Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Crock Pot Dinner - Spareribs Asian Style

On one of our visits to Paris ages ago, my friends took us to Hawai, the Vietnamese Restaurant on avenue d'Ivry. At Hawai, we gobbled the yummiest grilled spareribs and Pho soup size of a swimming pool. For years I have tried to replicate their spareribs but never been successful. The closest thing is this recipe - cannot compete with Hawai's of course but better than nothing.

You will need:
1 kg pork spareribs, cut into 10-12 cm pieces
3 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
1 teaspoon minced ginger, fresh is best
Zest of 1 small orange
3 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons oyster sauce
1 Tablespoons sweet dark soy sauce
1 Tablespoon Hoisin or 2 Tablespoons Tomato Sauce
1 Teaspoon honey + 1 extra teaspoon for basting
A dash or two Sri Racha Chilli Sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon dry sherry

Place sparerib pieces in a thickish plastic bag (you use 3 layers of freezer bags).Mix the rest of ingredients except spareribs together in a jug and pour over. Massage the sauce into the ribs and marinate for a couple of hours at least (but overnight is best)..

Place the ribs in the slow cooker with the marinate – spare 2 teaspoons for basting and cook on low for 4-5 hours.

When the ribs are done and tender – place them on the baking sheet in single layer. Mix reserved marinate sauce with a teaspoon of honey and a bit of sesame oil. Baste the ribs with this mixture and put them under the grill until nicely brown.

Serve warm with stir fried vegetable and rice.

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