Fragrant Sticky Pork Ribs With Cabbage Slaw
2.2kg American style pork ribs
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup mirin
1/2 cup sake
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
Juice and peel of an orange
2 tbsp sesame oil
3 cm piece ginger, finely grated
2 tsp white pepper
¼ white cabbage, shredded
¼ red cabbage, shredded
6 radishes, finely sliced
2 spring onions, finely sliced
2 shallots, finely sliced
1 tbsp toasted white sesame seeds
100 g kewpie mayonnaise
150 g natural yoghurt
Juice of a lemon
1 clove garlic, finely grated
Salt and pepper, to taste
Steamed Japanese short grain rice, to serve
Place the ribs in a large non reactive container or bowl. Combine all of the remaining ribs ingredients in a bowl with a good pinch of salt and mix to combine. Pour onto the ribs and massage so that they are all covered. Cover and let marinate in the fridge overnight, turning once.
Take the ribs from the fridge and allow them to come to room temperature.
Preheat the oven to 200 C. Lay the ribs onto baking trays, allowing a little space inbetween. Transfer any remaining marinade to a small saucepan and cook over a medium heat until slightly thickened.
Cook the ribs in the preheated oven for 30 – 35 minutes, brushing them with the marinade every five minutes, or until all of the marinade is used up and the ribs are deep in colour and caramelising around the edges. If the ribs are cooked and not as sticky as you would like by the 30 minute mark. Increase the temperature to 220 C for the final two minutes.
Meanwhile, make the salad by combining all of the ingredients together into a large bowl. For the dressing, simply whisk together all of the ingredients in a small bowl and season to taste. Pour over the cabbage salad and toss to coat.
Cut the ribs into smaller portions, serve with the salad and some steamed rice.
What else I’m cooking…
I’m cooking a lot from my new cookbook, Around the Table, at the moment! High rotation is the potato and sage gallette, ricotta orange olive cake and the flapjacks for the kids’ lunchboxes!
What else I’m eating…
I was recently in Sydney on my book tour and had TWO great meals! First stop was a brand new restaurant called Club Fontana in Redfern which was fun and delicious – loved the Sardine polpette and pane fritto. Second, a beautiful dinner at Bistrot 916. Classic French fare like scallop quenelle and steak frites – everything was divine. Also loved the sautéed spinach. Yum, Sydney!