Taiwanese Marinated Ribs Recipe

taiwanese marinated ribs



Pork Ribs are one of the most liked delicacies of Taiwanese culture. They are also popular in Japanese, Korean, American, and Chinese cuisine. These delicious pork ribs were introduced in the 19th century with different versions of cooking and serving. If you ever visit Taiwan or any other country that serves this dish, then do not forget to try this mouth-watering slice of heaven.


Types of Pork Ribs


Baby Back Ribs

Baby back ribs are located at the top of the rib cage between the spine and the spare ribs. These ribs are meatier than spare ribs, and the meat is found between the bones and on top of the bones. Each rack consists of 11-13 bones.


Spare Ribs

This part of ribs is taken from the belly side of the rib cage, in between the back ribs and the breast bone. These ribs have more fat which makes the meat tender and juicy. They are also called “side ribs.”


The butchers cut the ribs in many other styles, depending on the customer’s demand. Many people use only the back part of ribs or only the boneless ribs in their dishes. Some of the famous cuts of pork ribs are stated below;


Button Ribs

These ribs are found at the sirloin end of the loin, particularly round in shape. They consist of the last four to six bones on the backbones.


Country-Style Ribs

Country-style ribs are cut from the butt end of the loin near the pork shoulder. They contain bones from the shoulder blade and are meatier than other ribs.


Rib Roast

It is whole pork with back ribs attached to it; they are 2ft long in size. The butcher sells it complete or in parts.


These pork ribs are used in making numerous tasty dishes with a lot of creative ideas. By using different ribs, you can make fall bone oven-baked ribs, barbecue ribs, braised pork ribs, and marinated pork ribs.


Marinated Pork Ribs In Taiwan

The marinated pork ribs are an exceptional dish of Taiwan. You can serve these juicy and tender ribs with spicy sauces, sides, and other snacks. Mainly spare ribs are used all around the globe because they contain more meat and fat, making the meat tender and mouth-watering.

Don’t worry if you lack cooking skills; these pork ribs have been readily available in hundreds of barbecue stands, restaurants, and cafes since the 1930s. When these marinated ribs are professionally cooked, they yield a satisfying aroma as well as tart and juicy meat. Beautifully marinated pork ribs can quickly fulfill an adult’s hunger and satisfy his soul. 


You can eat these marinated ribs with or without white rice using chopsticks. These ribs will fulfill your cravings only when they are cooked with the right recipe and method. The recipe we prepare for these ribs includes meatish pork, Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, vinegar, and white pepper. The addition of cloves and white onion results in a heart-warming aroma that attracts people naturally.

Be sure that these pork ribs are covered while cooking at low temperatures and are marinated for enough time so that the tissues of the meat are broken down properly, making the meat tender. These ribs can be cooked on BBQ as well.



  • pork ribs (500 grams)
  • Salt (one teaspoon)
  • light soy sauce (one teaspoon)
  • boiled broccoli to garnish
  • ginger (20 grams) thoroughly sliced into 5cm length
  • light soy sauce (one tablespoon)
  • spice powder (half tablespoon)
  • white pepper (half tablespoon)
  • water
  • 5 white onions
  • Six pieces of cloves
  • Shaoxing wine (2 tablespoons)
  • Rice vinegar (1.5 tablespoons)
  • Secret ingredients (visit Memory Corner to taste them)


Instructions for Cooking

  1. Use spare ribs or back ribs of pork; we opt for spare ribs because they are meatier. Cut the spare ribs crosswise in long pieces.
  2. Pour some soy sauce and salt on them and leave them to marinate for at least one and a half(½) hours. If you are annoyed with the smell of pork, then you can dip the ribs in boiling water for a few minutes. This method will remove all the impurities and aroma of pork ribs.
  3. Deep fry the spare ribs to enhance more flavour, but don’t forget to add two tablespoons of oil and five tablespoons of water. If you eat less oily food, you can fry the pork ribs but do not forget to reduce the oil.
  4. Pan-fry the small shreds of garlic until their colour changes to light brown.
  5. Put the deep-fried spare ribs into the fried garlic pan.
  6. Make a mixture of shaoxing wine, soy sauce, vinegar, and salt. Pour this mixture on the spare ribs and add water until the ribs are covered.
  7. Now close the lid of the pan and let it boil at low temperature for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, stir the ribs thoroughly with the mixture of ingredients. After stirring, add sweet sugar and let it cook for another 20 minutes.
  8. After cooking it properly, remove the lid of the pan and check the tenderness of the spare ribs. If the ribs are not tender properly, then let it cook for a few more minutes.
  9. When the ribs are adequately cooked, mix them decently to coat the gravy properly.


Nutritional Benefits

Iron and zinc are the two minerals that are very important for your immune system. These marinated pork ribs can exceptionally fulfill your zinc and iron needs. A single serving of pork ribs enriches you with 30-50 % zinc and iron, depending on your gender and iron needs.

Each serving of marinated pork ribs brings you two vitamins, vitamin B-12 and vitamin D. Vitamin D strengthens your bones, teeth and manages calcium in your body. At the same time, vitamin B-12 maintains your nervous system and plays a vital role in oxygenating your tissues to keep the cells active.


For best health practices, eat pork ribs in moderation and opt for sauce that contains less sugar and sodium.


If you’re curious to know what makes our pork ribs are savoury and delicious, then the answer to your question lies in our secret ingredients. You will just have to visit Memory Corner to experience this heavenly dish and guess these ingredients while you eat!

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