We order this dish, steamed pork ribs with beans almost every time we go for a dim sum. If you are wondering what dim sum is, it is basically a Cantonese term for a type of Chinese dish that involves small individual portions of food, usually served in a small steamer basket or on a small plate. Dim Sum is usually linked with the older tradition of yum cha (tea tasting), which has its roots in travellers on the ancient Silk Road needing a place to rest.
Dim Sum means touch the heart in Cantonese, was originally not a main meal, only a snack, and therefore only meant to touch the heart, it is now a staple of Chinese dining culture, especially in Hong Kong.
I never realized that I had this recipe sitting pretty inside my recipe book (if I may call it that, because it doesn’t look like one anymore) from my mom before I moved here. So, I decided to go ahead and make it because it’s pretty simple to make and it’s our favorite dish.
STEAMED PORK RIBS WITH BEANS (2-3 servings)
1 lb of pork ribs
2 Tbsp of soy sauce
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 thumb size ginger
1 Tbsp of Fermented beans (Tau Cheo) – Glossary no. 26
1 Tbsp of oyster sauce
2 Red Bird’s eye chilis (seeded and finely chopped)
Vegetable/Peanut oil for frying
Fermented Beans can be easily found in any Asian grocery store. I know the sound of the name itself isn’t very appetizing, however, fermented beans used in certain food, for example this recipe, really turns out well.
1. Deep fry the pork ribs until they are brown. They may not be fully cooked, but that’s okay as we will steam them later. Set aside
2. In a different wok/skillet, use about 1 Tbsp of oil and saute garlic, ginger, fermented beans and chilis until fragrant. Add in the oyster sauce
3. Add in the pork ribs and continue to saute for another 1 minute. Remove and transfer to a plate that will fit into your steamer. Get your steamer ready. If you have bamboo steamer, that’s great, if you don’t, not the end of the world, whatever you have to use as steamer. Steam the pork ribs for about 25-30 minutes or until they are cooked