Steamed Pork Ribs with Pickled Plum 咸水梅蒸排骨

by Angie Liew
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Steamed Pork Ribs With Pickled Plum Recipe - With Pickled Plum Jar

A Classic Dish That Rekindles Old Sweet Memories

Steamed Pork Ribs with Pickled Plum is an extremely easy to prepare dish. Indulging in this dish rekindles old and sweet memories for many people who just can’t help craving for it. The sweet tenderness and the juiciness of the pork ribs coupled with the slightly sour taste of the sauce makes this dish a very appetising and popular home cooked dish in every household. Kind of like MUST have dish in every home.

Steamed Pork Ribs With Pickled Plum Recipe - On Bamboo Steamer

A Simple Steamed Ribs Dish That’s So Easy To Prepare

Steamed Pork Ribs with Pickled Plum is a simple dish that requires little preparation and even easier cooking techniques. It’s really hard to go wrong with these steamed pork ribs. Just need to have a few pointers. First and foremost,  use pork ribs with soft bones as the meat is tender and suitable for steaming compared to regular pork ribs and cut into small bite size pieces. For extra depth of flavour, marinate the pork ribs for at least 30 minutes if not overnight for best results.

To maximise the flavour, marinate with the salty and sweet seasonings first and only mix in the cornstarch water and oil at the very last of the marinade. This will allow the meat to fully absorb all the flavourful seasonings and to lock in all the bursting flavours. Lastly, do not overcook the pork ribs during steaming. Spread out the pork ribs on the steaming plate into a single layer and this will ensure a more even steaming process, hence tender and juicy steamed pork ribs.

Dim Sum Steamed Pork Ribs With Pickled Plum Recipe - On Bamboo Steamer

Dim Sum Style Steamed Pork Ribs, Made At Home

This version of delicious steamed bite size pork ribs can be served dim sum style when served in small portions on small plates. These delectable pork ribs may turnout just as delicious as the one in your favourite dim sum restaurants. So, its like having your favourite dim sum right in your own home. It can also be served over rice as a meal. For this, serve the steamed pork ribs in big portion on a larger plate. With juicy pork ribs and a tangy sweet sauce, they’re just perfect when eaten with a bowl of steamed white plain rice.

So Enjoy!

Dim Sum Steamed Pork Ribs With Pickled Plum Recipe - Enjoy With Steamed Rice

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Steamed Pork Ribs With Pickled Plum 咸水梅蒸排骨

Recipe by Huang Kitchen, Angie Liew
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: dim sum, steamed

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 400 grams pork soft ribs, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tsp salt

Marinade:

  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1-2 pickled salted plums, mashed
  • 1 tsp plum sauce
  • 1 tsp salted plum liquid, from the bottle
  • 1 tsp fermented beanpaste, also known as taucu
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp garlic, 5 pips, chopped
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp water, to make cornstarch solution
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil

Garnish:

  • 1 stalk spring onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk coriender leaf, cut into long pieces
  • 2 red chillies, diced

    Instructions

    Preparing Ingredients for the dish:

    • Mince garlic.
      First mince some garlic and set aside
    • Cut ingredients for garnishing
      Also, chop some spring onion, coriander leaves and bird's eye chillies for garnishing.
    • Rub salt in pork and wash
      Next briefly rub salt into pork ribs. Then wash to remove any odour.
    • Drain well in colander
      Drain well in a colander
    • Remove excess moisture
      Then put the drained pork ribs on paper towel to remove excess moisture in the pork rib.
    • Cut pork ribs into bite size
      Cut the pork ribs into bite size pieces (1 inch long) and place in a big bowl. And we are ready to marinade the pork ribs.

    Marinade Pork Ribs:

    • Prepare ingredients to marinade pork ribs.
      Prepare ingredients to marinate the pork ribs.
    • First add light soy sauce.
      First, add light soy sauce into the pork and mix well.
    • Add preserved plum, plum sauce and liquid
      Then, add in the mashed pickled plum, plum sauce and plum liquid. Mix everything together.
    • Add taucho, sugar and garlic
      Next, add ground bean paste, sugar and minced garlic. Stir to mix well.
    • Add cornstarch and stir to mix well.
      Then, mix in the cornstarch solution and mix to ensure the fluid is fully absorbed in the pork ribs. This gives the meat a smooth texture when steamed.
    • Lastly add sesame oil and cooking oil.
      Lastly, add the sesame oil and cooking oil. Adding the oil last will helps to lock in all the flavours from the seasonings.
    • Cover with plastic wrap and leave to marinade.
      Cover with a plastic wrap and leave to marinade for at least 15 to 30 minutes. And we are ready to steam the pork ribs.

    Steam Pork Ribs:

    • Arrange marinated pork in steaming plate.
      Before steaming, transfer the marinated pork ribs into a deep steaming plate. Arrange the pork ribs in a single layer.
    • Using a chopstick, separate the meat from each other before steaming to enable the meat to cook easily.
    • Place the pork ribs in a wok of boiling water.
    • Steam over high heat for 15 minutes.
      Cover wok and steam over HIGH HEAT for 12 minutes. Then off the flame and leave covered in the wok for another 3 minutes. And we're done!
    • Check for doneness.
      Check for doneness. Use a chopstick or bamboo stick to pierce the steamed pork ribs. The ribs are thoroughly cooked when they can be pierced through easily. Then remove from steamer
    • Steamed Pork Ribs With Pickled Plum
      Garnish with chopped spring onions, chillies and coriander leaves.
    • Pickled Plum Steamed Pork Ribs With Pickled Plum Recipe - Finished
      This is delicious served with steamed white rice. So Enjoy.

Enjoy!

Recipe Video

Notes

Drain cleaned pork ribs in paper towel to remove excess water. Otherwise there will be too much fluid when steamed.
Use pork ribs with soft bone for this dish as the meat is tender and suitable for steaming compared to regular pork ribs.
Cornstarch solution added makes the meat super tender and velvety. Note that the cornstarch solution will absorb all the liquid in the marinade once its mixed. 
Cooking oil and sesame oil are added last when marinating the pork ribs as the oil will lock in all the flavours from the marinade.
Use a wide and shallow plate with about 1 inch depth to steam the pork ribs. This will keep all the flavourful juices released during steaming. Place the pork ribs in a single layer to ensure even cooking when the pork ribs are steamed.
Can also steamed in small plates if served dim sum style.
Do not over steamed the pork ribs. Otherwise they will be tough and chewy, not tender and juicy.
 

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