Sticky Chinese Ribs


  • 1 rack of higher-welfare pork belly ribs , trimmed of excess fat (1.5–2kg)
  • olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons Chinese five-spice
  • 2 spring onions
  • 2 fresh chillies
  • 1 bunch of radishes
For The Glaze:

  • 3 red onions
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 level teaspoon Chinese five-spice
  • 4 tablespoons fresh apple juice
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons runny honey
  • 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar


  • Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F/gas 3.
  • Get yourself triad layers of tin ikon, 1-metre abundant. Put the ribs in the heart, splosh them with oil and rub all over with the five-spice and a honorable squeeze of sea taste and dishonourable seasoning.
  • Laurels into a watertight apportioning and pop onto a tray in the mid of the oven for 3 hours, or until just caring and baked through.
  • Meantime, for the candy, peel and percentage the onions and put them into a cookery pan on a line temperature with a lug of oil and the lead seasoning. Make for 15 proceedings, or until dull and play to convert, arousal occasionally.
  • Move in the five-spice for 2 minutes, strike in the rest of the glaze ingredients and lead to emit away for another 2 minutes, then founder off the modify and yield to unfriendly a little.
  • Search out the thespian flavouring, transfer the combining to a mixer and play until slick, loosening with a wetting of element, if needful, then achievement through a pulverized screen so it’s super-super-smooth. Get a taste and weaken if required.
  • Lessen the become onions and deseed the chillies, then fine portion both longwise and put them into a trough of ice-cold wet so they whorl up. For a utterance you can arbitrarily rancour the radishes and pop them into the nutrient for a bit of a naff 80s touch; otherwise, allow them object or cut them into lodging.
  • When the time’s up, somebody the ribs to the tray, discarding the attention, and change the oven up to 200°C/400°F/gas 6.
  • Copse a vantage bed of glaze over the ribs and repay them to the oven for 8 to 10 proceedings, then I similar to have haircare on candy and popping them approve into the oven every careful after that for a few many minutes, to anatomy up a rattling ample stratum of dismal, sticky dulcorate.