Sweet and Sour Garlic Short Ribs: A Flavorful One-Pot Delight

If you’re looking for a lip-smacking recipe that will tantalize your taste buds, look no further than Taiwanese Sweet and Sour Garlic Short Ribs. This delightful dish, passed down from my mom, is guaranteed to be a favorite in your kitchen.

A Sticky Glaze That Will Leave You Craving More

Prepare yourself for an explosion of flavors as you savor each bite of these super tender short ribs coated with a delectable sticky glaze. The combination of sweet and sour, with a hint of garlic, is simply irresistible. Trust me when I say, you’ll be reaching for second and third helpings.

Garlic Short Ribs

The Secret Ingredient: High-Quality Soy Sauce

To truly elevate this dish, the key ingredient is high-quality soy sauce. Don’t underestimate the impact that a premium soy sauce can have on the flavors. That’s why I always choose Lee Kum Kee’s Premium line of condiments, including their Oyster Sauce, Soy Sauce, and Dark Soy Sauce. These affordable and accessible products add an extra dimension of taste to any recipe.

Blanching for an Added Flavor Boost

One crucial step in making this Taiwanese delicacy is to blanch the ribs before cooking. By boiling the pork for a few minutes and then rinsing it with cold water, you remove any impurities and enhance the flavor. This simple technique ensures that each bite is pure and delivers a more flavorful experience.

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The Perfect Pairing: Rice and Flavorful Glaze

To truly enjoy the richness of the sticky glaze, I recommend serving the Sweet and Sour Garlic Short Ribs with a generous bowl of rice. The combination is a match made in heaven. But here’s a pro tip: Don’t let the goodness stop there. You can also use the leftover oil and glaze to sauté vegetables like bok choy and broccoli, creating a perfect one-pan dinner that will impress your family and friends.

An Irresistible Recipe for Your Cookbook

Let’s get cooking! Here’s a simplified version of the recipe for Taiwanese Sweet and Sour Garlic Short Ribs:


  • 2 lb of Pork Side Ribs
  • 8 cloves of minced Garlic
  • 3 tbsp of Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp of Dark Soy Sauce
  • 3 tbsp of Rice Vinegar
  • 3 tbsp of Sugar
  • 2 tbsp of Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp of Chinese Cooking Wine (optional)
  • 2 cups of Water


  1. Cut the pork side ribs into cubes, following the bones. Boil the pork in water for 3-4 minutes, then set aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix the dark soy sauce, soy sauce, ketchup, rice vinegar, Chinese cooking wine, and sugar until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Heat a pan over medium-high heat and drizzle in oil. Once the oil is hot, add the pork and sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add the minced garlic to the pan and sauté together for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  5. Pour in the sauce mixture and continue stirring for 1-2 minutes until the pork is well-coated. Add 2 cups of water and bring it to a simmer.
  6. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let it simmer for 30 minutes, uncovered.
  7. Increase the heat to high and cook uncovered for an additional 3-4 minutes, allowing the flavors to intensify.
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Now it’s time to gather your ingredients, put on your apron, and venture into the world of Taiwanese cuisine. Prepare to impress your loved ones with these unforgettable Sweet and Sour Garlic Short Ribs. For more mouthwatering recipes and cooking inspiration, check out Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ’s website.

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