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Braised Spareribs with Bittergourd in Bean Sauce Recipe

Thursday, May 31, 2012 | Labels: , , , , |

I love braised dishes - somehow spareribs go incredibly well in braised dishes and I thought bittergourd or bitter melon would make be a good vegetable to accompany the spareribs.  The savoury bean sauce meanwhile ups the earthiness of the dish.  Chinese bean sauce or also known as 'taucu' in Malaysia is made from yellow beans and is a little reminiscent of the famous Japanese condiment, miso.  Chinese bean sauce has stronger flavours and makes a great base for a lot of dishes, braised or otherwise.

Braised Spareribs with Bittergourd
Bittergourd however may be an acquired taste, a taste which I admittedly only gained not too long ago.  True to its' namesake, bittergourd is bitter but not in an unpleasant way.  You do have to try it though for yourself to decide if you like it!  Anyways, this is a very easy and low-maintenance dish and I do hope you'll give this a try soon.

This post is a part of my Yuen Chun Recipes, an ongoing project on this blog.

Serving suggestion: with steamed rice

Serves 3-4


500g worth of spareribs, sliced to bite-sized pieces, marinated in corn flour for at least 30 minutes
1 bittergourd, skin removed and sliced into halves
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons yellow bean sauce (taucu) from Yuen Chun
1 teaspoon soy sauce, or to taste
1/4 cup water


Firstly, blanch the spareribs in boiling water for a quick second.  Remove and drain.  Set aside.

Heat up a wok until almost smoking.  Add 3 tablespoons of oil and swirl to coat.  Turn heat to low.  Add garlic and stir-fry till fragrant.  Add the soy sauce.  Add the bean sauce.  Stir-fry till fragrant.

Add the spareribs.  Add water.  Add the bittergourd slices.  Bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and allow to simmer covered for about 10-15 minutes.  When the ribs are cooked, do a taste test and add more soy if required.

Serve hot with rice.


Tastehongkong said...

Always like bean sauce with garlic, in various dishes : ).

Littlecornerofmine said...

Delicious!  I want to eat more bitter gourd.

Jeannie said...

This is an old favorite of mine, my mom used to cook this dish for us:)

Smallkucing said...

i love this. Can use for chicken too

Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef said...

I haven't been able to like bitter gourd but I promise I'll keep trying.  LOVE the photo.

Holly | Beyond Kimchee said...

This recipe looks awesome. Sounds quite simple with a few ingredients. I like short ribs. I had tried many different Chinese version of short ribs and I loved them all. I recently attended Chinese wedding feast and had a wonderful pork short ribs. Can't remember the name but it had sweet and sour taste. My family just loved it. Do you know what it is called?

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