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How to make Salt and Pepper Pork Ribs 椒鹽排骨

We cooked Salt and Pepper Pork Ribs 椒鹽排骨 and made an accompanying video. Ribs are a big favourite for a Chinese starter dish and it’s also true in Taiwanese cuisine. This is our favourite way to prepare ribs, the other common Taiwanese way to use ribs is in a clear soup which will appear on TaiwanDuck later in the year. Whatever you make with the ribs make sure you choose some nice meaty ones from a good butcher!

salt and pepper ribs

salt and pepper ribs

The ingredients 食材 (for 4);

salt and pepper ribs ingredients

salt and pepper ribs ingredients

  • 500g Pork Ribs, chopped
  • Onion, Garlic, Ginger, a red chili
  • A Spring onion
  • A red pepper
  • Potato flour, Water
  • Sweet potato powder
  • Rice wine, Sesame oil
  • Black, white & red pepper
  • Salt, Five spice
  • Black vinegar (or Worcester Sauce)

The method 作法;

  1. chop up the ribs and put them in a mixing bowl
  2. add a dash or rice wine, sesame oil and black pepper, white pepper and red pepper
  3. now add the black vinegar (or Worcester Sauce)
  4. add a little potato flour and a dash of water and mix it all up with your hands
  5. a minute later take the rib pieces one by one and coat in sweet potato flour (potato flour is OK if you can’t get that)
  6. now you are going to deep fry the ribs so you need the oil between 1 and 2 inches deep, get it very hot and put the ribs in (the flour on the ribs should have started to wetten – this means it’s bonded to the meat, good)
  7. cook til golden brown, close the heat and keep the ribs in the hot oil to cook through for 3 minutes
  8. drain the ribs and put them to one side
  9. in another hot pan stir fry all the veg and spices (garlic last)
  10. in the original pan get the oil very hot again and re-fry the ribs for a minute
  11. drain the ribs and put them in with the spices and vegetables, stir fry and toss it all for a minute on very hot heat
  12. That’s it ready to eat, garnish with choppen spring onion and serve with rice and greens if it’s a main course rather than a starter (we did!)
    salt and pepper ribs

    salt and pepper ribs


Joanne has recorded a Salt and Pepper Pork Ribs 椒鹽排骨 cooking video so you can see and follow the timings, techniques, and method step by step, as she prepares this popular meaty starter (or main). We love salt & pepper dishes, it’s not just the salt and pepper that make the taste it’s also mainly the chopped chili and method of stir frying to coat all the meat with this delicious combination of spices. A good serving of rice and greens helps absorb the spicy heat and is a platform for the flavour.

How to make Salt and Pepper Pork Ribs 椒鹽排骨, cooking video

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  1. Hi guys

    So glad to see your new website. It’s really nice to see not just Taiwanese recipes but also the connection with how to make it in the UK; finding the right ingredients etc.

    I’m a young English chap with a big heart for Taiwan! My friends call me 大厨 because I love to cook Chinese and Taiwanese food so much. I work for an international Christian organisation and have met many Taiwanese who come to study with us. I love to cook for them. My favourite Taiwanese street food I like to cook in the UK is Gua Bao 刮包. So good!!

    Anyway, just to say ‘hello’ and encourage you in your creative work on your website.


    • Hi Richard, thanks for your comment! We are very happy to hear you love Taiwnaese food and make it for your friends. You are a big heart chef! We love Gua Bao too, which is also on this website somewhere. Happy Easter! Mark & Joanne

  2. I recently found this site, can’t wait to try your recipes. I am from Taiwan and live in the Midwest, USA. It is hard to find good Chinese/Taiwanese restaurants here. I was wondering, do you take any requests? I love Taiwanese breakfast and was hoping to find some recipes. Thanks

  3. I made ‘dan bin’ and omlet rice before, both are good for breakfast, you can search them on this website. If you have any other special favourites, just ask. I live in UK so I sometimes have to use slightly different ingredients but still make delicious Taiwanese food!

  4. Cool that you have the recipe, but why don’t you have how much of the ingredients to put? Like how much salt and pepper do you need?

  5. Joanne, I love a Taiwanese dish made with pork ribs cooked with red rice yeast. I hope you know what I am talking about. Can you show us how to make it if you got a chance? Thanks.

  6. It was absolutely delicious. My family loved it.

  7. absolutely fabulous!!! I made this dish for dinner and it was up to restaurant standard or if not better. Thank you for sharing your recipe online.

  8. Can’t wait to try this. Thanks so much for sharing. The video is very helpful! X

  9. can i use bread crumbs aside from sweet potato powder?thanks

  10. When do you put the salt? Is the red pepper chilli powder or the Hua Jiao powder? Thanks! 🙂

    • Put some salt in the marinade.
      Also when you stir fry the onion, chilli, ginger, garlic you also have some salt and pepper in. You can use white or black pepper as you wish. Its Hua Jiao powder. If you can buy Taiwan Salt n pepper powder its easy to use – all-in-one.

  11. when was the salt and five spice been added? It wasn’t mention on the method

  12. This is one of our favourite dishes we order from our local Chinese takeaway☺️ I’ll be making this at home with your help will let you know How I progress☺️

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