Sticky, Spicy Pork Ribs


Makes: 2 servings 

Time: 2 Hours


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1 lb 2 oz pork spare ribs

1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh ginger root

5 whole garlic cloves, peeled

1/2 cup light soy sauce

2 scallions, trimmed and finely chopped, to garnish


1 tablespoon sesame oil

1/4 cup gochujang (Korean red chile paste)

1/4 cup apricot jam

1 tablespoon regular soy sauce

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds

1 tablespoon white rice vinegar

8 garlic cloves, minced

2-inch piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and minced


Put the ribs in a large saucepan or stockpot with the ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and let cook gently for 1½ hours, until the ribs are tender and cooked through.

Meanwhile, combine all the sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix together well. Line a roasting pan with foil (this will make everything a lot easier to clean up later) and preheat the oven to 400°F.

Arrange the cooked ribs on the prepared pan and brush with the sauce to coat evenly. Roast in the
oven for 20 minutes, turning and basting the ribs with more sauce halfway through cooking.

Remove the pan from the oven and put the broiler on high. Brush the ribs once again with the remaining sauce, then broil for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the sauce is sticky and just beginning to char at the edges. Scatter with the scallions and serve.


Source: Da-Hae and Gareth West, The Splendid Table


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