Bite-size Braised Spiced Boneless Pork Ribs

Bite-size Braised Spiced Boneless Pork Ribs

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  • 1 pound lean pork shoulder country-style boneless ribs, cut into 1- inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced peeled ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons sake or Chinese cooking wine, divided
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper, divided
  • 3 green onions, tied in a knot
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1-inch piece cinnamon stick
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons high-heat canola oil
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • Toasted sesame seeds (optional)


In a bowl, combine pork, ginger, garlic, 1 tablespoon sake or Chinese cooking wine, 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper. Let pork marinate for 10 to 20 minutes.

To make the sauce: In a small bowl, combine green onions, star anise, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, 3 tablespoons soy sauce, water, 1 tablespoon sake or Chinese cooking wine, balsamic vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper. Set aside.

Put oil and sugar in a wok, turn heat to low and stir until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium and keep stirring. When the mixture turns a light amber color, add marinated pork and stir until meat becomes light brown. Stir in sauce and mix well with meat. Cover and cook for 10 to 12 minutes. Uncover and stir over high heat until sauce thickens. Add white vinegar and toasted sesame oil and stir until meat is well coated with sauce, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve with optional toasted sesame seeds.

Special notes:

Turn this into a main dish by serving with steamed rice and vegetables.

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