Monday, March 1, 2010

Sweet And Sour Chicken Spareribs 糖醋雞排


One mustn't confuse this Sichuan classic with the Cantonese version of sweet and sour dishes so popular in the west. Its Chinese name means sugar and vinegar chicken spareribs,  obviously sweetness comes from the sugar and sourness from Chinese Chinkiang vinegar. A dish often associated with pork ribs but I decided to use chicken spareribs instead since I happened to have some in the fridge.
Like all the Chinese classics that I prepared in the past week, this is a very simple dish with no hard to get or fancy ingredients needed, just all the basics and lots of love!




serves 4 as part of a Chinese meal
you'll need;
500 g of chicken spareribs
1 tbs of grated ginger
dash of soy
dash of sesame oil
dash of Chinese cooking wine
3 tbs of corn flour

for the sauce;
3 tbs of Chinkiang black vinegar
2 tbs of light soy
4 tbs of sugar
dash of sesame oil
1.5 tbs of corn flour
2 garlic cloves, chopped
3 cm knob of ginger, minced
1/2 cup of stock
toasted sesame seeds

Marinate the chicken pieces for at least an hour.


Mix all sauce ingredients (except the stock, ginger and garlic and sesame seeds), set aside.



Fry chicken pieces til golden and crispy.

Fry ginger and garlic with a little peanut oil then pour in the stock follow by the sauce mix, cook til the sauce thicken.



Place fried chicken on top of some mixed salad leaves.

Pour the sauce over and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top. Serve immediately as part of a Chinese meal.

50 comments:

  1. I see "lots of love"!! Yes, I know why I love all the dishes you cook now, coz I see love in them.

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  2. You are so right about the classic dishes, they are just so simple and delicious! I must try it with chicken spareribs too!

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  3. Oh I love asian style dishes like this! I could have it everyday! :)

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  4. I have yet to try the Sichuan version of sweet and sour, this looks really delicious and so simple too!

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  5. Oh very different from the sweet and sour that I know :) It looks really delicious and so simple to prepare too!

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  6. kenny,
    Oh thank you very much!

    LMH,
    I think that's why I have been cooking the classics :) Thank you!

    Bo,
    Give it a try!

    Sook,
    The best thing is it's so so easy to prepare!

    love to eat,
    You will never look back once you have tried it!

    TRicia,
    Indeed! Do give it a go!

    Fresh Local and Best,
    Yeah if you like the beautiful aroma of Chingkiang vinegar :)

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  7. Oh you continue to cook my childhood favourites! Is Gong bao chicken next? :)

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  8. Where's the tomato ketchup and why isn't it orange ? Only kidding, another great recipe !

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  9. ABsolutely delicious, am loving it..

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  10. Again another delicious dish makes me drooling...

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  11. Wow, so delicious LOL! I just love this flavourful dish.

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  12. tt looks absolutely yummy!!! as always!! O MY mmmmmmm

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  13. décidément moi qui adore le poulet je suis gâté, j'adore
    bonne journée

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  14. shanshan,
    Haha maybe next week :)

    little panda,
    Me too :)

    Mr Noodles ,
    Haha thank you very much! :)

    priya,
    Thank you!

    Amanda,
    Muchas gracias! besos.

    Anncoo,
    Thank you :)

    My Little Space ,
    Thank you very much!

    zurin,
    Haha thank you! :)

    Fimère ,
    Je suis heureuse que vous aimiez le plat, je vous remercie!

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  15. This is my kind of dish, I must prefer this than the Cantonese version! Thank you!

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  16. Harriet from CarltonMarch 1, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    This sounds very interesting! I especially like the toasted sesame seeds on it!

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  17. Wow, I wish I lived nearby. Your everyday meals so blow me away. Slurp!

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  18. That would be my type of finger food!

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  19. 又一道好菜!你家人可真有口福呀!

