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I was very very very tempted by a photo of air-fried honey pork ribs on Facebook’s I Love Philips Airfryer page and had been wanting to cook it but the recipe shared was not detailed and in Chinese!!! A nightmare indeed..

Adapting the Chinese recipe  from Facebook and another recipe I found online (in Chinese too! what a horror) 阿基師偷吃步, I came out with my own version.

What you need

500g pork ribs (i used frozen pork ribs)


1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp ginger paste/ juice
1/8 tsp five spice powder
1 tbsp teriyaki sauce (i added this because the marinate seems too dry)

Sauce (mix all in a bowl besides the garlic)

1 tbsp light soy sauce
some chopped garlic
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp honey (can increase to 2 tbsp)
1 tbsp water
1/2 tbsp tomato sauce


1. Marinate the pork ribs with the marinate (i marinated them overnight)
2. Air-fry the pork ribs at 160degree C for 8mins, slightly under cook and set aside (normally the ribs will be deep-fried instead)
3. Stir-fry the chopped garlic with some oil till fragrant and pour in the sauce and bring it to boil
4. Do a taste test and adjust accordingly if desired. Otherwise, add in the air-fried pork ribs and stir-fry till cook and fully coated with sauce. (i fried till there’s no leftover sauce)
5. Serve warm, best with white rice

I am surprised how well this turned out! My slightly caramelized ribs.. The ribs are just cooked so the meat is still tender and juicy. The marinates are just right, not bland and not too overwhelming. The sauce could be a bit sweeter though, but nonetheless, it’s already pretty delicious! I coated some rice with the sauce and it was yummy! This is definitely appearing on the dinning table again. And definitely a healthier version as normally the ribs will be deep-fried first before coating with the sauce.


Updated 27 Sep 12: i used 2tbsp honey for the sauce and it’s just hit the spot and taste prefect

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