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You know how I love to share a great recipe when I find one and here is another one to add to the list.
A member of one of my food groups posted a picture of Chinese style spare ribs that she made and they looked too good to be true.
She was kind enough to share the recipe that she found on the website, “Serious Eats” and I had to try making them. I cannot thank her enough. They were delicious.
The recipe has only FIVE ingredients!
Her name is Malia Ploughman and she is an excellent cook. All of her posts are mouth watering and her presentations are beautiful. Along with the spare rib recipe, Malia gave me her personal recipe for fried rice. Equally as delicious.
With her permission, I am posting both recipes for all DishingwithDiane.com members.
I completed my meal with wonton soup from a local Chinese restaurant.
Bob and I had a very interesting time shopping at the Asian market picking up ingredients for these recipes including a bag of chocolate fortune cookies for me.
I hope you find the time to try these recipes and enjoy them as much as we did.
Now I’ll have to find an egg roll recipe….
Until my next post, make every day a celebration!
Chinese style Spare Ribs
See my Cooks note below (you know I have to tweak every recipe)…..
Courtesy of “Serious Eats” by way of Malia Ploughman
Note: You can add a few drops of red food coloring to the marinade if you want a deeper red hue on your ribs. Baby back ribs will work just as well as St. Louis-cut. You can cook ribs the same day they are marinated, but for best results, allow to marinade at least overnight and up to three days.
Chinese five spice powder can be found in the spice section of most major supermarkets. If unavailable, you can make your own by combining 1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon, 2 teaspoons powdered fennel, 1 teaspoon powdered star anise, 1/4 teaspoon powdered cloves, and 1/2 teaspoon powdered Sichuan peppercorns (you can substitute ginger for Sichuan peppercorns for a different style of five spice).
- YIELD:Serves 4 to 6
- ACTIVE TIME:15 minutes
- TOTAL TIME:1 1/2 hours (plus overnight marinade)
- 1 tablespoon Chinese five-spice powder
- 1 full rack St. Louis-style spareribs, cut into individual ribs (about 3 pounds total)
- 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
- 1/4 cup shaoxing wine or dry sherry
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/4 cup honey
Sprinkle five-spice powder evenly over ribs and rub into them until thoroughly and evenly coated. Set ribs aside.
Combine hoisin sauce, shaoxing wine, soy sauce, and honey in a gallon-sized zipper lock bag. Add ribs to bag and mix until evenly coated. Seal bag, transfer to refrigerator, and let ribs marinate at least overnight and up to three nights.
When ready to cook, preheat oven to 375°F. Remove ribs from bag, wiping off excess marinade with your fingers (reserve the marinade). Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, set a wire rack in it, and spread the ribs evenly over the rack. Cover with aluminum foil and roast for 1 hour. Remove foil, brush ribs with marinade, increase heat to 450°F, and continue to roast until charred, glazed, and sticky, about 20 minutes longer, rotating ribs and basting with marinade once more during cooking. Let rest 10 minutes, then serve.
Diane’s Cooks Note: Additional glaze can be made using the same marinade ingredients….. I used a fresh marinade to baste the ribs the last 20 minutes and as a glaze before serving.
Diane’s Cooks Note: If you buy the entire rack of ribs instead of already cut individual ribs from your butcher and need help learning how to trim it into St Louis style ribs, here is a video from “The Meatwave” blog to help with that process.
Classic Fried Rice
Courtesy of Malia Ploughman
2 ½ cups cooked jasmine rice
Pepper, carrot, peas and green beans etc….
Fresh ginger – minced
Fresh garlic – minced
Soy sauce – 1 tbsp.
Shaoxing wine or dry sherry
Sriracha or sambal (optional for spicy)
brown sugar or honey (optional for sweet)
Just make your rice ahead of time. (The day before or in the morning) and let it cool. Never make fried rice with hot rice. It will be mushy. Jasmine rice is ideal but any medium grain will work.
Have any veggie you want to use diced and ready to go when you start cooking. I use peppers, carrots, green bean and peas.
I like a little fresh ginger and garlic in my fried rice. If you are using those, have them minced and ready as well.
Keep the sauce simple. Add a couple Tbsp of soy sauce, some shaoxing or sherry if you have it, a couple dashes of sesame oil, and sriracha or sambal if you like it spicy. If you like it a little sweet, you can add some brown sugar or honey. Totally up to your preference. But you don’t need much sauce. Like 1/4c for 2- 2 1/2 cups of rice.
Beat two eggs in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper.
Place a wok (or large skillet if you don’t have a wok) over medium high heat. Drizzle with oil. Add eggs. You want to create a flare omelette. So let the eggs start to cook, then lift the sides of the omelette as it cooks and tilt the pan so the uncooked eggs run off to the side. Do this a few times. Then flip the omelette. Let cook 30 seconds more and remove from the pan.
Dice it into cubes.
Add a little more oil to the wok and add your ginger and garlic. Stir fry until fragrant. Add veggies and stir fry about 2 minutes. Add rice. Breaking it up with your fingers as you add it. Stir fry with veggies. Breaking up any clumps of rice for 2 minutes. Push aside. Add sauce to the pan and toss everything together. Off heat, stir in diced egg.
Diane’s Cooks Note: I love onions in fried rice, so I added some diced onions as part of my veggies and topped the rice with sliced almonds.
Thank you once again to Malia for sharing her recipes,
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