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Honey Garlic Spareribs - Chinese Restaurant Style

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Honey Garlic Spareribs Chinese Restaurant Style

I’m going to show you how to make Chinese restaurant style Honey Garlic Spare ribs. These are sweet, savoury and candy like and the best part super easy to make. These ribs are found in many Chinese restaurant menus in Canada but they are actually are not found on any restaurant menu in China or Hong Kong. My dad had a Chinese Restaurant, this recipe was the one he used and now I’m sharing it with you. I’ve modified this recipe to use it in the Instant Pot as well.

A bit of trivia and history, this recipe was developed for the North American market by Chinese immigrants in the 60s or 70s trying to make a living serving food for a market that would not have a desire or palate to try “traditional” Chinese food. So hence was bone dishes like General Taos Chicken, Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls, Beef and Broccoli and Honey Garlic Spareribs, but while these dishes are different than traditional Chinese food, the techniques and essence of Chinese cooking is still applied to these dishes, even if they are for the North American market and palate.

I think Honey Garlic Spareribs is a perfect comfort food!

Step 1: Ingredients:

Picture of Ingredients:

The list of ingredients is short:

  • 1 Rack of Pork Side Ribs (about 3-4 lbs) or Pork Shoulder cut into Small Chunks
  • 2 Cups Dark Brown Sugar
  • Handful of Garlic Cloves Smashed (about 12-18 cloves)
  • 5 Tablespoons Light Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Dark Soy Sauce
  • Water

Special Equipment:

  • Instant Pot

*Notice that missing from this list is honey, that’s the big secret and joke, is there is no honey in honey garlic spareribs.

ratt577 months ago
Looks great, Andrew!! But even though you're stating to add one cup of water in your video, it looks like you added quite a bit more...
bstighe7 months ago
Thank you for your great instructable. Will be making this in my slow cooker. Thank you again.
Ninzerbean7 months ago
For 20 years I've been looking for the honey garlic chicken recipe used at a Chinese restaurant in Ottawa that my then boyfriend would get all of his relatives when they visited to bring down the chicken to Ft Lauderdale. It was so good - but the restaurant closed without ever sharing the recipe. Maybe it was your dad's... Anyway I will give this a try. No honey, that is funny.
Would this work in a pressure cooker. What changes would be needed.
lynnekz8 months ago
Could you do this in a regular crockpot? I don't have an instapot.
An instapot is merely a 21st century crockpot. The difference is that in a crockpot you don't have the electronic timer, and it doesn't incorporate a pressure cooker as well. You can do this using a crockpot. You just need to leave the ingredients in there for 2-3 hours (like he suggests if you're cooking this on top of the stove) so the meat becomes very well cooked (it's pork after all. You want to make sure it's cooked thoroughly to avoid any possible problems with undercooked pork) and tender. I've done something similar without the brown sugar in my crockpot and it comes out just as delicious.
Hope this helps.
serhardt8 months ago
These look amazing, just need to wait until I'm not on a diet to try them :-)
jessyratfink8 months ago
Ohhhhhh yes. Anything with that much garlic has to be delicious :D