Supplies

    Kitchen Supplies

    • Cutting Board and Knife
    • Spatula
    • Pot
    • Pan
    • Bowl

    Step 2: Cut Up the Ingredients

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      We need to chop up 3 ingredients: the ribs, green onions, and ginger.

      • Cut the ribs to short uniform square pieces, separating each rib by the bone.
      • Wash the knife and chopping board, and cut the green onion into small, ~1cm pieces
      • Peel a small piece of ginger (I usually use about a piece about the size of a small bottle cap), and cut into thin slices

      Step 3: Boil the Ribs

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        This step isn't mandatory, but I like to boil the ribs first in order to render out some of the fat and reduce cooking time later on.

        • Boil water on the stove and add in the ribs
        • Let the ribs boil for about 10 minutes, then take them out and place them in a bowl

        Step 4: Marinate

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          • Mix together 2 teaspoons of light soy sauce, and 1 teaspoon cooking wine
          • Add the marinade to the ribs and let them sit for about 15 minutes

          Step 5: Cook and Simmer

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          • Add a couple of teaspoons of oil into a non-stick pan and turn on medium heat
          • Brown the chopped green onion and ginger
          • Add in about 2-3 teaspoons of sugar and wait until it is almost melted
          • Add in the ribs, and 1-2 teaspoons each of dark soy sauce, cooking wine, and vinegar
          • Add in 1/4 cup of water, and bring it to a boil
          • Cover the pan and continue simmering it for around 30 minutes
          • When the ribs are close to being done, the water should have evaporated, leaving behind a thickened brown sauce that sticks to the ribs

          Step 6: Garnish and Eat

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          • Chop some green onions
          • Plate the ribs and garnish with the green onions

          Enjoy!

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