Friday, June 19, 2009

Steamed Spare Ribs with Garlic and Coriander

I started out experimenting with baking because I like that bakers have to follow the instructions given almost precisely lest the baked goods turn out inedible. Cooking is a different story. Much leeway is provided in the execution of the recipes. As I am neither that experienced nor have a knack for mixing up different ingredients by instinct, I tend to follow cooking recipes line by line as well. Simple recipes are great treasures as the dishes are quick to prepare and, with enough herbs and spices, delicious.

Here's a simple recipe I adapted from Piggy's Cooking Journal. Serves 3.

200g spare ribs
3/4 tbsp chopped coriander
3/4 tbsp garlic
1/2 tbsp chopped chilli
3/4 tbsp oyster sauce
1/2 tsp light soy sauce
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tbsp fried shallot oil
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 tbsp corn flour
1/4 tbsp Shao Xing wine

1) Blanch spare ribs in boiling water for 30 seconds and drain well. Cut spare ribs into pieces and season with a bit of salt.
2) Mix chopped coriander, garlic and chilli with seasoning until well combined.
3) Put spare ribs onto heatproof plate, steam over high heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, add coriander and garlic mixture. Continue to steam for 5 minutes until cooked.
4) Remove from heat and serve.

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