Black Bean Pork Ribs
This recipe is perfect for you… if you are looking a quick and simple dinner recipe yet tastes like you spent hours slaving in the kitchen. This fermented black bean(dou chi in Chinese) pork ribs recipe is a regular on dim sum menus but they are often made with small pieces of spareribs cut meat. These
Did I mention this dish is cheap to make too? Chinese fermented black beans are very versatile and affordable. A 12 ounce box of it is about $4.00 in Asian grocery stores. They are very salty and pungent so rinsing before use is always recommended in many recipes. Sometimes they are used as main ingredients as with this recipe and sometimes only a small amount of it is added to add umami flavor in dishes or condiments (i.e. chili oil). It is used to flavor seafood or stir fried vegetables particularly bitter melon.
Chinese fermented black beans are made with soy beans, black sugar, rock salt, white and black sugar, wine and gan cao powder (available in Chinese herbal stores). The beans are first placed in a large basin and rinsed thoroughly several times before placed under the scorching sun to dry. This process takes anywhere between an hour to four hours, before water is slowly added to continue expanding the beans. Next, the other ingredients are mixed in thoroughly and then placed in a large glass jar and tightly sealed for a 20 days, before it is once again dried completely.
The process of making fermented black bean (dou chi) is like making wine. It takes some time and some love but the results makes one close their eyes and sigh, “aaaah…, this was worth it”. Well, fortunately we don’t have to make fermented black beans from scratch these days to enjoy this savory dish. We can whoop it up in less than an hour time.