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Steamed Spareribs

Source: The Heritage of Chinese Cooking
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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour 45 Minutes
  Serves 6
The Chinese word for "home" is written as a combination of a roof over a pig. The household that boasts a pig or, better still, several pigs, is a lucky one. Pigs represent a certain security against poverty, always fetching a good price at the market.
2 tablespoons peanut oil
2 tablespoons fermented black beans (dow see) (available at Chinese stores), rinsed under cold water, drained and roughly chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons Family Chicken Broth
2 teaspoons Shaoxing rice wine (available at Chinese stores) or dry sherry
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 pound pork spareribs, chopped through in sections between the ribs
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 fresh red chili peppers, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Other necessary recipes:
Family Chicken Broth
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Heat the peanut oil in a hot wok. Add the black beans, salt, and sugar, and sauté gently for 10 seconds. Add the chicken broth, rice wine, and light soy sauce. Simmer together for 30 seconds. Remove the sauce to a mixing bowl. Add the spareribs and set aside to marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Add the cornstarch and mix well to coat the spareribs. Place the ribs on a plate ready for steaming. Sprinkle on the red chili peppers, garlic, and cilantro. Steam over boiling water for 45 minutes.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 6
Calories: 188
Fat. Total: 12g
Protein: 12g
Carbohydrates, Total: 6g
Sodium: 436mg
% Cal. from Fat: 57%
Cholesterol: 43mg
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