Braised Baby Back Ribs with Bean Threads

  • serves 4
Christine Cushing
Christine Cushing

These ribs are marinated over night to build in loads of flavour, then just add water and braise in the oven. Easy cooking for entertaining a crowd!

Bean threads are also known as cellophane noodles or glass noodles. They are translucent noodles made from the starch of green mug beans. Soak in hot water before using. Add the noodles to soups, stir fry?s or spring rolls. You can also deep fry them.

3 Ratings
Directions for: Braised Baby Back Ribs with Bean Threads


Braised Baby Back Ribs

2 lb(s) Baby back pork ribs, cut in 2 pieces (908 grams)

3 clove garlic, minced

2 Tbsp grated ginger (30 ml)

1 cooking onion, chopped

½ dried chile pepper, crushed or 1 fresh chile, minced

8 cloves, crushed

Small handful Chinese peppercorns (Szechuan peppercorns)

Grated zest of 1 orange

Juice of one orange

½ cup soy sauce (125 ml)

⅓ cup hoisin sauce (75 ml)

⅓ cup honey (75 ml)

Juice of ½ lime

½ cup dry sherry (125ml)


Bean Threads

1 5 oz package bean threads (also known as cellophane noodles) (150 grams)


Braised Baby Back Ribs

1. Add garlic, ginger, onion, chile, cloves, Chinese peppercorns, orange zest, orange juice, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, honey, lime juice, sherry to re-sealable plastic bag or bowl. Mix well. Add baby back ribs and turn to cover with marinade. Transfer to fridge and marinade overnight.

2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

3. Add ribs and marinade to a shallow roasting pan. Add enough water to just cover the ribs. Cover with foil. Transfer to oven. Cook until ribs start getting a little tender, about 2 to 2 ½ hours, turning often to ensure even cooking. Remove foil and cook for an additional 30 minutes until ribs are tender and most of liquid has evaporated. Cut the rack into rib portions. Serve ribs with the bean threads.

Bean Threads

1. Add enough boiling water to cover the bean threads. Soak for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water. Sauté the bean threads with some of the sauce from the ribs in a wok. Stir fry until heated through.

See more: Pork, Main, Dinner, Beans, Chinese, Chinese New Year


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