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CHINESE PAI-KU (Chinese Sweet and Sour Spareribs), Chinese

Ingredients
  • 1 slab of pork spareribs, 2 ½ to 3 ½ lbs., cut in 1-inch pieces at butcher shop
  • 2 medium onions, cut in medium pieces
  • 1 No. 2 can chunk pineapple, drained
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ cup cornstarch to flour spareribs after par boiling
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
Preparation Instructions

Par boil spareribs. Cut ribs into mouth-size pieces. Wash once. Bring more water to a boil, add 1 ½ tsp. salt, and boil ribs until they shrink and bone shows on tip. Skim. Drain. Save liquid for soup stock. Cool ribs.

Flour ribs in paper bag with cornstarch. Fry in deep frying pan with chopped garlic until brown, stirring constantly. Drain extra melted fat. Add seasoning in order, additional sweetness or sourness according to individual taste, and let simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often. Add sliced vegetables and pineapple chunks and cook 5 to 10 minutes. Vegetables should be crisp when served. Serves 8.

Contributed by Mrs. Bee Tanimoto, 1950

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