It's hard to believe that such straightforward ingredients and a simple cooking technique result in such a complex-flavored dish. These saucy Chinese-style ribs are succulent and richly sweet and sour. The numbers in the title are a reference to the ingredients that the ribs simmer in.
|1 1⁄2 lb||spareribs (separated into ribs, each rib chopped into 3 pieces)|
|1 T||sherry (dry)|
|2 T||soy sauce|
|3 T||apple cider vinegar|
Set the ribs in a deep skillet or large saucepan over high heat. Add the sherry, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, sugar, and water, and stir well to combine. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a gentle simmer. Cover and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring and turning the ribs occasionally. Uncover and raise the heat to high. Bring the sauce back up to a boil, and cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce reduces and the glaze coats the ribs. Transfer to a serving dish, and enjoy while hot.