Deep-fried Garlic Spareribs


2 pounds spareribs
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup water
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon dry mustard
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 eggs
1 cup flour
4–6 cups oil for deep-frying

  1. Cut the ribs into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Combine the brown sugar, water, soy sauce, mustard, and garlic cloves.
    Add to the ribs and marinate for 1 hour.
  3. Lightly beat the eggs and add to the flour to make a batter, adding water or
    more flour as needed. Use a wooden spoon to test the batter — it should
    drop slowly and be able to coat the back of the spoon.
  4. Add the oil to a wok and heat to 350°F. While waiting for the oil to heat,
    coat the ribs in the batter. When oil is hot, carefully add the spareribs into
    the wok. Deep-fry in batches for about 5 minutes. Remove and drain on
    paper towels.
  5. Raise the oil temperature to 400°F. Deep-fry the ribs briefly a second time,
    until they turn brown. Remove and drain.