Steamed Spareribs in Black Bean Sauce




Steamed Spareribs in Black Bean Sauce


These spareribs are steamed Chinese-style with salted (fermented) black beans, tangerine peel, garlic, ginger, and soy sauce.    Besides the well known har gaw shrimp dumplings or siu mai pork dumplings, steamed spare ribs with black bean sauce is one of the most popular dim sums. The worst thing about ordering it is that it only comes in a small plate and everybody loves it! So you’d probably only get to eat 1 piece each time, maybe 2 if you’re quick.   So, why not make it at home? It’s really easy to make.


1 pound pork spare ribs, cut into pieces
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon corn starch
1 – 2 teaspoon water
Green onions as garnish
1 teaspoon fish sauce (optional)
Black Bean Marinade
1 tablespoon black bean sauce
1 tablespoon light soy sauce (not low sodium soy sauce)
1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
1 tablespoon ginger, grated
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon sugar
A pinch of white pepper



Step 1:   Marinate the pork spare ribs with Black Bean Marinade in an oven-safe bowl. Then, sit it in the fridge for 25 minutes.    First, mix 1 tablespoon of oil into the marinated spare ribs. Then, add 1 tablespoon of corn starch and mix well. Finally, add 1 – 2 teaspoon of water into the spare ribs and mix well.   Add hot chilli if you like spicy food (optional)




Step 2:    When ready to cook, place the ribs on a shallow bowl that can fit inside your steamer. Add the rice wine and sesame oil and mix well. Spread ribs into as close to a single layer as possible. Steam over medium-high heat, flipping and stirring occasionally, until just cooked through, about 45 minutes. Very carefully remove the ribs from the steamer,


Garnish with cilantro.  Serve hot.