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Friday, 8 November 2013

Let's Cook Thai - Southern Style Pork Ribs

Some of you might have noticed that I love pork ribs and most of the time i will choose to braise them, easy peasy.   I am lazy like that, easy preparation methods are always my way to go. Braising (if done well) results in very tender and succulent ribs, i love how the ribs end up with a taste that commingles with the braising liquid. Besides, it also provides a nice stew that goes very well with rice, our staple.   

With Asian Food Fest (AFF) blogging event, i have been curious if people from the featured country like pork ribs and how they make (preferably braise) them.  I have been looking out for their recipes and have been successful thus far.  I have done the Japanese style for last month's AFF here and moving on to Thailand for this month.  Hopefully my interest won't die out and will continue along with the AFF journey.  Looking forward to a collection of Asian Pork Ribs recipes!

The name of this dish is Gar Doog Mu Hung Le (Southern Thai Pork Ribs) which like in its name a typical Southern Thailand pork ribs dish.   Not much of a background on the dish?  That's about all i manage to find, my apologies if it is not enough to satisfy :)

So, how did this taste?  In one word, delicious! Very flavorful, just a hint of spiciness (which probably  would have been a lot more if not because i had to tone it down to suit my son), very fragrant from the herbs and a lot of sweetness from the onions.   We loved it although i didn't follow the recipe to a T.  I guess we have to play by ear (a little not too much lest the original flavors disappear with the playing) when trying out recipes from a different culture, some tuning maybe in need to make it to more acceptable for our taste buds.

Like i said earlier on, easy peasy, a 5 steps recipe!

Reference: Appon's Thai Food

Ingredients 1 
  • 60 gms Big Dried Red Chillies (1 tbsp prepared dried chili paste)
  • 60 gms Small Red Onion
  • 60 gms Garlic
  • 60 gms Lemon Grass
  • 60 gms Coriander Root (Roots from 2 plants)
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
Ingredients 2 
  • 600-800 gms Pork Ribs
  • 2 Tablespoon Fish Sauce
  • 400 ml Water
  • 4 Tablespoons Oil (omitted)
  • 4 Tablespoons Sugar (2 tbsp)
  1. Chop all the ingredients from the first list, pound together to form a paste. (I used a blender)
  2. Mix into the second lot of ingredients and leave for 30 minutes. (100ml water of water and left it for 1 hour) 
  3. Put pork into a medium size pot.  Add in remaining water and stir to mix well. Water should be just enough to cover ribs.
  4. Bring the pork and sauce to boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 1-2 hours. Add a little water if it dries out. (Ribs were tender within 1 hour)
  5. For best results, leave it overnight and recook it the following day. (Was good enough for us after 3 hours or so)
  1. The recipe above is doubled of the original recipe for my easy reference.  I normally make around 600-650g of pork ribs for 1 meal.
  2. My variations are noted in blue.  
  3. The biggest variation would be the amount of chili which i had to reduce to suit my son's accepted level of spiciness.  If  you have readily prepared chili paste on hand, it would be easier to control the spiciness by starting of with a smaller amount and increasing it to preference at a later stage.

I leave you with some sights around the iconic floating markets of Thailand.  This particular one here is in Bangkok at the Taling Chan District and on the Khlong Chak Phra canal.  One that is much smaller, popular with the locals (i.e. less touristy), personally it is one that is good enough for me to sample a flavor of the floating market.

Scenes along the canal taken during a long tail boat ride

I am submitting this post to Asian Food Fest (Thailand) - November Month hosted by Lena of Frozen Wings


I love this dish. Really easy peasy 5 steps. Maybe I should try using the slow cooker, need not have to check the water, hehehe. Thanks

This recipe should be easy to follow and I too like pork ribs. Thanks for sharing!

Thai dishes seem to be very appetizing. Looks really very delicious....and mouth watering now.

I loved cooking with pork ribs and running out of ideas. Your ribs look very delicious and easy too. Thanks for sharing.

I love braised pork ribs too, esp when they fall off the bone easily. This is worth trying when I want a change of recipe :) Thx for sharing.

Invite me over.. I love braised pork ribs too!

sounds delicious! i'm glad to read that you are happy with this pork ribs dish, it sounds quite easy to make too! just to point out, step2 in your modification notes, is it that you leave with 100ml from that 400ml water?

thx for your entry again. I guess i'll be seeing more pork ribs dishes in the coming all aff months :)

@Kimmy: Easy right? Using a slow cooker sounds like a brilliant idea :)

@Cheah: Most welcome, glad to know another ribs lover :)

@Mel: Thank you for the encouragement :)

@Veronica: Most welcome, hope you give this a try :)

@Yen: Most welcome, ribs are tasty that way huh, when they are nice and tender :)

@Lena: Thank you! I mixed it with 100ml of water at step 2 then add the rest of the water during step 3.

@What's Baking: I would love to have you over!

@Angie: Thank you for the encouragement :)

I love pork ribs too and am always happy when I see an easy recipe that yields a tasty dish!

Ade , I partial to pork ribs as well ! Though I just cook the same old , same old recipes :P Your Thai-style pork ribs certainly looks very appetizing , the flavor sounds wonderful ! I borrowed another Thai cookbook from the library but it doesn't have photos of the food , I hate cookbooks without food photos :P

I like pork ribs too, not too fatty:P I have not eaten this dish before even though I have tried quite a number of Thai dishes already. Looks delicious!

love thai and love this recipe :-)

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