Steamed Spicy Pork Ribs

If you love steamed pork ribs in the little bamboo baskets in your local Chinese restaurants that sell dim sums, you might love this to pieces. Instead of steaming those succulent ribs with soy sauce and preserved bean paste, we did a little twist, Indonesian-style. We ground generous amount of chilies, shallots and garlic with preserved beans (taoco). The paste (or rather, salted whole soy beans) was used to marinade the ribs and sprinkle freshly squeezed lime juice on top of everything. Pop them into preheated steamer. Serve with steamed rice.

Gotta try it to believe how simple it is.

Wash pork ribs and rid them from extra visible fat.

Grind chilies, shallot and garlic in a mortar and pestle.

It is best when the spices are not too fine. I did mine really coarse.

Add salted soy beans (taoco) into the mortar and grind everything together.

The paste is done when all the salted beans are ground and mixed well with chilies and the rest of the ingredients.

Preheat steamer in advance.

Combine ribs and chili paste in a heatproof plate (or bowl). Squeeze lime juice on top of everything. Sprinkle sugar and soy sauce.

Distribute paste to cover all ribs evenly. Arrange tomato pieces on the ribs.

Place plate in hot steamer.

Steam for 30 minutes till cooked and juicy. Remove from heat and serve with steamed rice.


Steamed Spicy Pork Ribs

Makes 2 servings


2 garlic
5 shallots
10 Thai bird's eye chilies
4 red chilies
1 tomatoes, quartered
400 g pork ribs, cut into medium sizes
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp soy sauce
Juice of 1 lime


Preheat steamer on stove top.
Grind garlic, shallot, chilies and salted soy beans to coarse paste.
Combine ribs, chili paste, sugar, soy sauce and lime juice in a heatproof plate.
Place plate in hot steamer and steam for 20-30 minutes.
Remove from heat and serve with steamed rice.

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14 Responses to “Steamed Spicy Pork Ribs”

  1. 1

    Lisa H. — April 12, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    Your photos are amazing… :D
    I dont take pork but I guess I can substitute them with chicken.. right?

    • Jun replied: — April 20th, 2011 @ 10:12 am

      Hi Lisa, I am not sure if steamed chicken would be great, since I have never tried it personally. Maybe slices of skinless chicken breast? That might work :)

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    Min {Honest Vanilla} — April 12, 2011 @ 11:52 pm

    Oh yums~ I always order that during dim sum :) I love your colour and the chili to dazzle!

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    Alan (travellingfoodies) — April 14, 2011 @ 2:33 am

    Hi Jun, I chanced upon your website while visiting Adam’s Paris patisseries. I adore your photos. really beautiful work here. are you using a Lowel Ego or something similar for your photos? very very professionally taken. :)

    • Jun replied: — April 20th, 2011 @ 10:10 am

      Alan, as much as I would LOVE to get my hands on a couple of Lowel Ego, I can’t find it in this country (which totally sucks, by the way). The only way for me to get decent shots is to do it next to a big and bright window. When the light is getting too bright, I hang a thin bedsheet on the window. Easy and cheap, but I have no control of the light. Pretty annoying, but it does the trick. Well, most of the time.

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    Ben — April 14, 2011 @ 11:33 am

    Another delicious recipe with delicious pictures :)

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    mycookinghut — April 14, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    Oh yum!! This is such a comfort food for me.. love the spice ;)

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    nisha — April 16, 2011 @ 5:03 am

    have never really tried steaming the pork ribs..should give it a go sometime..lovely colours

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    Biren @ Roti n Rice — April 17, 2011 @ 4:28 pm

    Looks delicious! Needs lots of rice with this dish :)

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    zenchef — April 18, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    What does it take to be invited to your table!? You surely can cook! Delicious.

    • Jun replied: — April 20th, 2011 @ 9:30 am

      Everybody (that’s not creepy) is welcome!

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    Papacheong — April 19, 2011 @ 7:38 am

    It sure looks NICE! My fav spareribs!

    Can’t wait to try it!


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    Yi @ Yi Reservation — April 25, 2011 @ 5:21 am

    Wow these ribs look super delicious. Never had anything like this but I am looking forward to trying this. Thanks for sharing!

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