Thursday 19 May 2011

Baked Spare Ribs with Red Wine Lees

Apart from Hong Zao Ji(红槽鸡) which is one of the common confinement dishes that most confinement nanny would prepared. This Baked Spare Ribs with Red Wine Lees (烤红糟排骨) is also another simple Foochow(Xinghua - 兴化人) homecook dishes where red wine lees is used to marinate and bake together with the spare ribs.

Thanks to one of my cooking pal, Alice whom share her recipe and tips on baking this Foochow style spare ribs dish. This is indeed a keeper recipe and it is best to use spare ribs instead of the usual pork ribs for its tender texture and nice presentation. The adding of extra ginger juice here is to remove some of that pork odor as well as act as natural tenderiser to the spare ribs.

Ingredients: (serves 2 - 3)
600g Spare Ribs(排骨), about 10 pieces
2 Heap Tablespoons of Red Wine Lees(红糟)
1 Teaspoon of White Sesame Seeds(白芝麻), optional

1 Tablespoon of Cooking/Rice Wine
1/2 Tablespoon of Light Soy Sauce
1 Teaspoon of Dark Soy Sauce
1/2 Tablespoon of Sesame Oil
1 Teaspoon Fresh Ginger Juice
1 Teaspoon of Cornflour
Dash of Pepper

1. Trim, rinse and blanched the spare ribs in boiling water for about 3 minutes. Rinse well and set aside. (this step is to allow the meat to absorb the marinate but it is optional)

2. Marinate prepared spare ribs with Red Wine Lees and seasonings till well combined.

3. Transfer mixture into a zip-lock bag and keep in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to an hour. (try not to marinate more than ah hour or else the meat will be tough)

4. Arrange marinated spare ribs on baking tray that is line with baking paper and drizzle some extra sesame oil on it before baking in preheated 180 degree oven for about 25 - 30 minutes  or till meat is cooked through (turning at least twice to get an even colour coating).

5. Remove the cooked spare ribs, arrange on serving plate and sprinkle some lightly toasted sesame seeds on it for that extra fragrant.

If you have NEW ways of using these Red Wine Lees(红槽) for cooking/baking do share with us your ideas or recipes so that we can keep these traditional ingredient and dishes going on.

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  1. Wow... these ribs look SUPER delicious.  This is my very first time hearing red wine lees, and it's so interesting.  My mouth start to water by looking at ribs.  I need to chew on those.  What a yummy looking dish!  LOVE IT!

  2. Feel like pinching a piece from my computer screen. They look so delicious!

  3. like to bake this Baked Spare Ribs with Red Wine Lees once i got my home :)

  4. like to bake this dish once i got my home yummy

  5. like to bake this dish once i gotten my home

  6. What a beautiful looking dish. I too wish I can get a piece or two of it. Too bad I can't get Red Wine Lees if not for sure I will make this for our Memorial Day Weekend BBQ next week.

  7.  Sounds like a yummy dish! But I do not have nor do I know where to get that Red Wine lees:(

  8. Nami, i think u can also use the Choya Wine and the plum to marinate this dish. I am sure it will taste great too :p

  9. Jeannie: If you are from Singapore or Malaysia you can easier get those bottled wine lees from major supermarkets :)

  10. Gertrude, if you have the time and patience you can make your own rice wine and lees too. This site has some guide on it

  11. This sounds amazing!  The combination of the seasonings sounds perfect!

  12. Today I went to the very big Giant supermarket in Tampines to look for red wine lees. I search for over 30 mins but could not find any. Ellena pls inform me which shop to go to buy red wine lees.!

    1. Hi Carolina,

      Errr did you check with the staffs over there. Usually they put together with the light soy sauce, chilli sauce department. There is only 1 brand i think. NTUC, cold storage, shop and save sometime has too.


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