Pork Spareribs Macao-style Asado with sweet and savory flavors you'll love with steamed rice. This Chinese-style pork dish is easy to make in one pot and sure to be a family favorite!
Pork Asado is one of the many Filipino dishes influenced by Chinese flavors, mainly from the use of star anise. The dish is traditionally made of a whole slab of pork braised in a sweet and salty mixture of soy sauce, brown sugar, and spices, which is then cooled and served in slices with the sauce.
However, I attended a small get-together last month and a Macao-style asado that uses pork spare ribs was the centerpiece of the party menu. I enjoyed the dish so much, I shamelessly cornered the already frazzled hostess to jot down the recipe for me.
I am sure pork slices are delicious especially with a gloriously sweet and savory sauce to spoon over steamed rice, but gnawing through meaty bones made the dish fun to eat.
Tips on How to Make Pork Spareribs Macao-style Asado
- Have the butcher cut through the bones to make slicing the spare ribs into 2-inch pieces easier.
- Feel free to swap the ribs with a meatier cut such as pork belly, shanks or Boston butt.
- If you'd like to add vegetables such as pechay and shitake mushrooms, check out my pata tim recipe which has the same set of flavors.
- The original recipe for this Chinese-style asado required only one step; all the ingredients are combined in one pot and simmered until the meat is fork-tender and the sauce is reduced. You can do this if you'd rather skip the extra work, but I highly suggest searing the ribs for an extra boost of flavor.
If you're looking for the Filipino version, check out my pork asado recipe. It has more of a tangy and savory taste than sweet and salty flavor but it's just as delicious!
Pork Spareribs Macao-style Asado
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 pounds pork spare ribs, cut into 2-inch pieces
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup soy sauce
- 4 pieces star anise
- 2 bay leaves
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a wide pan over medium heat, heat oil. Add pork and cook, turning as needed, until lightly browned.
- Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds or until aromatic.
- Add water and soy sauce. Bring to a boil, skimming any scum that floats on top.
- Add star anise and bay leaves.
- Lower heat, cover, and continue to cook until meat is tender.
- Add brown sugar and stir until dissolved. Continue to simmer until sauce is reduced.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.