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Easy Chinese Garlic Ribs

Easy Chinese Garlic Ribs also known as Suan Xiang Pai Gu (蒜香排骨) is a super easy lip smacking pork rib recipe served with a delicious dry garlic mixture. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Marinating Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 40 mins
Course: Appetizers/ Snacks, Mains
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Appetizers/ Snacks, Chinese Cuisine, Chinese New Year, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Pork, Ham, Bacon
Servings: 4
Calories: 378kcal
Author: Healthy World Cuisine


  • 1.5 pounds pork ribs
  • 2 egg whites
    beaten (蛋清)
  • 2 tsp salt (盐)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar
    or sugar alternative (糖)
  • 1/4 cup rice wine
    (shao xing) (料酒)
  • oil (enough oil to submerge the ribs in oil in your wok or pan) (油)
  • 1/3 cup leek
    finely minced (大葱)
  • 2 tsp ginger fresh grated (姜)
  • 7 cloves garlic peeled and minced (大蒜)


  • Wash the ribs and cut into about one inch pieces.
  • In a medium bowl place ribs, beaten egg whites, salt, garlic powder, sugar and cooking wine.  Mix well and place in refrigerator for at least 3-4 hours, but best if left overnight to marinate.
  • Finely mince garlic, leeks and ginger and set aside. (Leeks and ginger will be cooked together later)
  • In the wok place about 1 tablespoon oil and fry garlic until just aromatic about 1 minute. Then remove and set aside. (Do not burn as it will turn bitter)
  • Then place into wok/pan enough oil so that ribs will be submerged in oil and turn on heat to medium hot (About 2-3 cups-depends on size of wok or pan)
  • Check the temperature of the oil in wok. (Place wooden chop stick tips into the oil and if bubbles form, it is ready)
  • Put carefully and slowly 5-6 ribs at a time in the oil and cook for about 10- 12 minutes until nice and golden brown and set aside. Turn ribs periodically so it gets golden brown on all sides. Finish cooking the rest of the ribs in small batches. Drain ribs and keep warm.
  • Carefully remove all, except for about 1 tablespoon of oil, from the wok and set aside.
  • Add chopped ginger and leeks to pan and saute slightly for about 1 minute and then add the cooked ribs and the cook garlic back to the pan and stir gently.
  • Remove ribs from wok and place on a serving dish. Suan Xiang Gu can be a lovely starter dish or a complete meal with rice and vegetables on the side. Hen hao chi (很好吃)  Enjoy!


The ribs are more tender and delicious if you allow them to marinate overnight. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 1287mg | Potassium: 356mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 124IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg