Sweet & Sour Pork Ribs

by Xiaoyang Zhang (Audrey), EIP Mentor and Alumni – Graduated Spring 2013



“Sweet and sour pork ribs is my grandmother’s special dish. She always jokes around saying that my grandfather married her because of this recipe!”


Pork ribs 600-800g

One teaspoon cooking wine

Spring onion sections

2 cups brown sugar

1/3 cup vinegar

2 tablespoons soya sauce

1/4 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon flour

1 egg

5 chunks of pineapples


  1. Fill wok halfway with water and turn on the heat.
  2. Slowly add the spare ribs, and make sure they are all covered by water.
  3. Once the water is boiling, add the cooking wine.
  4. Boil for about 10-15 minutes until the ribs are 70% cooked.
  5. Remove the ribs and place them in a colander, use hot water to wash them.
  6. Place the ribs in a big bowl, add sugar, vinegar, soya sauce, spring onion sections, flour and ginger.
  7. Crack an egg into it and stir well with chopsticks. Wait for another 15 minutes.
  8. Place a wok over high heat until hot. Add some cooking oil and throw the ribs into it.
  9. Fry the spare ribs until they turn golden.
  10. Add hot water into the wok, and make sure all the ribs are covered by water. Add pineapples.
  11. Cook over medium heat, and wait until the water in the wok is dry.
  12. Turn off the heat, pick the ribs out from the wok and enjoy!