No stonking great ribs here, this is more about soupcons of dim sum flavour sucked from the skimpiest meat-hugging bone. Easy and delicious.
Combine all the ingredients except the spare ribs and red pepper in a bowl, toss the spare ribs in the mixture and leave overnight, covered and refrigerated, to bathe. Place them with their bath of flavours in a shallow dish set in a steaming tray, then steam for 20 minutes. Slip the red pepper pieces around the ribs in the steamer, carry on steaming for a further 5 minutes, or until cooked, then serve.
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