Chinese salt and pepper pork ribs...This is one of the signature dishes from my mom. In fact, it was also the very first dish my mom taught me how to cook.
Prep Time: 10-15 Minutes Cook Time: 16-20 Minutes Serving: 4-6
Originally, it was an elementary school assignment. We were asked to cook a dish and bring back to school the next day. This dish was supposed to serve warm. Back then, there was no microwave yet, not until a few years later.
With 4 kids, even having some domestic help and waking up 5am every morning and going to bed after midnight every day, my mom just didn't have enough time to warm it up in the morning. Anyway, I still brought it back to school. Man, oh man....it was like hitting a jackpot. Everybody in my class loved it, even though it was cold.
I studied in Hong Kong. Other than the school assignment like this, parents are only allowed to send food to school for everybody for Christmas party.
Since this Chinese salt and pepper pork ribs, my mom sent at least a plate of food to school almost every Christmas to feed 30+ kids in the class. My mom became the celebrity at our schools because of her food. People always asked for encore.
Every Christmas, our friends at school would ask if my mom was going to send in any food. Wings is one of her signature dishes as well.
Also great served this in noodle bowl, such as rice noodles or Chinese bean threads.
Traditionally, my mom deep fried the boneless ribs and they were golden brown. To some westerners, they may not brown enough. So, I added the dark soy sauce in the marinade to do the browning process ahead of time.
Frontier Five Spice Powder
1.5-2 pounds Boneless Country Style Ribs (trim fat and cut into bite size; about 1-1.5" around)
Whole Dried Chili Pepper
Once it is opened, store it in the fridge which will last forever
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