2tablespoonsHoisin sauce (available in Chinese grocery stores; optional)
2garlic cloves, crushed
2tablespoons medium sweet or dry sherry
1tablespoon grated fresh gingerroot or ½teaspoonground ginger
Preheat oven to slow (300°F.).
Cut the spareribs into individual ribs and arrange them on a rack in a baking pan. Sprinkle with the monosodium glutamate. Bake for forty-five minutes.
Combine the remaining ingredients and brush the spareribs lightly with the mixture. Bake for thirty minutes longer and turn the spareribs. Brush with more sauce and bake for thirty minutes longer, or until ribs are nicely browned.