Asian Spare Ribs

Asian Spare Ribs

30 minutes
2 Serves

Enrich your favourite pork or beef ribs with the spice and flavour of Asia. Whites, like an aromatic gewürztraminer mix harmoniously with the spiciness of this dish. Alternatively, sip a spicy red alongside beef ribs.


  • Pork or beef spare ribs (at least 1 kilo each)
  • 5 stalks lemon grass, finely chopped
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 1\/4 cup palm sugar
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 60 mL fish sauce
  • 60 mL light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice wine
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 250 mL vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 125 mL holsin sauce
  • 60 mL raw sugar
  • 125 mL olive oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Chinese chilli paste


  1. Lay the ribs in a deep saucepan. In a large bowl, mix together the lemongrass, onions and palm sugar and mix well. Then add the remaining ingredients for the marinade and stir to a thick paste. Pour over ribs, cover and marinate in refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees C. Place ribs on a rack and bake for 1 hour, turning ribs over halfway through cooking.
  3. When ready to serve, combine all the ingredients for the glaze in a large bowl. Pre heat grill, then place the ribs under the grill. Be sure to turn occasionally and keep basting with the glaze. Cook until ribs are golden brown. Slice the ribs and serve garnished with lime wedges and coriander.