Chinese-style pork ribs are pressured cooked and fall-off-the-bone tender.
My little journey with instant pot continues. There are still some trial and errors going on as I’m learning how to use it. I thought I put it to test with making some baby back ribs. The Chinese style!
This pressure cooker Chinese pork ribs are inspired by the one usually served at dim sum restaurant, usually made with spare ribs and cut into smaller pieces. I happened to have baby back ribs and instead of making soup with it like I usually do, I decided to make this Chinese Pork Ribs.
The pork is marinated in seasonings, ginger, and also fermented black bean (dou ci). Fermented black bean has an intense savory umami taste and very often used in Chinese cooking. Such an incredibly robust flavor it adds to the overall taste of this dish. Love the addition of chili in there too.
I love biting into savory, gingery, spicy, umami, and oh..just so good! My photos may not do much justice. The ribs may look pale and tasteless (you think!) but they are anything but bland!
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Pressure Cooker Chinese Pork Ribs
- 1 lb of back / spare ribs I leave them whole, but you can ask butcher to cut into smaller pieces like in dim sum restaurant
- 1 Tbsp of finely grated fresh ginger
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- 1 Tbsp of fermented black beans
- 1 Tbsp Shaoxing wine / dry sherry
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp corn starch
- 2 Red Bird's eye chilis optional, seeded and finely chopped
- 1 stalk green onion finely chopped
I use a baby back ribs because that's what I had. Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs by using a small paring knife to help you pull that membrane off. If you get the whole slab or pork ribs (say 3 lbs or more), cut the ribs in half and save the other half for another recipe. Separate each rib with knife
In a bowl that will fit into your instant pot for pressure cooking later, add pork ribs and the rest of the ingredients and your clean hand to mix everything and let it marinade for at least 30 minutes or 1 hour if you have time.
Put 2 cups of water in instant pot. Put your trivet in. Place the bowl with pork ribs you marinade earlier on top of the trivet. Close the lid and steam release handle is turned to sealed. Press Pressure Cook and then High Pressure for 20 minutes. It will take about 15 minutes to pressurize. Once it is done cooking in Instant Pot, wait for 10 minutes then turn steam release handle to venting. Open the lid and carefully lift the pork ribs out from the pot. Sprinkle with some green onion. Enjoy
If you are not pressure cooking and using steamer:
Get your steamer ready by filling it up with water and bring it to a boil. Place the bowl of pork ribs in the steamer and steam the pork ribs for about 45 minutes or until they are cooked through and tender. If your ribs are in smaller pieces, it will take about 25-30 minutes to cook. Be sure to check the water level and refill with some if it almost runs out. Serve immediately
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PRAWN NOODLE SOUP WITH PORK RIBS
DOUBLE-BOILED PORK RIBS WITH BITTER MELON SOUP
BRAISED PORK RIBS WITH BEAN PASTE