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  20. Ok, so I'm offering a holiday in the sunshine and a swimming pool... now pleeaaaassseee come and cook for me :0)

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  21. rosa,
    I think the Cantonese vrsion can be great too if it is cook properly :)

    Harriet,
    Me too I put sesame seeds on almost everything

    shaz,
    Haha just very simple meal, sure I'll invite you over when you visit Melbourne next!

    Premalatha Aravindhan ,
    Thank you!

    Angie,
    Haha you might need to double the quantity!

    大肥 ,
    謝謝!他們真的是有口福,哈哈!

    Eternally Distracted ,
    Oh is the ticket included :)

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  22. Crispy and delicious, and the sesame seeds finish it off beautifully!

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  23. Is this a Sichuan week? This looks really good and I would like to order some dan dan noodles please!

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  24. Gosh, so mouth-watering! Will need a second helping of rice.

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  25. I've got to quit reading this blog when I'm starving! This look fabulous!

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  26. Chicken Spareribs? Hmm, never heard of it but definitely worth trying. This goes into the list of must-try!

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  27. This is a must try for me! I love your citrus chicken ribs, this looks really good too!

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  28. This sounds wonderful, love the sweet & sour flavors!

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  29. Not a good idea to visit your blog when I'm hungry :) Looks really good!

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  30. Am drooling here...lovely dish..loved the sesame sprinkle on the top :-)

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  31. This would make for a very good dinner dish with rice. My children would love it very much.

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  32. awesome it looks....great dish!

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  33. Looks amazing! I pretty much love anything with soy sauce.

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  34. Slurp!!!Looks fabulous!!This is really making drool :)

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  35. OOo...I think I will fail in this as I don't have a proper wok or heat that is high enough on my stove...

    Where is the Belly Pork with Yam you promised to post up?? WHERE??? *dies from hunger*

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  36. What a fabulous post. The chicken looks wonderful and I'm sure it tastes every bit as good as it looks. I stopped by to say hello and stayed longer than I intended. I really like what I found here. I'll be back often.

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  37. sesame really adds flavour doesn't it?

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  38. Very interesting!! Looks very tasty!

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  39. Suresh, another fabulous dish. If I bring a good bottle of wine, can I pull-up a chair and join you at the table? What a treat your dishes are for the taste buds.

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  40. Hey buddy we tried this with pork the very first time last month, your version looks fantastic!
    We have been making tomato fried eggs for the last 2 nights! Certainly is a new favourite now! cheers!

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  41. conor,
    thank you very much!

    KL girl in MELB ,
    Oh no not really haha! I'll do that soon.

    Cheah,
    Haha thank you!

    Sinful Southern Sweets,
    Haha please don't do that :) Thank you!

    Cool Lassi(e) ,
    Thank you! It is a cut that you can find at an Asian butcher.

    Mary,
    Thank you very much!

    5 Star Foodie ,
    Thank you! It is a good combination.

    darren ,
    Thank you! might inspire you to cook though!

    Gulmohar ,
    Thanks! Yeah the sesame seeds are great with this dish.

    Mary,
    Thank you! Make some for them!

    ARUNA,
    Thank you!

    Paul,
    Thank you! Soy is one of the ingredients I'll take to the desert island :)

    kothiyavunu ,
    Thanks hehe!

    msihua,
    Oh I have a battered old wok and stove too :) I use a thick bottom pan for shallow frying, it works!
    Coming soon! :)

    Mary,
    Thank you very much! Come visit soon!

    CUMI & CIKI,
    Absolutely!

    Michael,
    Thank you very much! :)

    Velva,
    We will love to have you over anytime :) Thank you!

    buddy,
    Thank you!
    I'm glad that is your new favourite! Bet it would be so good with all your fresh eggs and tomotoes!

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  42. Oh YUM! This will make me feel better from my cold

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  43. Darling, I don't think you cooked this for us before! :(
    Went to Golden Miles again and did a big shop :)
    Sophia xxx

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  44. Penny,
    Thank you! hope you'll get well soon! :)

    Sophia darling,
    No I don't think I knew too much about Sichuan food then.
    Wonderful! What did you buy? xxx

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