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 Tbsp of soy sauce
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 Red Bird's eye chilis (seeded and finely chopped)
- 1 Tbsp of finely grated fresh ginger
- 1 Tbsp of Fermented beans (Tau Cheo)
- 1 Tbsp of oyster sauce
- 1 lb of pork ribs (ask butcher to cut into smaller pieces if possible0
In a wok/skillet, use about 1 Tbsp of oil and saute garlic, ginger, fermented beans and chilis until fragrant, about 5 minutes Add in the oyster sauce
Add in the pork ribs and continue to saute for another 1 minute. The pork will not be cooked yet at this point. 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 through. Serve immediately