Sep 20, 2013

Pork Ribs with Salted Black Beans 豆豉排骨- So Flavorful, You Won't Even Know It's Just a Steamed Dish!

Friday night quick update.

This is one of the dishes that I've always requested begged my mom to make every time I'm in Taiwan. Only a few ingredients are needed, let the meat marinate overnight, steam for 30 minutes then BOOM! A plateful of pork ribs packed with Asian flavors.

The key lies on the quality of the ingredients especially with such a simple recipe. Make sure to source the best bone-in pork, salted black beans, and soy sauce possible.

Mommy's love - Pork ribs with salted black beans -


  • Some pork ribs (preferably with bones)
  • Some salted black beans
  • Some very spicy red chilies
  • Some soy sauce
  • 4 cloves of garlic


My mom made the dish and this is what she told me, beware, the steps and ingredients might sound too simple to be true. 

Discard the stems and finely chop the red chilies. Peel and finely chop the garlic cloves. Easy on the garlic cloves otherwise it'll hinder the aroma from the salted black beans.

Simply marinade the pork inside a bowl with about 1 to 2 big spoonfuls of salted black beans, chopped chilies, chopped garlic, and just a few splashes of soy sauce. Massage the meat and let it marinate overnight in the fridge, make sure to stir the meat half way through to make sure every pieces are well seasoned.

Once ready, just pop the bowl into a steamer with a lid on. You can also cover the bowl with cling foil to prevent the water/vapor from dripping down to the bowl and dilute the flavors during the process. About 30 to 40 minutes then you'll get this chopsticks tender pork that falls right off the bones.

Here's my other recent recipe using salted black beans:
Spicy chicken stir fry with salted black beans 辣炒豆豉雞

- Sidetrack -

I peeked through the curtain the other day and saw this dove couple. I was in love with the heart shaped silhouette.


  1. So simple yet so delicious. Do not underestimate the power of steamed dishes :) personally I love this cooking method.