Ribs with pickled grapes and pork floss

1
4 hours

Ingredients

Ribs

  • 500g of pork ribs, separated into individual ribs
  • 50g of fermented bean curd
  • 10g of spring onions, roughly chopped
  • 5g of ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 5g of fermented black beans
  • 1 tbsp of Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tbsp of light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 3g of salt
  • 2 tbsp of toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp of sesame oil
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying

sticky sauce

  • 500g of sugar
  • 800ml of water
  • 150ml of Chinese red vinegar
  • 150ml of malt vinegar
  • 5g of star anise

pork crackling

  • 250g of pork belly skin

pork floss

  • 500g of pork leg, boneless
  • 500ml of water
  • 1 tbsp of light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp of fish sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp of oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 100g of granulated sugar

to finish

  • 5 grapes, ideally unripe
  • lemon juice
  • sorrel cress
  • apple blossom

Method

1
Begin by preparing the pork crackling. Bring 4 litres of water to the boil and add the pork skin. Leave to simmer for 3 ½ hours or until soft to the touch. Leave to cool in the liquid, then drain and scrape off any thick areas of excess fat until it has a uniform thickness (be careful not to rip the skin)
  • 250g of pork belly skin
2
Meanwhile, cook the pork floss. Simmer the pork in the water (covered) for 3 hours or until soft. Stir in the rest of the ingredients (apart from the sugar), then continue to simmer until all the water has evaporated
  • 500g of pork leg, boneless
  • 500ml of water
  • 1 tbsp of light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp of fish sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp of oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
3
For the ribs, mix the bean curd, spring onion, ginger, black beans, wine, soy sauces and salt together in a bowl that will fit inside a large bamboo steamer. Add the ribs, tossing to coat thoroughly, then place the lid on the steamer. Set over a pot of water simmering over a low heat and cook for 2 hours, until the ribs are tender but just holding onto the bone. Once cooked, remove the ribs from the steamer and set aside to cool and dry
  • 50g of fermented bean curd
  • 10g of spring onions, roughly chopped
  • 5g of ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 5g of fermented black beans
  • 1 tbsp of Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tbsp of light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 3g of salt
  • 500g of pork ribs, separated into individual ribs
4
Make the sauce by combining all the ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, then stir and cook for several hours until the mixture reduces to a honey-like consistency
  • 500g of sugar
  • 800ml of water
  • 150ml of Chinese red vinegar
  • 150ml of malt vinegar
  • 5g of star anise
5
Once cooked, lay the skin out on a dehydrator set to 60°C for 6 hours. If you do not have a dehydrator, place the skin on a rack set over a baking tray and place in an oven on its lowest setting with the door slightly ajar until dried out (roughly 6 hours)
6
Remove the pork for the floss from the pan and, using the back of a fork, shred the meat into strings. Place the shredded pork in a wok and gently cook over a low heat to remove all the moisture, then add the sugar to the pan and continue to fry, stirring constantly, until the meat turns dry and crisp (regular stirring is required to stop the floss from burning). Set aside
  • 100g of granulated sugar
7
Preheat a deep pan of oil or a deep-fat fryer to 180°C. Deep-fry the ribs in batches, cooking until they darken slightly in colour. Remove from the oil and drain on kitchen paper
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying
8
In the same oil, also at 180°C, break off small shards of the dried pork skin and deep-fry for a few minutes until they puff up. Remove from the oil and drain on kitchen paper
9
Add the deep-fried ribs to the reduced sauce and gently cook until the sauce sticks to the ribs. Slice the grapes very thinly and dress in a few drops of lemon juice
  • 5 grapes, ideally unripe
  • lemon juice
10
To serve, remove the ribs from the sauce and coat with the sesame oil and sesame seeds to finish. Place a rib on each plate, then top with the pork floss, shards of pork crackling and grape slices. Garnish with the sorrel and apple blossom to finish
  • 2 tbsp of toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp of sesame oil
  • sorrel cress
  • apple blossom