Chinese cuisine

Fall-Off-The-Bone Garlic Pork Ribs

Fall-Off-The-Bone Garlic Pork Ribs
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Imagine tender pork ribs, so delicate and succulent, it practically melts in your mouth. The marinade, a rich blend of minced garlic infused with traditional Asian seasonings, permeates the meat, leaving behind an irresistible aroma and flavor. As you bite into the golden, crispy exterior, the harmonious blend of spices, the subtle sweetness, and the savory depth of the sauces will leave you in awe.


This Garlic Pork Ribs recipe isn’t just about preparing a meal; it’s an exploration of textures and flavors, an adventure that transforms simple ingredients into a gastronomic delight. These ribs are a testament to the art of patience and precision in cooking, promising a result that is absolutely worth the wait.


Lye water, often used in Asian cooking and baking, can be purchased from several sources:

  1. Asian Grocery Stores: Many Asian supermarkets or specialty grocery stores stock lye water, especially those that carry Chinese, Korean, or Japanese food items. It’s commonly found in the baking or sauce aisles.
  2. Online Retailers: Websites like Amazon, Walmart, or eBay often have lye water available for purchase. This is a convenient option if you don’t have a local store that carries it.

Always ensure that the lye water you buy is labeled as food-grade and intended for cooking or baking purposes.

PRE TIME: 1 days 1 hr 15 min
TOTAL TIME: 1 days 1 hr 30 min
  • 2 lb. Pork ribs
  • 2 cup Lye Water or potassium carbonated and sodium Bi-carbonated solution
  • Marinade
  • 2 cup Minced garlic
  • 4 cup Water
  • Seasonings
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tbsp. Rice wine
  • 1 tbsp. Oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. White pepper
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tbsp. Corn starch
  • 1 tbsp. Sweet Rice Flour
Step 1
Step 1
Cut ribs apart into individual pieces.
Step 2
Step 2
Lye Water Soak: In a large bowl, soak the ribs in lye water for 6 hours to begin the tenderizing process.
Step 3
Step 3
Remove the ribs from the lye water and soak in cold water for 12 hours. Then, wash them under running water for 30 minutes to remove the alkaline taste. Pat dry with a kitchen towel.
Step 4
Step 4
Marination: Marinate the ribs with a mixture of minced garlic and water for 4-6 hours. The water helps the ribs fully absorb the garlic flavor.
Step 5
Step 5
Prepare Seasoning Mixture: In a mixing bowl, combine salt, rice wine, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, garlic powder, sugar, white pepper, egg, cornstarch, and sweet rice flour. Blend thoroughly and apply this mixture onto the marinated ribs. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Step 6
Step 6
Deep-Frying: Heat oil in a frying pan or wok on high to 300-350°F (150-180°C). Deep-fry the ribs until they are golden and crispy, about 10-15 minutes.
Step 7
Step 7
Serve the crispy, golden, flavor-packed ribs and relish each bite!
Final Notes
Final Notes
Using food-grade lye water is crucial in this recipe. It's a potent liquid alkaline that helps tenderize the ribs, giving them a unique texture and flavor.
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