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Dim Sum Style Steamed Pork Spare Ribs

We always order this when we go to yum cha. When you first start steaming, it’ll look quite dry. But by the end of steaming time, they should be swimming in amazing flavoursome sauce!
Prep Time 12 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 2 people


  • 700 g Pork spare ribs cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp White pepper powder
  • 3 Tbsp Corn flour
  • 1 Tbsp Water
  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp Salted black bean
  • 1-2 Fresh red chillies de-seeded, and cut into small pieces


  • Mix together pork ribs + sugar + salt + sesame oil + white pepper powder + corn flour + water. Marinade overnight (or at least a few hours).
  • The next day: take the pork ribs out from the fridge 30 mins before you’re ready to cook.
  • Soak salted black bean in hot water for 5 mins, drain, then chop roughly
  • Heat oil in a pan, add garlic + salted black bean. Fry until fragrant.
  • Add marinated pork ribs. Fry briefly until they’re well mixed. Transfer to a plate you’ll use for steaming.
  • Steam the pork ribs (high heat) for 30-45 mins (the longer steaming time = more tender meat). Give it a stir every 10-15 mins to ensure even steaming (and make sure the water has not gone dry). On the last stir, sprinkle over chopped red chillies.
  • Serve immediately.
Keyword Chinese, Pork, Spare Ribs, Steamed