Char Siu Ribs

You should know by now how much I love to cook. Most of my recipes are pretty easy to follow and prepare, but every once in a while I like to challenge myself, just to prove that I can do it. And because I really want to eat what I see in some of my cookbooks. So: this recipe is not that easy, some of the ingredients need to be ordered on Amazon (unless you can find them in an Asian market), and it takes some moxy to pull it off. I hope you follow my lead, and cook these super delicious ribs from Stephanie Izard’s cookbook Gather and Graze!


What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1/2 soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup dark soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/3 cup maltose syrup or corn syrup
  • 3 tbsp red fermented tofu
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp Chinese Five-Spice powder
  • 1 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  •  1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 2 slabs baby back ribs or Chinese spareribs (about 3 pounds)

In a blender, combine wine, soy sauce, honey, hoisin sauce, syrup, tofu, sesame oil, five-spice powder, pepper and salt. Blend well. Pour half into a small bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight, it will be a glaze tomorrow. Pour the other half back into the blender and combine with canola oil, garlic and ginger. Blend well. Marinate the ribs 4 hours to overnight in the mixture.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Tightly wrap the ribs in plastic foil, and ensure that they are fully sealed. Then wrap them in aluminum foil. Put them on a sheet tray and roast for 4 hours. Unwrap the ribs and allow them to rest for 20 minutes.

Preheat the grill (or if you have no access to one like me, preheat the broiler). Cut between the ribs to separate them, then brush them with the leftover marinade. Grill or broil the ribs until a caramelized crust forms. Serve with rice or whatever your heart desires!

Bon Appétit!

For more info on Stephanie Izard’s cookbook Gather and Graze click here

Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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