Codonopsis & Red Dates Pork Ribs

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 1 hour 30 mins

Total Time: 1 hour 45 mins

Serves: 8


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, bruised
  • 2 inch ginger, peeled and cut into thin slices
  • 1 kilogram shoulder pork ribs, cut into chunks
  • 40 gram codonopsis root (Chinese: dang shen), washed and cut into 2" sections
  • 20 red dates (Chinese: hong zhao), washed and drained
  • 3 cups water (750 ml)
  • 4 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch + 2 tablespoon water, mix together


  1. Heat oil in a wok over medium high heat and sauté garlic and ginger until fragrant. About 1 minute.
  2. Add pork ribs and cook until no longer pink. Add codonopsis root and red dates into the wok.
  3. Pour enough water to cover all the ingredients (about 2-3 cups).
  4. Add light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and sugar. Bring to a boil, then cover the wok and simmer for 1 hour, or until the meat is tender.
  5. Remove the lid, turn the heat up and cook until liquid is reduced. Thicken the sauce with cornstarch mixture.
  6. Turn off heat. Serve hot with steamed white rice.

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