Recipe: Grilled Pork Rib Tips AND Chinese Cauliflower

I’m pretty sure they’re rib tips anyway. You know the cut with the cartilage / soft bones that you can eat? Love it in soup (check out my recipe, grilled in the pan, whatever. So versatile and rich in flavor. If you can’t get Chinese cauliflower, regular cauliflower works well too! Oh right. If you’re cooking them both at the same time, start the cauliflower first. Even if it finishes first, it retains the heat really well because of its water content, whereas the meat will cool down fast. The cauliflower will take around 15-20 minutes and the meat will take 10. I listed the pork first because it’s the main dish.

WARNING: The pork pan will be hard to clean due to the sugar content of the marinade. I had to soak it and use a wooden spatula for scraping.



  • 2 lbs pork rib tips
  • 4 tbs low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 3 tbs oyster sauce
  • 1 tbs onion powder
  • 2 tbs canola oil


  • Large Chinese cauliflower
  • 2 tbs canola oil
  • 3 tbs fish sauce
  • 1/2 – 1 cup water
  • 3 stalks green onion (white and green parts separated)
  • 1 tsp ginger paste (or 1/2 inch ginger, sliced in half)
  • 1 tsp garlic paste (or 1 clove garlic)
  • 2-3 Serrano peppers (optional)



  • 10″ cast iron pan
  • Tongs
  • Gallon freezer bag OR bowl for marinating
  • Spoon for mixing
  • Measuring spoons


  • Large wok or all purpose pan
  • Spatula
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Measuring spoons



  1. Mix all ingredients in a bag or a bowl and marinade between 4 and 24 hours. Turn / mix the pork halfway through the marinating process. If you don’t have time to marinade, you can go ahead and cook it right away, it will still be good, just not AS good.
  2. Heat pan on medium until touching the meat to it creates a sizzling noise.
  3. Place all the pork in the pan. Cover with a lid.
  4. 5 minutes covered, flip, 5 more minutes covered. DONE.
  5. Garnish with the green parts of the green onion if desired.


  1. Slice and dice the green onion (separating the green parts and the white parts), Serrano peppers, and cauliflower. If using fresh ginger and garlic, cut a 1/2 inch piece of ginger in half and cut the garlic clove in half as well.
  2. Combine canola oil, Serrano peppers, white parts of green onion in pan. If using fresh ginger and garlic, add them now. If using paste, wait until the oil is sizzling and fragrant and stir it in. There may be some splattering. But, if you add the paste too early, it will burn in the time it takes the other ingredients to flavor the oil.
  3. Add the cauliflower, fish sauce, and 1/2 cup water. Cover with lid.
  4. Stir occasionally, and then cover when not stirring. If pan becomes dry, add more water.
  5. Cook to desired texture, for me around 15 minutes after adding the cauliflower to the oil.

Recipe: Pork Rib Vegetable Soup

I spent almost my entire life in the United States, so while I like Chinese food, I’m not particularly experienced with making it. After I developed an interest in cooking, I regretted not having taken advantage of my time at home. The following is a Chinese INSPIRED soup that I adapted from several other recipes (and what was hanging around in my kitchen). It’s good!


  • 2 lb pork rib tips (I used a lot of meat in this, 1 lb will suffice)
  • 2 very large or 3 medium carrots
  • 1 medium onion
  • 10 shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • 3 cloves garlic (I used tubed)
  • 1 inch ginger (I used tubed)
  • 2 tbs canola oil (any neutral oil will do)
  • Salt to taste
  • Chinese vermicelli, if using


  • 5.5 qt+ pot
  • Spatula
  • Peeler
  • Knife and board
  • Bowls and plates
  • Ladle


  1. Chop up the carrots (peel first) and onions into 1/2 inch pieces.
  2. Peel the ginger with a spoon and slice into 4 large pieces. Dice the ginger.
  3. Put dried shiitake mushrooms in a bowl and pour boiling water over them. After 2-3 minutes, drain.
  4. If using fresh ginger, add the ginger pieces to the hot oil until lightly browned, and then discard.
  5. Sauté the onions in the oil until soft.
  6. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant.
  7. If using tube ginger and garlic like I am, ignore #3 and #5. Add about 1 tbs of each to the onions once they are translucent.
  8. Once it sizzles, quickly add in all the pork and stir to brown. You will not even come close to browning all the pieces, the goal is to get SOME caramelization on the meat.
  9. Once you get bored of browning the meat, add the mushrooms, carrots, and about 7-8 cups of water to the pot.
  10. Bring to a rolling boil, and then turn it down to low (not simmer, I was in a rush) for an hour.
  11. Once the meat is done, stir in the canned corn.
  12. If using Chinese vermicelli add to the pot for about 4 minutes, and then remove into your bowl.
  13. Ladle the goods over the top and eat up!