Put the sugar, salt, fish sauce, onions or shallots and garlic in the blender or food processor and process until the mixture forms a paste.
Place the cut ribs in a bowl. Add the paste. Mix. Cover and leave to marinate overnight.
Place the marinated pork ribs in a pot. Cover with water. Add the peppercorns, onion and garlic. Bring to the boil; skim off scum as it rises. Lower the heat, cover and simmer for an hour and a half to two hours or until the pork meat is very tender.
When the pork is nearly done, cook the rice noodles according to package directions. Drain.
Divide the noodles among four bowls. Add two to three pieces of ribs per bowl. Pour in hot broth. Garnish with bean sprouts, onion leaves, cilantro, fried shallots, garlic bits and lemon wedges.
Serve the pork ribs and rice noodle soup hot.
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