Sarah Tiong’s salt and pepper pork ribs

Prep time 20 minutes Cook time 10 minutes

Serves 4 people



  • 600g pork spare ribs, cut into bite size pieces
  • Sea salt
  • ¼ cup Chinese cooking wine (or sake and mirin)
  • 1 thumb-sized piece ginger, grated finely
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salt flakes
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper (or mixture of peppercorns)
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 1 cup plain flour (or potato flour)


  1. 1.
    Marinate pork in wine, ginger and sugar for 20 minutes.
  2. 2.
    In a frying pan or wok, fry peppercorns and salt flakes over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  3. 3.
    Heat oil in a wok on medium. Coat the ribs with a few tablespoons of flour and a generous serve of the salt and pepper mix.
  4. 4.
    Deep-fry in 2 batches for 2-3 minutes each. Drain on kitchen paper.
  5. 5.
    Increase temperature of oil to high. Re-fry ribs in batches for 1-2 minutes, until golden and crisp. Drain on kitchen paper

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