Sunday, 29 September 2013

Stew Pork Ribs ("Lou" Pai Kwat)

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One of my favourite comfort food is this stew pork ribs, "lou" style. 

Actually, I don't go so much for the meat, but I love the gravy and the tofu that has fully absorbed the flavour of the dish.  This dish is just as good on the next day. 

The best cut to use is actually pork belly, but since I made this on the spur of the moment, I used pork ribs as that's what I had then.  Pork belly would be more flavourful due to the additional fatty layer in the meat, and after it's been slow braised for 1plus hours, the meat would be beautifully tender.  You can also use half a chicken, skin on.

I always make extra gravy, and use it as sauce for dry noodles the subsequent day.  Kill two birds with one stone. 

Stew Pork Ribs ("Lou" Pai Kwat)
Adapted from "The Chinese Kitchen" by Deh-Ta Shiung
Serves 4
  • 400g pork spare ribs
  • 3 pieces of fried tofu, quartered
  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • 400ml water
  • 2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 inch ginger, smashed
  • 1 fat clove of garlic, smashed
  • 3 tbspn light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbspn dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbspn chinese cooking wine
  • 1/2 tbspn sesame oil
  • 20g rock sugar
1.  Blanch the ribs in boiling hot water for 5 minutes, discard the water and rinse the ribs.

2.  Add all the seasoning ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil.  Add the ribs and tofu, and bring to another boil.  Turn down to simmer for 1/2 hour.

3.  Add the hard boil eggs and continue to simmer for another 40min.  Add the rock sugar and simmer for another 5 minutes, adjust the taste.  Serve with hot steam rice.

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  1. This sure looks comfort food and yes I want extra gravy too. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi Esther, hope things are well with you. Love this dish, all time favorite!

  3. This is so yummy. I love this too.

  4. Esther , I've seen that book at the library last time , will check it out when I see it again :D This flavorful dish looks really delicious !

  5. One of my favourite comfort dish too.

  6. Esther, this is a very delicious dish! I would go for the tofu and eggs :)

  7. Esther,
    This looks so good. I love 'Lou' style too.
    The gravy is so good to go with steamed rice or noodles the next day.
    Thanks for sharing this!


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