Spareribs are our staple. If a Chinese restaurant has spareribs on their menu, we will have them on our plates. They’re the common thread that we can compare and contrast from restaurant to restaurant. Growing up, the ONLY food I would eat a Chinese restaurant was spareribs. As my palate has expanded, so has my tummy. But, I digress. Sparerib, why do we love thee so much?
I think their appeal is the call to our ancestor self. Eating meat right off the bone of a freshly killed, and cooked, animal. You bite them, rip the meat off the bone, suck the flavor of every last morsel. And then have another. And another.
You don’t need a knife, nor fork to eat them. Heck, you don’t even need chopsticks. What you need is a voracious appetite to eat like a horse (but, not eat a horse. Pork is preferable; Beef if you must). You know you’re going to get sloppy eating. And you know you’re (hopefully) going to love it. And you really really love the lemon scent of the wet-naps they give you to clean yourself up afterwards. Mmmmm… Ahhhh!! Heaven on earth!
Slather on some tangy, sweet, succulent BBQ sauce, and you’ve got an elixir that’s guaranteed to satisfy.
There’s just some comfort that I get from the aroma of spareribs, the way they feel in my hands, the sauce that gets on my lips and chin, and happiness that I feel in by belly. What a great start, if they’re good, to what I know will be a great meal. Though we haven’t documented a perfect correlation between how good a Chinese restaurant’s spareribs are and how the balance of these dishes are, it’s still good to start your meal off with a good rib. Or two! Bet you can’t eat just one!
And if you can’t get your sparerib on, you can even make your own spareribs at home with the recipe we posted a few months ago.
Can you help me solve this conundrum? Is it spareribs? Or, spare ribs?[polldaddy poll=8385732]
Thank you for clarifying this for Mee.
Humbly submitted for your consumption,
—Mee Magnum (“Chop! Chop!”)
Funny, I never associate Chinese food with spareribs! I associate that w/ BBQ joints. When I think of Chinese food, it’s dim sum, egg drop soup, low mein, chow fun, all those types of things…
Courtney, try ’em… I think (hope) you’ll like them!
Don’t eat spare ribs, but the picture makes it look delish. Oddly, it makes me hungry for some chicken wings. 😛
Shantala, please don’t forget that recipe we posted for Hoisin Chicken Wings, https://www.thechinesequest.com/2015/02/recipe-hoisin-chicken-wings/ !
I think either spelling is accepted, but the preferred is spareribs. Otherwise, it might suggest you have extra ribs and I am sure that isn’t the case even if there is a pile sitting on your plate. Sort of like the seagulls in “The Little Mermai” — “mine. Mine!” And if they are on my plate, they are most definitely mine! How can you not love spareribs, especially pork? Thanks for reminding me how wonderful they are.
You’re welcome Rene. I hope you get to enjoy some good pork spareribs soon!!
I think its spareribs …I love them,now i am craving some! lol Yummy!!
I boil mine in apple cider before bbq them…Delish!
I am gonna give your recipe a try
Audrey, that sounds YUMMY too! Something about BBQ Spareribs that always make my mouth water. Well, almost. We didn’t really care for the ones were were served at the last Chinese restaurant we reviewed (see the link below)