Sweet Sour Pork Spare Ribs

This is one of those local dishes that I always thought was too complicated to make. It's my dad's specialty and I was surprised to learn that it's quite simple but packed with flavor! The tender pork and tangy glaze is complemented by the peppery crunch of the daikon radish. As with many of the dishes we feature, the key to this recipe is timing - adequate browning and tenderizing of the pork. Don't rush it - give yourself some time to properly brown and simmer your pork - the result will not disappoint!



  • 2 lbs Pork Spare Ribs

  • 1/2 lb Cubed Pork Butt

  • 3 TBL Vegetable Oil

  • 2 Slices Ginger Root (about 1/2 inch thick), Crushed

  • 1 TBL Garlic, Minced

  • To Taste Salt

  • 2 TBL Oyster Sauce

  • 3 Cups Warm to Hot Water

  • 1-1/2 Cups Granulated Sugar

  • 1-1/2 Cups Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 1/4 Cup Aloha Brand Soy Sauce

  • To Taste Sliced Daikon Radish



  1. Place a pot on high-heat, add vegetable oil. Once oil is hot, add in crushed ginger root and minced garlic. Saute until browned, about 25-30 seconds.

  2. Add pork spare ribs and cubed pork butt. After a couple minutes, season with salt, to taste. Allow pork to brown, turning periodically so pork reaches an nice golden-brown color (about 10-12 minutes or until completely browned).

  3. Just before browning is complete, add oyster sauce, mix to coat pork, and let simmer for another 2 minutes.

  4. Turn down fire to medium-high heat. Add in water, sugar, apple cider vinegar and soy sauce, stir well until sugar dissolves. Cover pot and let simmer for at least 1-hour; you may choose to simmer a little longer until pork is tender. *Be sure to stir pot periodically during this simmer process. Halfway through (about a half-hour in), uncover pot and allow to simmer without the lid.

  5. Once pork is tender and sauce is a nice glaze, add daikon radish to pot and combine. Place lid back onto pot, turn heat down to low and finish by simmering for another 5-minutes.

  6. Remove from heat and serve immediately. Enjoy!

*Some enjoy sweet sour spare ribs with sliced carrots and pineapple chunks added or garnished with green onion. If so, add when combining daikon radish, or with green onion, garnish while plating. We enjoy the simplicity of just the daikon - the peppery-earthiness complements the sweet sour glaze beautifully without over complicating flavors. However you choose to finish this dish, make it your own!



To see this recipe in action, watch Ocean's tutorial below:

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