Korean food is one of the least known of all the Asian cuisines. It is a cuisine that uses many of the same ingredients as Chinese cuisine but combines them in different ways. One delicious dish that I have eaten in Korean restaurants is this one with spareribs. I have added my own touches.
As it is a braised dish, it re-heats well. It makes a substantial meal and is perfect for a cool evening. Serve it with rice and another vegetable dish.
Have your butcher separate the spareribs into individual ribs and then into chunks which are about
Heat a wok or large frying-pan over a high heat until it is hot. Add the oil and, when it is very hot and slightly smoking, add the spareribs and stir-fry for 5 minutes or until they are brown. Remove them with a slotted spoon and discard all the oil and fat. Wipe the wok clean.
Put the rest of the ingredients into the clean wok or frying-pan. Bring the mixture to the boil and then reduce the heat. Add the spareribs, cover and simmer slowly for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. If necessary, add a little water to the sauce to prevent the dish from drying out. Skim off any surface fat, turn on to a warm serving platter and serve immediately.
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