Steamed Pork Ribs

Steamed Pork Ribs

Steamed pork ribs are made by steaming pork rib tips with whole black beans and oil to create a savory treat. The menu never specifies that the ribs or beer or pork, but diners know that they are never made with beef ribs because they are too big.

How to Order Steamed Pork Ribs

Say it in Chinese:
Pai Gwut

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Steamed Pork Ribs

How to Make Steamed Pork Ribs

Steamed Pork Ribs Recipe

Makes 4 servings

  • 1 1/2 lbs pork spare rib tips
  • 2 tablespoons black bean sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


Spare Ribs: Cut the spare ribs crosswise into 1-2″ sections.

Sauce: Combine the rest of the ingredients. Transfer spareribs and sauce into a shallow, heatproof pan that will fit inside a wok. Marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.


Set steaming rack inside of wok and fill with water almost up to height of rack. Turn heat to high and when water is boiling, turn heat to medium-high.

Final Preparation

Set pan with spareribs on top of a steaming rack in wok. Steam on medium-high heat for 18-20 minutes until ribs are no longer pink. Replenish wok with additional water, if needed.

HT: Recipe adapted from Steamy Kitchen. Photo by Esther Food Adventure.

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