Monday, April 16, 2012


Extremely deliciously steamed ribs, can't help topping up more rice and slurping down with the gravy :D :D

 Recipe adapted from SmokyWok
  • 500gm spareribs
  • 1 whole garlic bulb, skin removed
  • 8 shallots, skin removed
  • 6cm ginger
  • 3 chilli padi
  • 2 water plums
  • 1 tbsp Szechuan chilli bean paste
  • 1 stalk green onion, sliced at an angle, for garnish
  • 1 large red chilli, sliced for garnish
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp plum sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Cornstarch for marinating the spareribs


  1. Firstly, rinse the spareribs and pat dry.  Add about 2  tsps of cornstarch and marinate.  Set aside.
  2. Prepare the sauce by blending the garlic, shallots, ginger, water plums, bean paste and chilli padi in a food processor until a smooth paste is formed. DO NOT ADD WATER.
  3. Heat up a wok or a saucepan. Add about 2 tbsps of cooking oil.  Once hot, turn heat to medium and add in the ingredients above.  Stir-fry until aromatic.  Add in the plum sauce, sugar and salt.  Do a taste test and add more sugar or salt if needed. Once you are satisfied with the flavours in the sauce, remove from heat.  
  4. Pour over the spareribs and allow to marinate for at least 30mins.  Add in 1 tbsp of sesame oil to the spareribs and mix well.
  5. Steam over medium-high heat for about 30 minutes or until cooked.  Garnish with sliced green onions and sliced red chilli peppers if desired.  Serve hot.

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