Yours truly was one of the 20 bloggers on the West Coast selected to take part in this contest. Wow, I really feel quite grateful to be selected into such a niche group!
The winner gets $500 worth of groceries courtesy of Mapleleaf Canada. I know this will probably be a long shot considering the talent of the other contestants, but the reason I entered is because I'm hoping to donate the groceries to one of the non-government subsidised food banks/soup kitchens here in British Columbia. I find it quite appalling that in a 1st world country like Canada, there are still so many people who are starving on the streets.
EDIT: I have decided to enter this recipe into the contest! Please show your support by voting for me here. You can vote once every 24hrs. Nunu's Kitchen needs your support!! Thank you!
Honey Garlic Fried Ribs
You will need:
- 1 package Mapleleaf Prime Pork Back Ribs - cut into individual ribs.
- Canola oil for frying.
- For the marinade:
- 3 tbsp cooking Sake;
- 1 knob fresh ginger approx 2 finger lengths in size - juiced and pulp discarded;
- 2 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce;
- 1 tbsp brown sugar;
- 1/2 tsp salt;
- For the breading:
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs;
- 1/4 cup corn starch;
- For the sauce:
- 3 cloves garlic - minced
- 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- soak cut ribs in cold water for approx 30mins to drain away any traces of blood;
- Prepare marinade by mixing together the Sake, soy sauce, ginger juice, salt and sugar. It should taste sweet, yet salty at the same time, the fragrance of the Sake and the warm heat of ginger should be noticeable.
- Marinate the ribs in the marinade for at least 6 hours and preferably overnight.
- Once ribs are ready, remove them from the marinade juice and bread them in a mixture of breadcrumbs and corn flour. If you want an even fluffier and crunchier exterior, first dip the ribs in an egg wash before breading.
- Heat oil on medium heat. Test by dropping a bit of the breading in. It should not be so hot that the breading will immediately turn black!!! It should roll around and turn a nice golden colour. I don't have a deep fryer so I used the smaller pot I had xD hey it works!
- Fry the breaded ribs. I did mine in batches of 3 and it took approximately 5-6 minutes to turn golden. Once the ribs turn a medium golden colour and no more blood comes out of the bone, remove the rib and allow it to drain on some kitchen towel.
- Turn heat on high and allow oil to heat up.
- Fry the ribs a second time, about 30 seconds each should do it. They will now turn a darker golden colour and will be really crispy on the outside. Remove and allow to cool and drain on some kitchen towel.
- Make your sauce. Mix together the tomato sauce, honey and chilli flakes. Turn heat on low medium, in a pan, sauté the garlic in some oil. When garlic get fragrant, add the tomato sauce mixture. Stir well until sauce thickens. Er....yeah I didn't take a photo of the sauce but if you look in the right hand corner of the photo below, that's how the tomato sauce, honey, chilli flakes mixture should look like xD
- Add fried ribs to sauce. Mix well. Excuse the shoddy photo, my usual photographer was off playing Starcraft -__-
- Once ribs are evenly coated, remove from pan and serve immediately.
Please tell me what you guys think!!! should this be the recipe I enter into the contest? or is it too...blah? Any tips?