Sunday, February 1, 2015

Dry Garlic Ribs

Recorded Feb, 2015. This dim sum appetizer has been developed over the years from a recipe in a simple cookbook sold by a Chinese grocery in Victoria, BC. Sadly this lovely book is lost and so this recipe has been reconstructed from memory. Either cut the ribs with a heavy cleaver or have the butcher cut up the ribs.
1 lb (450 g) pork ribs, cut into bite size pieces
5 T (75 ml) corn starch, divided
1 t (5 ml) sugar
1/2 t (2 ml) granulated garlic
2 T (30 ml) soy sauce
2 t (10 ml) dark sesame oil
vegetable oil
1 to 2 T (15 to 30 ml) garlic, finely minced
Place the ribs in a bowl, and dust on 3 tablespoons of the corn starch, the sugar, and granulated garlic. Toss to cover thoroughly. Sprinkle the soy sauce over the ribs. Mix until ribs are covered completely. Heat a wok over medium-high heat for 6 minutes. Add two tablespoons vegetable oil to the wok. When smoking hot, cautiously add the rib pieces one by one. Stir fry until nicely colored, 8 to 10 minutes. Lower heat and cover tightly. Steam 30 minutes, turning occasionally. When tender, sprinkle on final 2 tablespoons corn starch, mix well, and remove the ribs to a bowl. Discard all but one teaspoon fat, raise heat to medium-high. Add the garlic and stir fry until it begins to color. Add back the ribs. Fry the ribs and garlic, turning frequently until the ribs are crispy and coated with toasted garlic. Serves 4 as an appetizer.

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