Steamed Spareribs with Black Beans is your favorite dim sum made quick and easy right in your own home! With juicy pork ribs and flavorful sauce, they’re delicious as an appetizer or as a main dish.
I was craving for these delectable pork ribs this weekend, but since going to a dim sum house by myself wouldn’t have been as much fun, I decided to make them at home instead. And if I may say so, they turned out just as delicious as in our favorite Chinese restaurants!
The dish is so easy to put together, I can’t believe how much restaurants charge for a small plateful. You’re lucky if you got more than five riblets in one serving.
- Spare ribs– have the butcher cut the slab lengthwise through the bones so it would be easier to cut into bite-sized pieces by slicing between the bones.
- Cornstarch– like in our salt and pepper pork chops recipe, the key to super soft and tender ribs is velveting with cornstarch. Note that there will be barely any liquid once you add the cornstarch to the ribs and that is OK.
- Tausi– these Chinese fermented black beans or douchi are packed in brine; rinse and drain well to remove extra saltiness.
- Chinese cooking wine– also called Shaoxing wine. If unavailable, you can substitute dry sherry, mirin, or sake. For non-alcoholic alternative, use chicken broth.
- Light soy sauce– adds umami flavor
- Sesame oil– adds nutty aroma and taste
- Aromatics– ginger and garlic
- Salt– enhances flavor
- Sugar– balances the saltiness with a little sweetness
- Marinate the ribs for at least 30 minutes or overnight for best results.
- Do not overcook the ribs or they’ll turn tough and chewy. I usually cook small bite-sized pieces for about 15 to 20 minutes and another five minutes if they’re extra meaty.
- If you want a bit of heat, add chopped Thai chili peppers along with the green onions when ready to serve.
How to serve and store
- These steamed pork ribs are filling and delicious on their own but also pair well with steamed rice. They make a great brunch or light dinner meal!
- To store leftovers, keep in airtight containers and refrigerate for up 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
- To reheat, steam for about 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through.