Vietnamese pork spare ribs recipe

Known in Vietnam as "Suom Lon Nuong" this dish is a perfect accompaniment to any barbeque or can stand on it's own. You can find roadside stalls throughout Vietnam grilling this dish on rustic grates over pans or pots filled with burning coals. These smoky fumes infuse with the dish to bring the meat alive. This recipe is really really simple but does take some planning as you will need to let the ribs soak up all the flavour overnight but, my goodness, is it worth it.

Ingredients in this oriental food recipe.

  • 1.5 kg of pork ribs
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 6 slices of ginger, diced
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 4 shallotts
  • 1 red chilli
  • 4 teaspoons of five spice
  • 2 tablespoons of brown pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of fish sauce
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick


1. Combine the Soy Sauce, fish sauce, vegetable oil, chopped garlic cloves, diced ginger, chopped shallotts, red chilli slices, five spice, brown sugar, star anise, crushed cinnamon stick in a bowl and mix.

2. Wrap with cling feel and leave in a fridge overnight for at least 8 hours.

4. Remove the ribs from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking to allow to thaw.

5. Heat the ribs by the barbecue as it comes to temperature.

6. Grill on the barbeque for about 15 minutes until golden brown and marked by the grill.

7. Remove from the grill and serve.