Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Asian Inspired

Normally we do baby back ribs in bbq sauce in this household. And we don't do it very often because lord does one rack feed a ton of people! But the friendly butcher man at Ralphs talked me into it so I came home one evening with a nice rack o ribs. Inspired by the plum sauce in my cabinet I decided to use that for my marinade, with some other classic flavors mixed in. And since we were going for Asian flavors, instead of fries or potatoes, these ribs were served with noodles in a spicy sauce - and no, there's no wasabi in them!
Plum glazed ribs
2/3 cup plum sauce
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
2 Tbsp dry sherry
1 Tbsp minced ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 rack baby back ribs
2 scallions, sliced

1) In ziplock bag, combine 1/3 cup plum sauce, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sherry, ginger and garlic. Cut ribs into thirds. Place in ziplock bag with plum sauce mixture. Refrigerate overnight.
2) Remove ribs from bag and discard marinade. Heat oven to 350. Place ribs on broiler pan and baste with half of remaining plum sauce. Roast 1 hour, turning once.
3) Increase heat to broil. Baste ribs with remaining plum sauce. Broil 2-3 minutes. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with sliced scallions. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

Serves 3
Each serving has:
Calories 1,857.3
Total Fat 135.3 g
Cholesterol 535.3 mg
Sodium 1,595.9 mg
Potassium 1,706.4 mg
Total Carbohydrate 38.0 g
Dietary Fiber 1.4 g
Sugars 1.3 g
Protein 112.1 g

Spicy noodles with snow peas

1 1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 lightly beaten egg, at room temp
1/4 cup corn oil
1/4 cup sesame oil
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 snow peas, sliced into thin strips
2 scallions, chopped
1 1/2 tsp chili garlic paste

1) Combine mustard, vinegar, soy sauce, egg in food processor. Process until smooth.
2) Pour corn and sesame oils into glass measuring cup. With machine running add about 1/2 Tbsp oil in small drops. Add remaining oil in slow stream until sauce has emulsified and has mayonnaise consistency. Season with salt and pepper.
3) Toss sauce with snow peas, scallions, and chili garlic paste and serve over hot noodles.

Serves 3
Each serving has:
Calories 370.4
Total Fat 38.2 g
Cholesterol 52.4 mg
Sodium 586.8 mg
Potassium 147.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate 4.9 g
Dietary Fiber 1.3 g
Protein 3.1 g


  1. OMG those ribs look so freakin' delish. I wish they were lower fat! Maybe use your sauce recipe with pork tenderloin?

  2. These look delicious! My hubby and I love ribs and we'll have to try this sometime.

    Mind you he'd disagree with you on a rack feeding a ton of people, he could keep munching on a couple of racks. I'm sure he would with this recipe too!

    Thanks, I'll be trying this sometime!

  3. How do eat such things and stay so thin? I'm jealous.

  4. Does that say 1,857 calories?!