This recipe came to use from Corinne Trang, a respected cookbook author and authority on Asian cuisine. She suggested making this “barbecue” for a quick appetizer.

Yield: serves 4-6


  • 2 lb. lean pork ribs
  • 4 tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp. fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced


  1. Cut pork ribs crosswise, through the bone, into 1″-long pieces.
  2. Mix together hoisin sauce, fish sauce, vegetable oil, and garlic in a large bowl. Add the ribs, rubbing the meat with the sauce to coat well. Cover and allow ribs to marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  3. Preheat the grill. Grill ribs over a medium fire, turning once or twice until ribs are slightly charred in places and just cooked through, 10-15 minutes. Remove meat from grill and cut ribs into bite-size pieces.