Salt and Pepper Pork Ribs

Salt and Pepper Pork Ribs, a popular zi char delicacy, are celebrated for their addictive blend of simplicity and bold flavors. This dish showcases tender pork ribs seasoned with a combination of salt, freshly ground pepper, and often a medley of aromatic spices. The result is a tantalizing marriage of crispiness, succulence, and a fiery kick that entices the taste buds. Loved for its irresistible taste and satisfying textural contrast, Salt and Pepper Pork Ribs have established themselves as a well-liked zi char favorite, offering a straightforward yet indulgent culinary experience that resonates with diners seeking a bold and comforting dish. 

Why People Love Salt and Pepper Pork Ribs

There are many reasons why people enjoy salt and pepper pork ribs. Firstly, the dish is known for its crispy texture and tender meat, making it a satisfying meal. Secondly, the combination of salt, pepper, and other seasonings creates a flavour that is both savoury and slightly spicy, making it a perfect accompaniment to rice or noodles. Finally, the dish is easy to prepare, making it a great choice for busy weeknights or lazy weekends. 

What You Need For Your Salt and Pepper Pork Ribs:

Making Salt and Pepper Pork Ribs yourself

If you’re making this dish yourself, here’s a recipe that you can try out. 


  • 500g pork ribs 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder 
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch 
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 
  • 1 red chilli (optional) 
  • 2 stalks of spring onion (optional)

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Servings: 2-3 

How To Cook Salt and Pepper Pork Ribs

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F).

Step 2

In a bowl, mix together the salt, white pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and cornstarch.

Step 3

Add the pork ribs to the bowl and toss until the ribs are coated in the seasoning mixture.

Step 4

Place the ribs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and drizzle with vegetable oil.

Step 5

Bake the ribs in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until they are crispy and golden brown.

Step 6

Remove the ribs from the oven and garnish with sliced red chilli and spring onion (optional).

Step 7

Serve the salt and pepper pork ribs hot with steamed rice or noodles. 

Serving Salt and Pepper Pork Ribs with Other Dishes 

The classic pairing is steamed rice, which helps to balance out the savoury flavours of the ribs and provides a neutral base for the dish. Alternatively, you can serve the pork ribs with noodles, stir-fried vegetables, or pickled vegetables. 

Noodles add a different texture to the meal and can be a great way to soak up any sauce or juices from the ribs, while stir-fried vegetables provide a nice contrast to the rich and savoury flavours of the ribs. Pickled vegetables, on the other hand, can help to cut through the richness of the ribs and provide a bit of acidity to the meal.

Nutritional/Health Benefits

  1. Protein-Rich: Pork ribs provide a hearty source of protein, crucial for muscle growth, repair, and overall body functions. 
  2. Vitamins and Minerals: Pork ribs offer essential nutrients like B vitamins (B6, B12) for energy metabolism, zinc for immune support, and phosphorus for bone health. 
  3. Healthy Fats: Depending on the cut, pork ribs can contain healthy fats that contribute to satiety, absorb fat-soluble vitamins, and promote heart health. 
  4. Flavorful Spices: The pepper and spices used in the dish not only add taste but also provide potential health benefits, such as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. 
  5. Mineral Content: Pork ribs contain minerals like iron and selenium, which are important for oxygen transport and antioxidant defense. 
  6. Moderation: Enjoying Salt and Pepper Pork Ribs in moderation can offer a satisfying indulgence without significant caloric impact. 
  7. Texture Contrast: The combination of crispy exterior and tender meat provides a satisfying textural contrast that enhances the overall eating experience. 
  8. Social Dining: The tactile nature of eating ribs with hands often fosters a communal dining experience, encouraging shared enjoyment. 
  9. Variety of Cuts: Different cuts of pork ribs offer various proportions of meat and fat, catering to different dietary preferences. 

Visit Lao Li Da Pai Dang for an authentic zi char experience

The above recipe is just one of the many ways to making this dish. 

If you’re looking to enjoy delicious Salt and Pepper Pork Ribs without all the hassle and preparation time, while discovering a unique version that our customers can’t get enough of, then come on down to our restaurant for an enjoyous dine-in or takeaway, and experience it for yourself, only at Lao Li Da Pai Dang!

Whether you’re in the mood for this, or wish to explore other dishes, our extensive zi char menu promises to delight at every turn. At Lao Li Da Pai Dang, the warm and inviting ambience, coupled with attentive service, creates a family-friendly and inclusive atmosphere that only adds to the enjoyment whenever you visit and dine with us. 

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