Friday, March 25, 2011

Three-cup Spare Ribs

Sokehah Cheah | 10:33 AM | |

I made this based on the recipe for  Three-cup chicken and since the spare ribs that I used was only 450 gm, I halved the amount of sauces, wine and sesame oil.  Tossed in some red capsicum for nutrition as well as for colour.  This time around I used tablespoon measurements for the liquids as I've already measured them out in my previous post.  So should I still call this dish Three-cup Spare Ribs or otherwise?  To me, the name doesn't matter as long as the dish tastes good!

I can't get tired of this dish as I simply adore the fragrance of fresh basil leaves.  Eat this with rice....Enjoy!

  • 450 gm spare pork ribs  - cut to 2.5 inch lengths
  • 1 red capsicum - cut into strips
  • 1 red chilli - sliced
  • 3  Tbsp + 1/2 Tbsp Shaoxing wine for seasoning
  • 2  Tbsp light soya sauce
  • 1/4  Tbsp dark soya sauce
  • 1  Tbsp sugar
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 6 pips garlic - chopped
  • 5 gm ginger - sliced thinly
  • 1/4  tsp salt
  • 1.1/2  Tbsp sesame oil
  1. Wash clean the pork ribs, season with 1/8  tsp salt and 1/2 Tbsp wine.  Set aside.
  2. Heat up wok with 1 Tbsp sesame oil, add in the seasoned pork ribs, fry till light brown.
  3. Push aside the pork ribs, add in the remaining 1/2  Tbsp sesame oil, ginger slices, chopped garlic and chilli, stir-fry.
  4. Add in the light and dark soya sauces, 2 Tbsp wine, sugar, mix well with the pork ribs.
  5. Cover the wok and let ribs cook under medium low fire for about 45 mins. or till the ribs are tender.
  6. Test for taste, stir in the capsicum slices, fry for a while.
  7. Toss in the fresh basil leaves, turn off fire and add in 1 Tbsp Shaoxing wine, give it a quick stir.
  8. Dish out and serve hot with rice.


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  1. This looks good to go with a bowl of white rice.

  2. I don;t think I will tire of this as well!

  3. I still have some ribs in my freezer, I could try this dish:D Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing Cheah

  4. This is finger-licking good! Yum! Yum!

  5. I have yet to try any 3 cups cuisine, once the basil leaves in my garden grown , I must try this recipe.

  6. This must be really filling love the addition of basil.

  7. Catchy name for a recipe! LOL!

  8. This the ultimate comfort food, either 3 cup chicken or spare ribs, I really don't mind, they both are totally fine to me ;)!

  9. A very nice change from chicken! I want some with rice please!

  10. Love the colour. Looks very delicious. Must be really good with rice. I have been wanting to cook 3C chicken but haven't not done it yet. My Taiwanese friend once cooked it and it was really delicious.

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  12. Yummy! When I have extra ribs, I'd definitely give this a try! :)

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  14. Yummy Koh
    Yes, it is as I really like basil leaves.

    I've made this a couple of times, both chicken and spareribs.

    Do let me know after you've tried it.

    Oh yes, they are!

    Basil leaves grow quite easily and before long you'll have a great bunch in your garden.

    Thanks, it does.

  15. looks so yummilicious! I like the smell of those herbs. Really tempting.

  16. This is a really good idea! I've recently tasted 3 cups chicken (I can't believe I've never eaten it before!) and it was soooo good. I'll definitely try this soon :DD

  17. Pete
    Ya, totally agree with you.

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    Yes, they both taste good.

    Something different from the norm!

    It's a Taiwanese dish and you should try it. Trust me you'll love it if you love basil like I do.

    A Busy Nest
    Thanks for dropping by!

    Thanks for visiting. Will hop over to your blog soon!

    Please do!

    Thanks for dropping by. Will peep at your blog soon!

    Thanks and you have a great weekend!

    Yes, experiment with spareribs!



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