Coffee Pork Ribs

Monday, 7 February 2011

I love food that's slightly bitter, like  bitter gourd and bitter chocolate, and anything made with coffee such as coffee cheesecake and coffee candy.

Pork ribs deep-fried and coated with coffee?

Yes, please!

Making coffee pork ribs isn't difficult. The only tricky part is deep-frying the ribs so that the batter is crisp but the meat is still juicy. But it's nothing that can't be nailed after practising a few times.

The sauce for the ribs is made with instant coffee powder, Worcestershire sauce, maltose and sugar. The recipe is from All About Pork Ribs. I like it because it has the right hint of coffee, and it doesn't use any unusual ingredients.

Like a lot of people, I have quite a jaded palette. So I'm always on the lookout off the (culinary) beaten path, hoping to find something exciting. That's why I love the taste of coffee in a savory meat dish. It's unusual, in a very good way.

COFFEE PORK RIBS (咖啡排骨)
(Recipe for 4 persons)

500 g pork prime ribs, chopped about 3 cm long
Marinade
1 egg
1½ tbsp oyster sauce
1 tsp white sesame oil
½ tsp salt
½ tsp sugar
¼ tsp baking soda
3½ tbsp water

3 tbsp plain flour
3 tbsp potato flour
vegetable oil for deep-frying
Sauce
2 tbsp maltose
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp instant coffee powder
3 tbsp water

Wash and dry ribs. Beat marinade ingredients till well combined. Massage ribs with marinade. Marinate for 2 hours, stirring once mid-way.

Mix potato flour and plain flour. Give ribs and marinade a thorough stir. Transfer ribs (minus excess marinade) to flour mixture. Toss till ribs are well coated. Deep-fry in moderately hot oil over medium heat till just cooked and lightly brown, about 5 minutes. Drain. Reheat oil till just smoking. Refry ribs till golden brown. Drain again. Heat sauce ingredients till thickened. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Add ribs. Toss till well coated. Serve.

2 comments:

Carmen Y said...

Hi KT,
I would really like to thank you for the numerous times you try recipes out before posting the one that's the best. I've tried several of your recipes to great succession. My husband praises the dishes to the skies. I now have the confidence to try my hand at more of your recipes with your detailed step-by-step videos.
Thank you!

Homesick SG girl from Texas

kt said...

You are welcome, Carmen. Have you tried the kaya recipe? It takes only 10 minutes. Here's some information on canned coconut milk:
http://www.thaifoodandtravel.com/ingredients/cocmilk.html
http://thaifoodandtravel.com/blog/thai-coconut-shortage-2/

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