Chinese Barbeque Rib is a cut of pork obtained from the ribcage of domesticated pig and includes the meat and bones together which may be prepared by grilling, baking or smoking. The ribs thus prepared may be served with a Chinese Barbeque Sauce, thereby giving the dish its name of Chinese Barbeque Rib.
Chinese Barbeque Rib is a typical barbecued pork rib delicacy from China, with a distinctive pork flavour, a glossy sheen that comes from the sweet glaze underneath, and an attractive radiant reddish-pink colour that comes through to the surface. The juicy crisp exterior and moist interior may be the effect of finishing the ribs by a final broiling process. These may be served as appetizer or as main dish.
A rack of baby back pork ribs
For the Marinade Sauce:
Finely chopped ginger, garlic, soy sauce, vegetable oil, hoisin sauce, honey, white wine vinegar, sesame oil and salt to taste
The garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and oil are puréed together in a blender, and then transferred into a bowl after which honey and hoisin sauce are whisked in. After some sauce is reserved, the ribs are coated with the rest and set aside to marinate for few hours.
Ribs are subsequently arranged, meaty side facing down, in a foil-lined tray and baked, turning around and basting at least once with the reserved sauce, midway through the baking process. Ribs are baked until cooked right through.
For the final process, the broiler is turned on. Ribs are brushed, with meaty side facing up, using the remaining sauce. Broiling is completed once edges are slightly charred, within few minutes.
Another simple variation to the Chinese Barbeque Rib recipe involves use of the following-
· meaty pork ribs
· hoisin sauce
· soy sauce
· clear honey
· vinegar (cider, malt or wine)
· Chinese five-spice powder
Ribs are placed in a large pan, brought to a boil, simmered for few minutes. Hoisin sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, honey and five-spice are blended together. After draining the ribs, they are coated with prepared sauce mix, covered and refrigerated for some time. Finally, the ribs are grilled or barbecued turning around in between until they attain the characteristic glaze and start charring in places. These may be served hot with dipping sauce and a fresh greens salad.
A serving size of about 150 g supplies - 458 calories, 30 g fat with saturated fat content of 11g, carbohydrate 4 g with 0 g dietary fibre, 4 g sugar, 1.27 g salt and 44 g protein.
Although these chewy ribs form an extremely tasty, high protein appetizer but high levels of sodium, total fat content and cholesterol content tend to make them prohibitive. Fibre, Vitamins C and K, B-vitamins, folic acid and anti-oxidant nutrients like lutein, carotenes and zeaxanthin may be included by the use of plenty of fresh scallions.