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Friday, 27 June 2014

Ribs the Vietnamese Way

Yes, that's pork ribs you are staring at in case you can't make out what it is!  Unfortunately that is the best photo that i can find for this dish even after changing plates, with garnish, without garnish, this angle, that angle etc, etc, etc and yet this is what i got.  I am sure fellow bloggers can relate to this.  Must have been my bad photo day.  Sometimes it's just so hard to get one nice photo.  I was contemplating whether to post it.   The good thing is it tasted delicious, it's just the photo that isn't doing it justice.  So, since i did do my homework, I will add it to my Asian Pork Ribs collection (if you have been following me on this) for good or for bad :)

This is really another simple recipe to add to the other 2  equally simple Vietnamese recipes (not that all Vietnamese dishes are simple, difficult ones are just not within my territory).  I think grilling is the more popular method with ribs but i am not doing the grill in this hot weather.  This recipe requires the meat to be marinated then pan fried for awhile before adding in water to braised the dish for the meat to be tender.

The addition of lemon grass and ginger made it really fragrant, good enough to  pique hubs' interest to  ask what was for dinner.

Adapted from: Wandering Chopsticks

  • 800g pork ribs
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, finely minced
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1-inch knob ginger, finely minced
  • 1 chili pepper, finely minced (omitted)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp Nuoc Mam (Vietnamese Fish Sauce)
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt  
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup water 
  1. Combine lemongrass, garlic, ginger and chili pepper and finely mince everything in a food processor until a rough paste is formed.
  2. Add honey, fish sauce, rice wine vinegar, salt and ground black pepper to the paste. Then slather the marinade all over the pork ribs.  
  3. Leave the ribs in the fridge to season for 1-2 hours.
  4. In a large sauce pan on high heat, drizzle a bit of oil and quickly sear the ribs. Add 1 cup of water, cover the pan, turn the heat down to medium-low, and let simmer for about 30 to 45 minutes.
  5. Check from time to time and make sure nothing's burning, stirring occasionally and make taste adjustments or add water if necessary. The marinade will gradually thicken into a rich sauce.
  1. The original recipes calls for pork chops which i substituted with pork ribs.
  2. I reduced the amount of water from 2 cups to 1 cup and adding about another 1/4 cup when the gravy starts to thicken.
  3. I used Thai fish sauce instead since it was on hand.

"I am submitting this post to Asian Food Fest - Indochina hosted by Kelly Siew Cooks."


Adeline, I can understand the difficulties you are facing when trying to take good pictures as well as trying for various styles and presentation. And on the other hand when we really want to share the delicious recipe out to fellow bloggers, so no matter what the pic came out, nice or blurry, we just select the most nicer one. I dont mind fellow bloggers posting even with a blurry pic, because I know they have made an effort tocook that dish and share it out with us. I thank you for the contribution. Love to try this dish either with pork or chicken in future.

This looks so flavoursome and lipsmackingly delicious!

I do understand what you mean! But in the end all that matters is the taste. Bookmarked!

That looks so delicious! I am not very familiar with foood from Indochina but I can see many delicious recipes from this event! Would love to try this!

All the above ingredients will definitely make a superlicious dish. I am sure it is a hit.

you know adeline, i can totally relate the experience about taking problem is poor lighting , sometimes i cant even focus properly. ..but it is really alright cos we all know ! hey ..hurray to another rib recipe to your collection! soon i'm going to call you queen of ribs " lol!

I don't think it's a bad photo at all, they look delicious! Thank you for your submission!

Ade , I just can't help but laugh while reading your post ! Totally true and my not posting anything last month was partly due to those freakin' blurry shots :P Hey , I know those are ribs and I'm pretty sure it was really good or you won't post it :D

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